HELENA -- This week’s Sidelines reports on the 40th Mt. Helena Open Gymnastics meet, PRCA steer wrestler Ty Erickson’s big win in Denver and the 2019 Masters/Masterettes bowling tournament.

Mt. Helena Open gymnastics


Host Gym 406’s Reese Esponda, competing in the Level 9 division, swept all five categories, winning the all-around with 35.675 points. She also captured the vault at 8.850, uneven bars with 8.675, balance beam at 9.0 and floor exercise with 9.150.

Teammate Samaire Gittings, L6/JrB, placed second all-around (35.10), and was second on beam (9.050) and floor (9.275). Lily Bohler, L8/younger, captured the beam with 9.250, and placed second on bars at 9.100 and all-around with 35.300.

Mikayla Hall of 406, L7/older, took runner-up all-around (36.175) and was second on the beam (9.125) and parallel bars (9.0). Emma Rohrer-Fitzhugh, L7/older, tied for second on bars (9.0) and was sixth all-around.

Teammate Cerenity Wheeler, L7/younger, won the floor with 9.375, and placed third all-around. Grace Crandall, L6/JrA, captured the beam with 9.175, and finished third all-around.

406’s Brailey Sublette, L6/JrB, placed fifth on floor, while Becca Hartman, XS/SrB, placed runner-up on the floor (9.075), and took fourth on vault and all-around.

Team-wise for Friday, 406Gym was third in the all-ages and third in L8-10.


In the Level 4 division, Helena Athletic Club’s Audrey Snellman won the JrA all-around with 36.500 points, as well as the floor at 9.400. She also placed runner-up in beam (9.100) and vault (8.875).

Teammate Brooke Howlette won the vault at 9.050, and took second in all-around (36.100), floor (9.075) and bars (9.275).

HAC’s Reva Smith won the SrB beam with 9.050 and floor at 8.925, while finishing runner-up all around with 35.825. Teammate Ryliegh Doherty, JrB, took second in all-around (35.600), floor (8.950) and bars (9.050).

Aaliya Smith of HAC won JrA bars with 9.500 and finished third all-around. Dannika Vulk captured the SrA beam at 9.325.

Bella Yearry of Gym 406, placed second in the JrB vault with 8.925, and was fifth all-around. In the SrA teammate Bailey Olds garnered the vault with 9.100, and Marlie Hammond was third in JrA vault.

In the team competition, HAC placed runner-up.

At Level 3, 406’s Lily Yearry, JrB, garnered the all-around title with 36.400, while winning the bars at 9.400, and finishing second on beam and third on floor.

Teammate Brooklyn Smith, JrD, won the all-around at 36.975 and beam with 9.375. She was runner-up on floor and bars. Nevayah Weninger claimed bars with 9.350, and placed second in all around (36.225) and beam (9.175).

In the JrC, 406’s Macie Eveland captured the bars at 9.225 and was fourth all around, while Myla Dahlke won the JrB beam with 9.125 and finished third all around.

The Helena Athletic Club’s Nova Harlow won the SrC vault at 9.300, and took second in bars (9.150). Kendall Steen was runner-up in bars (9.225) and third on beam.

Teammate Brooke Carlson placed third in SrA beam, while Karlie Mindt was third in vault and beam. Alexis Krei, SrA, took fourth in vault and beam.

Eliza Mclean of HAC placed third in the JrA bars.

The team scores saw 406 place second, and HAC finish fifth.

Sunday boys

Will Collins of Gym 406 placed second all-around in the L4, with 52.100 points. He won the high bar at 9.000, and placed third in floor (8.700), vault (8.600) and parallel bars (8.800).

Teammate Ben Pargot, L6, was runner-up in floor (8.900), rings (9.000) and vault (8.300), and came in fourth all around.

Erickson wins big Denver rodeo

Helena steer wrestler Ty Erickson captured Denver's National Western Stock Show & Rodeo steer wrestling average championship last week, throwing three head in 11.9 seconds and collecting $5,572.

Erickson tied for second in the first go-round, in 3.6, for $3,084, and tied for first in the finals go in 3.8, for $1,188.

“I was able to achieve a huge goal of mine, to win the steer wrestling at the National Western Stock Show and rodeo in Denver Co.,” said Erickson, who pocketed total winnings of $9,844 for his efforts in the big Colorado event. “It’s difficult to win any PRCA ProRodeo when competing against the best guys in the world, so when you have that opportunity there’s no better feeling.”

The Capital City cowboy – a five-time WNFR qualifier – is currently ranked No. 1 in the world standings with earnings of $19,810.

Cox, Petersen win youth bowling tourney

Caylor Cox and Devin Petersen captured the Masters/Masterettes bowling Tournament recently at Sleeping Giant Lanes.

Cox won the scratch division championship, while Petersen garnered the handicap title. Both boys collected $300 scholarships for their efforts.

There were 56 youth entries in the preliminary qualifying rounds at SGL – 34 in the handicap division and 22 in the scratch division. The top 16 from each division moved on to the finals. Everyone bowled three games and the top eight moved on to match play.

The first-day awards went to Nolan Croskey (Great Falls) for high scratch game and four-game series, of 252 and 810; Skyler Ingraham (Helena) for high handicap game of 256; and high handicap series went to Toby Ottenbacher (Billings) with an 878.

Other local keglers placing in the top-four for scholarships were Seth Kleeman, Sarah Morand and Nathan Dupler. Top games by locals belonged to Evan Hinds (228), Justin Cavazos (223), Cox (222), Kleeman (210), Kaiden Hess (209) and Kade Smith (207).

Curt Synness can be reached at curt52synness@gmail.com or (406) 594-2878. He's also on Twitter @curtsynness_IR

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