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Upper School Boys Soccer Photo
Terri Willis

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL SEASON ROUND UP
This team had an outstanding season full of wins and losses. They had a variety of skill sets, yet created one jolly team full of enthusiasm, support and desire to play good volleyball. Fun was had at every practice and game and these girls like to eat! Not many games went by without a good meal on the court to round it out. They consistently shared character, loud cheer and loads of theories about the sport along the way. In the end the girls progressed in their skills and court awareness. They made it to the semi-finals playing their best game against Mt Carmel and winning in three games.,,

 

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL SEASON ROUND UP
This team had an outstanding season full of wins and losses. They had a variety of skill sets, yet created one jolly team full of enthusiasm, support and desire to play good volleyball. Fun was had at every practice and game and these girls like to eat! Not many games went by without a good meal on the court to round it out. They consistently shared character, loud cheer and loads of theories about the sport along the way. In the end the girls progressed in their skills and court awareness. They made it to the semi-finals playing their best game against Mt Carmel and winning in three games. It was a great match and each player had outstanding play.I had a great time coaching these girls and I look forward to following their future successes as they transition to high school next year. 
                   
Coach Willis
                   
GIRLS JV VOLLEYBALL SEASON ROUND UP
This team spent much of the season focusing on the mental part of the game just as much as the skill work and they adopted their mental focus into their game play. They were truly a family and encouraged each other through ups and downs.       

Congratulations to this team for going all season without a loss, demonstrating their dedication to playing good volleyball and working hard to learn each skill. Congratulations JV Volleyball Tournament Champions!
                   
Coach Jenny and Coach Carlos

BOYS SOCCER SEASON ROUND UP
The boy’s soccer team this year was a great group of young men to coach. Coming at the sport from all different levels of experience, the boys worked hard to find a rhythm and flow on the field. Coachable and determined, they improved with each game they played. Half-time talks were a mixture of coaching input and player vision on the field. Our team really felt like a cooperative unit throughout the season. Each game reflected the new understanding and adjustment these boys made to find success. 

Our final game in the semi-finals against Santa Barbara Middle School, our third match up against the team, was a real nail biter. As we came out in the beginning of the game up 2-0, our passes were flowing and our communication was on point. It felt like the best game we had played all season. The game was a true testament to how far the boys had come playing together. I bet if we had a fourth game, we’d take it home.
            
We had a lot of dedicated players this season. A clear love for the game and being amongst others who love the game were motivators for these boys. Among many successful plays and goals, they maintained a sense of humor and most importantly a sense of determination to get better each day. We had a great season with them. We look forward to having our younger players back and wish the eighth graders all the luck in their future high school endeavors!

Coach Fierberg, Coach Wood, and Coach Hartnett

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