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Lakeville North's title ends drought for tradition-rich program

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 02/24/17, 10:40PM CST

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After a six-year drought, Lakeville North returned to the state meet in 2010 and on Friday won its first title since 2003


Lakeville North team members are overcome with joy after learning they had won the Class 2A gymnastics team championship (David Joles - Star Tribune)


Lakeville North's Anna Altermatt talks about the Panthers' state championship

Lakeville North revived memories of glory days and gave a glimpse of even more glorious days yet to come, winning the Class 2A gymnastics team championship with a score of 149.325.

From 1993 through 2003, Lakeville was the standard of excellence in high school gymnastics, winning nine Class 2A team championships in 11 years. The district split into two high schools in 2005, with Lakeville becoming Lakeville North.

Anna Altermatt was barely a year old when the Panthers won their last state championship, but the significance was not lost on her.

“It means a lot to bring a championship back to Lakeville,” the 15-year-old freshman said. “We’ve heard all about those teams.”

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