Sports Recap and Review

Fall Sports Wind Down; Winter Heats Up

Tennis

The varsity tennis season ended after losing to Barr Reeve on September 30 in the first round of sectional. Their final record was 7-10.

“Everyone is already pretty experienced which means we will be able to get right on with our season and work on more important things,” said junior bv Adin Monroe.

The junior high season also ended after playing Austin on September 30. Varsity head coach Matt Wolfe thinks that the current eighth graders Charlie Higgins, Kirk Hughes, Dakota Mousty and Chad Sullivan will make a great addition to the high school team next year.

Boy’s Basketball

With football still going on, basketball season has yet to start. Open gyms have been going on since September. After one of the star players last year, Brett Bosley, graduated, varsity head coach Dusty Cole has been working to figure out new ways to utilize other players. Some of the players Cole thinks will step up this season are junior Chris Nuñez, sophomores Willson Windhorst and Andrew Kumpf, and freshman Fletcher Cole. Cole is looking to his seniors this year for leadership, and maybe even some of the varsity juniors.

“One thing is certain, it will take a collective effort to fill the leadership void left when Brett Bosley graduated,” said Cole. He also expects Fletcher Cole to stand out, who has enough confidence and skill to play varsity as a freshman.

Senior Bladen Patton awaits the opposing team play during his junior season.
Photo by Faith Wilder

Girl’s Basketball

The high school girl’s basketball season has started their season. The captains for this year are junior Jackie Crews, and seniors Gracie Walls and Kacey McBride. The team also have several new members joining them this year: Ella Spires, who transfered from Mitchell, and Oihana Palacios, a foreign exchange student from Spain.

“So far I think
all of the kids have adapted and accepted Ella and Oihana. Both are good kids and are great additions to our program. I think they both will help us and over time we will figure out how we will use them.” said varsity head coach Donavan Crews.

You can come see the Lady Rams in action on October 30, as they play at North Harrison for their scrimmage. Junior high has also started up, and Crews says that after a good summer, it will be a great season. Their first home game is November 15 against Barr Reeve.

Head Coach Donavan Crews coaches at a recent practice.
Photo by Mackenzie Gilliatt

Cross Country

The season ended for the majority of the high school cross country team at sectional on October 2, but two members of the girls team advanced to regional. At sectional, senior Hannah Albertson placed 16th, and junior Cailyn Baechle placed 32nd. Unfortunately neither moved past regional.

“I am happy with the outcome of my senior year for cross-country and finishing with my best time but, what I will miss most from my cross-country team is running with my friends during practices and cheering each other on at meets. I hope to be able to visit them next year during their season,” said Albertson.

The junior high’s last meet was the PLAC hosted by Crawford County where the girls and boys both placed in fourth. At the end of the season, both the girls and boys team placed first at one meet each.

Junior Cailyn Baechle runs against a Springs Valley opponent.
Photo by Makiya Russelburg

Volleyball

After a loss at sectional to Christian Academy on October 12, the season was over. Varsity’s final record for the season was 14-9, and junior varsity’s record was 13-5.

“I am so proud of how far we have come. Last year we struggled but it only prepared us for this year where I think we did exceptionally well. I could not ask for any better teammates and I am proud of them all. I will definitely miss my teammates the most. This year especially I felt I had gotten closer with everyone so it will be hard knowing I won’t step back on the court with them,” said senior Rylie Atkins.

Graduating four key players, the team will have a lot of work to do in the off season to prepare for next season. The junior high volleyball team played their last game on September 30 against West Washington. The eighth grade’s record was 2-8, and the seventh grade record was 0-10.

Sophomore Lily Stroud sets up her teammate for a spike.
Photo by Jadlyn Lee

Story by Carley Higgins and Jackie Crews