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Dwenger 2nd at state gymnastics

Valpo wins; Carroll 6th

MUNCIE -- Déjà vu was all over the place again, as the clock leaned toward5 in Worthen Arena Saturday afternoon.

Once more, same as two years ago, it was down to nine-time state champion Valparaiso and five-time champ Bishop Dwenger in the state gymnastics meet, with three rotations down and one to go.

Once more, same as two years ago, all that stood between Dwenger and a sixth title was four inches -- the four-inch width of the balance beam, their last rota of the day.

This time they couldn't quite turn it into a four-lane highway.

That's becauseValparaiso's last rota was the more-scoreable floor exercise, and the Viking scored. Their 28.350 in floor was their third plus-28 score, and they edged Dwenger 111.850, Dwenger 111.25.

Carroll finished sixth at 105.275.

Then there was Angola senior Alex Nickel, who did turn the beam into a four-lane highway.

Nickel threw a 9.525 at the field as the very first beam competitor of the day, and it stood up for a state championship. It was Nickel's third individual state title -- and it was the gaudy bow on a day in which she also tied for third in floor exercise, finished third in the all-around and won the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award.

"It's a very special award, obviously. I'm very proud of it," Nickel said.

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High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.