LCHS gymnastics continues longstanding streak at state

One of the many things that makes Garland ISD unique is its robust Choice of School program, featuring magnet campuses. And one of those proud magnets is Lakeview Centennial High School. Offering the district’s College and Career magnet program, one strand includes Classical studies such as dance, Latin and piano courses. It also includes gymnastics, which boasts a longstanding tradition of excellence. Lakeview’s girls and boys teams regularly advance to and place at state competition.

For the fifth-consecutive year, the boys gymnastics team qualified for state during the 2017-18 season after finishing second in district competition and third in regionals. The team claimed 10th overall, and individual athlete accomplishments included Jesus Villalobos who was the pommel horse champion at both the district and regional level and then took second place at the state meet. Villalobos is also a member of the Texas HS National Team, along with Lakeview teammate Liam Mahagan. Lastly, Aaron McLean claimed 10th place in the pommel horse event.

Three members of the LCHS girls gymnastics team advanced to the state meet as well—and two of them achieved this impressive accomplishment as freshman. Ninth-graders Breyana Robinson and Kayla Esquival placed in the all-around event, as well as on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Additionally, senior Cierra Satterthewaite placed on the vault and balance beam. This marked Satterthewaite’s third time to compete at state because she was part of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 girls teams that advanced as well.

Lakeview’s gymnastics program received Evidence of Excellence recognition at the Aug. 28 Board of Trustees meeting.

“I just want to thank the board for all of the support that we get,” said boys coach Kevin Muenz. “Garland ISD has been great as far as endorsing gymnastics and keeping it alive. Gymnastics is not a UIL sport. We self-manage our own sport, and we’ve done it for more than 50 years. It’s because of people like you who keep it alive.”