PINE ISLAND, Minn. – Two churches come together to show their support for their team. Pine Island Zumbrota-Mazeppa gymnastics was sent off in a great way to the state tournament on Friday, a tournament not many were expecting at the start of the season.
“”[We] We started the season 12 weeks ago. We didn’t know if we would get a section meeting, let alone a state tournament meeting. To get that extra get-together, we’re really excited, the girls are excited, “said head coach Chris Templeton.
PIZM is making its fourth trip in a row to the tournament, a testament to the hard work the girls have put in over and over again.
“To see these girls and how they’ve accomplished so much in the past four and five years and six years, they went to the gym together and now they’re putting it together,” said parent Todd Cordes. “Hopefully this is our year.”
It means so much to these athletes that both communities support them year after year.
“They are definitely our number one fans and they have supported us over the years,” said Senior Kenzie Cordes.
“They are doing their best to show up for us and support us, see our livestreams, and it really helps us with our nerves and knowing that there are people behind us who support us no matter what,” said Senior Jaci Newman.
Parent Deb Berg said it doesn’t matter which school the girls go to, support is even.
“I don’t think we’re going to sit in the stands and say the girl from Zumbrota or the girl from Mazeppa or the girl from Pine Island,” she said. “We are PIZM, we are one and this is how it should be.”
One last farewell and one last meeting for many of the athletes.
“For the six of us this will be the last meeting of our entire career and we’ve come a long way to be sure to stay in the moment and enjoy it all,” said Newman.
“I have a lot of memories to make today,” said Cordes.