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 Fraser High’s Isabella Dyer works through her routine on the balance beam during a recent practice. The Ramblers believe they have what it takes to qualify for the state final.

Fraser High’s Isabella Dyer works through her routine on the balance beam during a recent practice. The Ramblers believe they have what it takes to qualify for the state final.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Fraser High gymnastics thinking state finals

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 3, 2020

 Constance Gesko does a handspring on the vault during a recent practice. The team’s motto this season is “everything counts.”

Constance Gesko does a handspring on the vault during a recent practice. The team’s motto this season is “everything counts.”

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FRASER — Fraser High gymnastics coach Ashley Ahearn recently said the team’s motto this season is “everything counts.”

While a lot of teams have had mottos over the years, this one didn’t come about by mere happenstance. Last season, Fraser missed out on going to the state finals by three-tenths of a point.

The top three teams from each regional earn a spot at the finals, and the Ramblers finished fourth.

“But it gave us the drive this season to work even harder,” Ahearn said.

As for the team’s motto, Ahearn said, “That’s just a good reminder of pointing your toes, legs straight, little steps on landings; all of that stuff can make a difference when we get to regionals in order to qualify to states.”

Fraser competes at a regional March 7 at host White Lake Lakeland.

It is no ordinary squad that the Ramblers have returned with this season.

“This is by far the most talented team that we’ve had at Fraser since I would say like ’91 or ’92. The team is fantastic,” Ahearn said.

The coach estimated that 1991 was the last time Fraser qualified for the state finals, and accomplishing that feat again is something she said would be “really special.”

“We’ve talked over and over with the team, and we told them this is a Hall of Fame team,” Ahearn said. “This is a team that should go in the books at Fraser. … If it’s going to happen, this is when it’s going to happen. We have girls that, they don’t just have the talent, but they have the drive to want to be there.”

Along with fellow senior Isobel Muskovin and junior Isabella Dyer, Haylee Hawkins is a team captain. She has also given some thought to making the state finals as a team.

“It would be really special, especially because it’s my senior year,” Hawkins said. “I feel like it would be a good way to go out with a bang.”

A couple of factors that could make a state finals appearance all the more special for Ahearn is that she is a graduate of the school (2006), and unlike some other programs, Fraser has not combined with any other schools to form a team.

“I love this team; I’ve loved it since I was on the team,” Ahearn said. “We’re a small group. … We don’t draw from anywhere else but Fraser. So, I think it’s really special that one group of kids can come together and do it.”

Ahearn also noted the contributions from her assistant coaches Elizabeth Avila and Heather Carrigan and the support the team receives from the school.

“And then the girls are working so hard. So, I think the state of the program is the best it’s been,” she said. “We’re not going to let that three-tenths happen this year.”