NIWOT — It's a darn good thing Amelia Sears is so level-headed or else the enormity of competing in her final home meet at Niwot would have gotten the better of her.

The Cougars senior captain may not have had her best night, but her scores were good enough to win the all-around on Wednesday night against Broomfield. Sears scored a 35.55 to edge teammate Lindsay Chohon by .1 point.

"I enjoy this night, it was just a lot more exciting," said Sears, whose best two performances of the night came on the floor (9.2) and on the bars (9.0). "I was just hoping to kick some butt and help my team, because I wouldn't be able to do it without them."

Broomfield, which currently holds the third best team score in Class 5A behind defending champion Pomona and Overland, was holding a few gymnasts back on Wednesday in order to be ready for Saturday's big Cherry Creek Invitational, but still scored a 175.9 to win the dual over the Cougars.

Niwot reached the pinnacle of the sport last year, winning the Class 4A crown, and Sears knows that in order to repeat, the next three weeks will crucial. They will start to put a few more things together next week at their league meet on Wednesday night at Mountain Range.

"There is always room for improvement," Sears said. "But I think if we work together as a team, we can win."


And the Cougars have the depth to do it as well. Against Broomfield, first year coach Marisa Purcell had four girls compete in the all-around and that is the hope when they get to state next month at Thornton as well.

Sears, Chohon (34.45), junior Lilli Martin (33.725) and freshman Taylor Green (33.55) give the Cougars a legit shot.

"All I can do as a coach is teach what we are capable of," Purcell said. "Sometimes we lose sight of that when we have injuries and that is sad and you have to work through it, but on the flip side you find those that step up to the plate and bring it out.

"Everybody's goal is to make it to state and for us to be state contenders. We know we are going against some great teams, but we need to stay humble and be proud of what we did last year, but we still have to work hard to get there again."

On Wednesday, senior Alexis Carroll won the balance beam and was the only gymnast to score a 9.0 in the event. Chohon capped off the night with a beautiful performance on the floor that earned her a 9.6 from the judges and the top spot on the podium.

Broomfield's Abby Holbrook won the vault with a score of 9.1 and junior Nicole Remund won the uneven bars with a score of 9.45.

"Certainly I'd love to be 100 percent and we are not quite there yet," said Broomfield coach Erika Taga, who knows she still has some time to tinker with her lineup to maximize the points and try to make up the small difference between themselves and the teams they are chasing. "We are getting there. Every year is just a test of our patience and I think these girls get tired and their bodies break down.

"We are making the right steps forward."

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BROOMFIELD 175.9, NIWOT 173.975

At Niwot

All-around — 1. Amelia Sears 35.55 2. Lindsay Chohon 35.45; 3. Lilli Martin, Niwot 33.725.

Vault — 1. Abby Holbrook, Broomfield, 9.1; 2. Alexis Carroll, Niwot, 8.85; 3. Lindsay Chohon, Niwot, 8.85.

Uneven bars — 1. Nicole Remund, Broomfield, 9.45; 2. Heidi Liles, Broomfield, 9.25; 3. Nicki Verheyen, Broomfield, 9.1.

Floor — 1. Lindsay Chohon, Niwot, 9.6; 2. Nicki Verheyen. Broomfield, 9.55; 3. Abby Holbrook, Broomfield, 9.45.

Beam — 1. Alexis Carroll, Niwot, 9.0; 2. Abbi Edgerly, Broomfield, 8.85; 3. Maya Teaford, Broomfield, 8.75.