Minot High gymnastics coach Robbie Werchau has had smoother campaigns.
The four consecutive state titles the Majettes earned coming into the season were obviously among the least arduous of her career.
But 2012-13 has been filled with enough maladies to suggest Minot will be hard-pressed to win its fifth-straight championship when it kicks off the state gymnastics tournament today at Valley City.
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Minot High School freshman Madison Reiter performs on the balance beam during the Kim Lupo Memorial gymnastics meet on Feb. 1 at Gymagic. MHS competes in the state tournament beginning today in Valley City.
Still, Werchau believes her meager, hard-luck squad - the Majettes have a roster of just five - has what it takes to defend their slew of titles.
"We've been bombarded with injuries," Werchau said. "Anything you can think of happening seems to have happened to them. But this is a good team. They know they're the defending state champions and I still think we have a good chance."
A pair of West Region teams will be looking to dethrone Minot, such as Dickinson and Bismarck High, who've both proven their worth during the regular season.
"It could be anyone's day," Werchau said. "Dickinson has a talented bunch of girls and Bismarck will be right up there."
Dickinson has finished second to Minot at state the last four seasons, but the Majettes finished third behind the Midgets and Bismarck at last week's West Region meet.
A year ago MHS senior Samantha Huether finished runner-up in the beam and will be vying for the top of the podium again this weekend.
Madison Reiter and Jenna Breuer will look to provide a spark in the all-around. Hannah Werchau is expected to be a threat in the beam, bars and all-around.
"They're all capable of placing high," Werchau said.