Rudder High School Gymnastics Team Heads to North Texas for State Championship


BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — The next time Rudder High School’s gymnastics team uses a balance beam, they’ll be competing for a trophy. The boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the state championship in Rockwall, TX.

Students, faculty and staff lined the halls of Rudder as gymnasts made their way to the vans.

“They’ve been so supportive and I think it’s really given them a boost and a pump to see all of their teachers, friends and administrators come out and give them a boost as they get out of town,” said said women’s gymnastics head coach Cali Currie.

Although the team qualified for state last year, Abbey Ricks still feels the pressure to end her high school career with a big win.

“You’re always nervous because it’s such a big competition, but the nerves definitely calm down once you’re competing,” Ricks said.

The coaching staff say they have confidence in their team as long as they have confidence in their preparation.

“If you can do it in our gym, you can do it in their gym, you just have to realize, ‘hey, we’re in a different place.’ The equipment is still the same, your routine will be the same, so just do what you know how to do,” said boys’ head coach Omar Loya.

Rudder will begin competition on Thursday. To follow the team’s journey to the state championship, click here for a live stream of the competition.

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