South Xtra: Baldwin turns in a strong showing at WPIAL gymnastics

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First-year Baldwin High School gymnastics coach Jodi Cummings is optimistic about her team's future based on the fourth-place finish it turned in at the WPIAL gymnastics championships at Moon Area High School Saturday.

The Highlanders compiled 139.650 points, trailing Moon (145.825), North Allegheny (145.200) and Pine-Richland (141.450).

"We always have a tough team, and we always hang with the tougher teams," said Cummings, who competed for the Highlanders when she was a student and was the team's assistant coach since 2000 before becoming the head coach this year.

"We've always been a successful program since I was a gymnast," she said. "We've always had good kids coming out to work with us."

Junior standout Josie Karabinos had a solid meet for the Highlanders, winning gold medals in both the vault and the balance beam. She finished fourth overall in the all-around competition with 37.050 points.

Cummings was pleased with Karabinos' individual accomplishments, but stressed that team accomplishments carry more weight.

"There was a bronze division meet [on Friday night]," she said.

"The other teams brought [their competitors], but we brought our entire team. That's how we work. We work as a team, no matter what division you're in. We pull together as a team."

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