Baldwin to recognize pair of local gymnasts
Area gymnasts Carly Biddle and Hallie Perozich will be lauded Friday as part of Baldwin's senior recognition night at Premier Gym and Cheer.
There are no seniors on the Baldwin gymnastics team this season.
But Biddle, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, and Perozich, who attends South Allegheny, are seniors who train with the Baldwin gymnasts at Premier Gym and compete independently.
“I have been coaching Carly for a long time. I have watched her grow from a small child to a teenager, and I can't believe she's a senior in high school already,” Jodi Cummings, Baldwin's head coach, said. “Carly has always been a very hard worker and never gives up. Gymnastics is a tough sport and can wear you down after years (of training and competing), but she never gave up even through tough times.
“I have also coached Hallie since she was a young child,” Cummings said. “Hallie is a powerful gymnast. Her strengths are vault and the floor exercise. It has been a pleasure coaching such a fun and hard-working gymnast.”
Biddle is joined by two other gymnasts from TJ — juniors Lauren Giansante and Megan Van Wormer — along with Perozich and McKeesport freshman Harlie McKevely at Baldwin practices and team competitions.
“Carly not only has grown as a gymnast but as a person as well,” Cummings said. “I have watched her be the freshman gymnast that looks up to the senior, and now she is the senior gymnast that all her underclassmen teammates look up to.”
Cummings, a former gymnastics star and longtime assistant at Baldwin, is in her first year as the Lady Highlanders' head coach.
She had nothing but praise for Biddle, who plans to study nursing at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown campus, as well as Perozich.
“Over the years, Carly has truly grown to be an outstanding gymnast and person,” Cumming said. “When this season ends, it's going to be tough. She's been a part of my team and I have coached her for so long that there will definatly be an empty spot that will be impossible to fill.
“I have been coaching both Carly and Hallie for so long (that) next year is going to be a big adjustment without them. But I know they are into bigger and better things.”
The Baldwin girls host Montour on Friday in their final home meet of the 2013-14 season.
The WPIAL gymnastics championships will take place Feb. 8 at Moon.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.