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Prep gymnastics photo: Middleton's Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn wins the Big Eight title on the uneven bars

Middleton's Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn performs her Big Eight Conference championship-winning routine on the uneven bars during Saturday's conference meet at Madison Memorial. The senior won the event with a score of 9.35 points.

The Middleton and Madison Memorial gymnastics teams earned the chance to represent the Big Eight Conference in the WIAA Division 1 state gymnastics meet with their performances at Saturday’s Middleton sectional.

The host Cardinals won the eight-team sectional, scoring a season-best 138.325 points, and Madison Memorial qualified for state with a second-place finish after tallying 138.975 points.

The Spartans scored a season-high 32.5 points on the uneven bars, their last event of the day, to pass Madison East/La Follette for second place. Madison United was third (138.025).

The state team tournament will take place Friday in Wisconsin Rapids, followed by the individual competition on Saturday, March 4.

Middleton senior Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn, who had missed much of the season with an injury, showed she is back in form. She won the individual all-around title, tallying 37.1 points to lead the list of area state qualifiers.

Along the way, Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won on uneven bars (9.275) and took second in floor exercise (9.375) and vaulting (9.35). She qualified for individual state in those three events, but not on balance beam, where she tied for sixth (9.1).

Madison United junior Tyra Turner was the all-around runner-up, scoring 36.8 points to edge senior teammate Celia Ramsey’s 36.775 total. Turner won vaulting (9.375), with Ramsey third (9.3). Turner also won floor exercise (9.45), with Ramsey third (9.3), and took second on beam (9.45).

Madison Memorial junior Natalie Donkle and senior Sam Adler both qualified for individual state in the all-around, with Donkle scoring 36.35 points and Adler 35.925. Adler won the balance beam, scoring 9.6, with Donkle third (9.4).

Madison West sophomore Alex DeAngeles took second on uneven bars (9.05). Verona/Madison Edgewood finished fourth in the team race (134.15), followed by West (133.775).

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Sun Prairie senior Paige Millard scored 9.175 points in vaulting to finish fifth and qualify for individual state, and junior Allayah Lane qualified for individual state with a fourth-place finish in floor exercise (9.35).

However, the Cardinals’ team score of 137.7 points was not enough to earn a state team berth, as Brookfield East/Central won the eight-team meet (144.925 points) and Hartland Arrowhead qualified with a runner-up finish (142.45).

Millard finished seventh (35.75 points) and Lane ninth (35.075) in the all-around.

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Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.