No Place like Home for Mahopac Gymnasts

Callie Johanson placed first in the all-around at the Mahopac Invitational. Credits: Vic McGee

MAHOPAC, N.Y. — You always want to win at home, especially when you put on a show in front of a big crowd with seven schools in attendance.

That was the case for the Mahopac varsity gymnastics team as it hosted the Mahopac Invitational meet against a big field.

It was a full house on hand at Lakeview Elementary School on Jan. 8 and Mahopac put on a grand performance as the Indians didn’t just win the meet, they dominated. Mahopac split the varsity into two teams so more girls would have the chance to perform, and the Mahopac Blue team came in first with the Mahopac Gold team close behind in second.

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“Oh yeah, you always want to win your own invitational and we did very well,” Mahopac coach Vin Collins said. “We were competing against ourselves as well as everyone else. It was our first time competing since December and we want to keep improving each time out. We’ve got two tough league meets coming up against Lakeland/Panas and Wappingers, so we used this as a lead in for next week and the girls did a great job.”

The girls kept their composure and performed well all night long, despite a break in the action as the uneven bars came crashing down. The coaches had a meeting and determined to continue the meet without the uneven bars included in the scoring and the girls competed in just the floor, vault and balance beam.

Mahopac Blue finished with a score of 50.65 for first, with Mahopac Gold took second at 48.3 and Carmel Red was third at 46.9.

Leading the way for Mahopac was Callie Johanson as the sophomore won the all-around title. Johanson scored an 8.35 on the vault, 9.1 on the balance beam and she saved her best for last and dazzled the crowd with a 9.4 on her floor routine.

“It felt pretty good, despite the fact that the bars collapsed,” Johanson said of her performance. “It feels good to win at home. We’re a pretty good team and our goal is to win sectionals.”

Johanson wasn’t the only one who turned in a good performance on the night for Mahopac. Chloe Lee finished fifth in the all-around as the eighth-grader scored a 7.95 on vault, 8.0 on beam and 8.7 on the floor.

Mahopac’s Hailey Woods came in first in the floor exercise with a score of 8.45, with Kayley Mattos in third at 7.35.

On the balance beam, Cassie Traina was second for Mahopac with a score of 8.6, and Raquel Nelson was fifth at 7.4.

Alex Porcelli was second for Mahopac on vault with a score of 8.05, while Kristen Huber was fourth, Katherine Dorovitsine fifth and Annalee Hammel sixth for the Indians.

It all adds up to a good night for Mahopac, and one that Collins feels will give the Indians confidence heading toward the big meets ahead on the schedule.

“She’s very good, and as successful as she is now, she will be better by the end of the season,” Collins said of Johanson. “I think the best is yet to come for Callie and all the girls. I’m pleased with everyone’s performance tonight and we anticipate everyone improving by the end of the season.”

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