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2018-2019 Fall Sports Season Round Up
Mary Lee Wren

Boys Varsity Soccer
This year’s Boys Varsity Soccer team posted a 6-1 record. They came in first place in the league, defeating all other teams, but lost by a heartbreaking goal in the final minute of the semifinal match, and they fell short of being tournament champions.
 
They worked hard all season in practice, running countless passing, trapping, and kicking drills and scrimmages.

Boys Varsity Soccer
This year’s Boys Varsity Soccer team posted a 6-1 record. They came in first place in the league, defeating all other teams, but lost by a heartbreaking goal in the final minute of the semifinal match, and they fell short of being tournament champions.
 
They worked hard all season in practice, running countless passing, trapping, and kicking drills and scrimmages. Unlike many of the teams we faced this season who had a single standout player who dominated and scored the majority of their goals, this team focused on the importance of playing as a team--trusting each other with offensive and defensive responsibilities.
 
Each match they played had its own excitement and drama, but there were two particular games that demonstrated the team’s spirit and sense of working together toward a common goal.
 
The first was the annual inter-squad scrimmage where we divided the varsity and junior varsity players into two teams with balanced talent and strengths. This match turned out to be very close with lead changes, dramatic goals, and exciting plays. The game ended in a tie and we decided to have penalty kicks for the fun of it. After five kickers, the junior varsity team won by a goal. We all had a good time, and showed friendly sportsmanship and all around team unity for our school.
 
The last match of the season was very hard fought with dramatic goals and goal saves. The varsity team was playing Providence Hall who they had defeated during league play; but, they had a player who was very talented and was the biggest and fastest athlete on the field. By the end of the first half, our team was down 3-1. We had an intense halftime discussion about what we needed to change and where we needed to put more effort. With luck and teamwork the team crawled back into the match and were tied 3-3 with two minutes left in the match. Momentum was clearly on our side until they turned the ball over in the midfield. This allowed a long downfield pass that was gathered by their best player who kicked a beautiful ball into the goal. There was no time to get back and score a tying goal. We sadly lost that match.
 
But the irony of this match was that by all measures our team had played probably their strongest half of the season – we showed team determination and will. That’s the sometimes terrible beauty of sports--where there are no certainties, or givens, and a team’s fortunes can turn on a single play.  
 
All in all, this was a terrific season, and we represented our school very well from the first practice to the last whistle of the final game.


Coach Pat Bixler
 

Girls Varsity Volleyball
This year’s Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished second place in this year’s league and third place in the tournament.
 
This team was a group of strong athletes who really understood the game of volleyball. They got to a level of play where they could run plays on the court, hit quick sets, and dig anything. They were a really impressive team to watch play and great fun to coach. Our captains were leaders by example who played with intensity and focus. They were around excellent servers and a great all-around players. They also knew how to get to the ball and make big saves.
 
Our setters had great hands and got to the ball with ease--they put up many great sets for our offense to pound down. Our middle blockers played with agility at the net--with many stuff blocks and quick hits, they will be a force for us next year. Our three outside hitters were such a diverse and strong group. We had a super strong hitter who knew the game well and always had a smile on her face. We had a versatile group of players who were always giving 100%, and we had an outside hitter with a wicked serve which always helps.
 
I really enjoyed coaching these girls and I will miss our time on the court together.

Coach Willis
 

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