Time Capsule: 1979-80 Chi-Hi Women’s Gymnastics Team | Local News


(Chippewa Herald, December 3, 1979)

Chi-Hi Gymnasts Open at Cadott. The Chi-Hi women’s gymnastics team begins its 1979-80 season Tuesday night with a meet at Cadott.

Third-year coach Bob Beyerl has a core of five senior letter winners returning from last year’s team, which won second place behind La Crosse Central in the Big Rivers Conference meeting.

Returnees include Judy Mower, Carleen Bowe, Kris Pickerign, Lori Bourget and Julie Loibl. Mower finished fourth on uneven bars in last year’s conference meet and is the top performer on the team. Bourget tied for fourth in floor exercise and is also strong on balance beam and vault. Bowe’s strongest is even jumping. She finished tied for fifth last season. Pickerign excels on balance beam, while vault and uneven bars are Loibl’s strongest events.

“We are very young in terms of experience,” Beyerl said, “but the girls work hard and the attitude is 100% better than last year. The children are very close and work well together I really think we can go out and do something this year.

Other team members are senior Debbie Crossett; juniors Connie Hines, Brenda Jaenke, Karen Oliver, Kris Nelson, Kathy Larson and Gayle Stanek; and sophomores LeAnn Bourget, Patti Schoenberg, Diane Smith, Nancy Whelan, Chris Raihle, Lisa Kammeyer and Kathy Kendrior. Beyerl’s assistant this year is Char Bailie.

Photo caption: The Chi-Hi Women’s Gymnastics Team comeback letter winners are, left to right, Carleen Bowe, Kris Pickerign, Lori Bourget, Judy Mower and Julie Loibl.

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