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Tom Mix, Published February 26 2014

Davies gymnast Bock says not overthinking can help her succeed at state

FARGO – Fargo Davies senior gymnastics standout Kiara Bock is approaching the final meet of her prep career.

This weekend’s North Dakota state meet in Bismarck is Bock’s last opportunity to add another individual state championship to her trophy case, but she hasn’t given that notion a lot of thought.

“The biggest thing for me to do well is not to overthink things,” said Bock, who won a state title in the beam as a sophomore. “I can’t go into my events and think about every possible thing that could go wrong. If I relax and stay calm, I think that helps more than trying to zone myself in.”

Bock is coming off a productive Eastern Dakota Conference meet last weekend in which she took first in both the beam and floor events.

Injuries kept Bock out for half the season, and a nagging wrist injury has limited her to the beam and floor events.

“Kiara has been giving it her all even despite the injury,” Fargo Davies head coach Amber Diemert said. “Her routines were a little watered down when she came back, but she is back to where she was before. Going into the state meet, I have high hopes for her, and I think she can do well.”

Bock’s EDC score in the floor event was 9.750 – her season-best mark and one of the top performances in North Dakota this season. Her average score in the event is a 9.6, which ranks fifth in the state.

“Early on in the season, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do as well as I have the last few seasons, but I feel a lot better about my performances right now,” Bock said. “I think I speak for any athlete when I say it is hard to compete with an injury, but it is something you have to do for the team. If you’re motivated and dedicated enough to perform, than that is something you have to be working for.”

In the beam, Bock’s top mark this season is 9.6. She is averaging a score of 9.483 – fourth-best in the state.

“Even throughout the injuries, she has been able to maintain high gymnastics ability,” Diemert said. “She is one of those kids with natural talent and she can push herself.”

Valley City heading

to state with momentum

Valley City enters the state meet as the top team from the East after winning the EDC team title last weekend.

The Hi-Liners edged Davies for first place, posting a team score of 142.9. In team score averages, Valley City ranks fourth behind West Region contenders Dickinson, Minot and Bismarck Century.

“Our wishes are coming true,” Valley City head coach David Fisher said. “We were hoping to peak around this time of the year. We had some of the highest scores of the season last week, and we are looking pretty strong heading into state. I think we should be competitive.”

Fisher and his, wife Suzanne – an assistant coach on the team – took over the program two years ago.

The Hi-Liners had seven gymnasts qualify for the state meet.

Leading the way is junior Bethany Crump, who won the EDC all-around title with a score of 37.100. Crump took first in the bars and the vault.

“Bethany is new to the team this year, but she has been in the gym for a long time,” David Fisher said. “Her skill levels are high and she has a lot of difficulty in her routines, which gives her the opportunity to score some bonus points. She has the ability to do even better at state if she hits everything,”

Freshman Taylor Johnson and junior Rebekah Fisher placed third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around at the EDC meet.

“The team has really come together,” David Fisher said. “It has been a team effort all year and has been a good experience for the girls as well as the coaches.”

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