This update was provided by head coach Rich Ellis.
The boys gymnastics team was defeated by arch-rival
Burlington High School on Friday, Jan. 20 by a score of 162.9 to 154.5.
Burlington’s depth was too much for the Wamps young squad. Senior’s Tim Lebbossiere and Brett Ellis did their usual solid and exciting stuff but the Red Devils Freshman sensation, Mark Girouard and many others, lead their team to the victory stand.
There is a very interesting history between these two teams dating back to
the 1970s. The first and second place MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic
Athletic Association) Team State Championship has been flip flopped between
Braintree and Burlington. Each team has had a little help from the private sector
gymnasiums during the offseason.
Gymnasts, like many athletes, predominantly train year round to achieve high
levels of difficulty and performance. It is a sport of specialized technique and
repetition and cannot be interrupted with extended time off from training. As
the gymnast progresses, he or she are introduced to higher level gymnastics and
more potential dangerous type skills.
Off season, Tim and Brett train at the Ellis Gymnastics School in Braintree. Other
high level high school gymnasts also train at private gym schools around the
Commonwealth. Local, State and Regional (New England) competitions are held
among the gym clubs athletes in March/April and a Junior Olympic National
Competition is held in May. This year, Tim and Brett will qualify to compete in
The BHS gym team will travel to Attleboro High School on Wednesday, Jan.
25 for a meet at 4:30 p.m., where they hope to regain that winning tradition!