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Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:25 pm

It’s early in the season for both the Odessa High and Permian gymnastics teams, the Bronchos and Lady Bronchos having competed twice, with the Panthers and Lady Panthers having taken the floor once.

Both teams had a chance to shine during competition at the annual City Championships Meet Thursday inside the Permian gymnastics gymnasium and the four squads showcased standout performances that bode well for the upcoming season.

In the boys teams race, Permian earned a 172.90-162.10 victory against the Bronchos thanks to Ryan Dominguez’s all-around crown (58.30 points), with brother Brandon finishing second (57.90). Odessa High’s Nicholas Drakus was third with 56.10 points.

Ryan Dominguez won the pommel horse and rings, tied for first on parallel bars and tied for second on floor exercise, vault and high bar, which was won by Brandon Dominguez, who tied his brother for the parallel bar crown.

Drakus won the floor exercise event for the second straight year, this time with a 9.70 marking, and added the vault crown as well.

“Nicholas had a great floor routine,” Odessa High coach Tony Gonzalez said. “He does well in that event, and on vault, too.

“He struggled a little bit on high bar, which was unusual because he won that event at the Key City Invitational in Abilene.”

The girls competition was also won by the hosts, with the Lady Panthers scoring 110.20 points, while the Lady Bronchos finished with 104.50.

Odessa High’s Brittney Paredes was the all-around champion with a four-event total of 38.05 points, easily outdistancing Permian’s Bridgett Pando (36.95) and Joannaly Gonzalez (36.25).

“I really wanted it really bad,” Paredes said after defending her all-around title from 2016. “After vault I wasn’t sure I was going to pull through and then my floor score helped me a lot and I knew that I had to give my best beam routine of my life.

“I was so happy that I did (defend) because this is my senior year and it’s really an honor. It’s my last year and I’m enjoying every single moment of it.

Paredes won the uneven bars and balance beam events, with Pando finishing first on vault and floor exercise.

Odessa High girls coach Lisa Torrain was happy for Paredes and ecstatic about the Lady Bronchos’ effort during the meet.

A year ago, Odessa High scored 96 points in this event as Torrain took over the program just two weeks before school started. Now, with a full season under her belt, along with having a summer program in place, Torrain was all smiles for Paredes and the rest of the team.

“The thing that I love about my team is that they just keep getting better and better in their performance and their confidence,” Torrain said. “Sometimes it’s just a minute improvement with a skill, but that’s what I’m constantly looking at them, for those minute improvements.

“Each competition, the scores are always going to fluctuate, but when your performance, attitude and your confidence and the way you come into a competition and the way you exit a competition continues to improve, I’m always going to be happy with that.”

Unlike Paredes’ low mark on vault, Pando’s stumbles came on uneven bars and balance beam with compulsory scores of 9.10 and 8.75 respectively.

Permian girls coach Brandi Pettus was happy to get another victory, but still is looking for more consistent performances from her squad — especially against a crosstown rival early in the season.

“I told the girls before the meet that they (Lady Bronchos) really want to come in here and beat you,” Pettus said. “They really do.

“The idea for us is that our scores keep improving and our rank goes up as the year goes on when it comes to all teams, not just the one team we are going against today. I feel sometimes they come in more comfortable instead of ready to compete; the last two meets have been like that.”

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