Homestead fended off the host Chargers during Saturday’s six-team Carroll gymnastics invitational, scoring 106.825 points to runner-up Carroll’s 104.725.

Sophomore Gina Zirille fueled the Spartan victory with first-place finishes in all four events, scoring 9.7 on the vault, 9.45 on bars, 9.25 on beam and 9.525 on floor for a championship 37.925 in the all-around.

Teammate Kendyl Bond placed third all-around (34.3), finishing third on bars (8.550), fifth on floor (9.05) and sixth on beam (8.45).

Allison Sierks claimed two additional steps on the podium for Homestead, placing fourth on both the floor (9.1) and beam (8.8).

It was a battle of postseason rivals, as Carroll and Homestead have shared spots in the top three at the Concordia sectional for six years in a row.

Carroll last won the title in 2018, while the Spartans are currently on a two-year streak.

“We just have some things to work out. I think there’s a lot more in us,” Carroll Head Coach Rosemary Scheele said.

“I know Homestead’s a good team and I knew who they had coming back, so I figured they would win, but I was very pleased with second place.”

For the Chargers’ upperclassmen, it was a return to form, especially for seniors Julia Goodine and Sami Givens. The pair are both coming off injuries from last year.

Goodine was the runner-up in the all-around (36.975), placing second on the bars (9.25), vault (9.3) and beam (8.9), and tying Zirille for first in the floor exercise (9.525).

Givens was third on both the vault (9.15) and beam (8.85), and junior Bella Hoogland finished sixth all-around (32.775), climbing the podium at fourth on beam (8.8).

“Julia is a given. I think Julia is going to get better, keeping in mind that she was pretty much out the entire season last year with a broken ankle, and Sami was completely out for a whole year — Sami hasn’t competed since her sophomore year,” Scheele said.

“So, those girls coming in and doing what they did today, I was very pleased. They still have room for improvement for sure, and I’m sure they will gradually get there.”

Carroll will host Huntington North on Jan. 13.

The Spartans were scheduled to face Snider on the road Tuesday, followed by a home matchup against Angola on Thursday.

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