It was a great season for all of our Middle School teams. A heartfelt thank you to every one of our Winged Lion families for your support throughout the season. We are fortunate to have a dedicated coaching staff who put in so much time, effort, and care to develop our student-athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team’s season highlights.
Coaches Chelsea Vasquez and Mary Lawlor
This year’s A soccer team had a strong season, with many well-fought games in a new, more challenging conference. Our seventh graders showed many improvements throughout the season, and our eighth graders stepped into leadership roles, creating a true team mentality. The difference in cohesive gameplay from the first game to the final was astonishing. The team learned to communicate and trust each other, which significantly improved their performance on the pitch. A memorable moment was beating McGillis on our practice field after losing to them in an earlier match. Even their coach congratulated the players on their dynamic play, connected passing, and determination throughout the game. It was a fun season filled with lots of laughs, and we look forward to seeing what’s next for our seventh graders and graduating our eighth graders to the high school program.
Coach Campbell Ainsworth
The C team had a fantastic season this year. All season long, they worked on skills, moving with and without the ball, and, above all, how to play as a team. Their hard work paid off in the WAC tournament as the team, losing 1-0 at halftime in the semifinal game, came back to win 2-1 in overtime, and then won the championship the following day. Drew Lipson and Anthony Goorman led the attack, Freddy Gowski and Noa Fukashima were unstoppable in the middle of the defense, and Madsen Varner and Milan Mickelson were outstanding goalkeepers. This team never gave up, and their championship trophy reflects the hustle and 100% effort they put into games all season long. The players should be proud of their pluck and determination, and we look forward to seeing them play for the A team next year.
Coach Doug Booher
What a great season for an amazing, talented, and fun group of volleyball players! The A team, with a huge emphasis on team, worked hard, laughed hard, and played hard all season. There was great skill improvement, some practice with mental performance techniques, a few tears (those darn Waterford Ravens!), some baked goods, increased strategic and game knowledge, and a little bit of fire, as we went from a team that gave up points for being out of rotation early in the season to a strong second place finish in the tournament. I look forward to watching the eighth graders take their skills to the Upper School program and am already hoping and planning for next year for the seventh graders.
Coaches Mike Roberts and Sarah Yoon
The B2 team saw continuous improvement throughout the season. They consistently improved both their skills and their understanding of the game each and every week. Additionally, they were very supportive of one another and became an extremely tight-knit group by the end of the season. Highlights of the season included multiple three-hit rallies, consistent serving (including some overhand serves), and even a few hits at the net! The team hit their stride during the tournament, and as a result, they were able to walk away with the third-place trophy. The team should be proud of their effort, and I look forward to seeing them continue their volleyball journey next year.
Coach Jen Schones
The B1 team had a great season, and all of the girls showed a lot of improvement. Some goals for the season were to move to the ball, call the ball, control passes, and have fun! The entire team accomplished these goals, and it was an exciting season. I had a great time watching the girls mature as volleyball players and learn to play different positions. The team had several games that were super close, and it was fun to watch everyone fight to the final point. In our final game against Waterford, we played our best, and it was great to see beautiful, controlled passes, high sets, and some strong attacks on the net. Between playing some good volleyball, making up new cheers, and overcoming some mental aspects of the game, it was a good season and I enjoyed coaching this group of girls. Thanks for the great season!
Coach Chad Obermark
The sixth-grade girls volleyball team showed amazing improvement this season. For many of the players, this is their first real exposure to volleyball. To see them grow from learning the fundamentals of passing and serving to playing intense points with multiple volleys is incredible! I appreciated the grit and perseverance this team showed all season. We started with a few losses, but they rallied back and our improvement by the end of the season was impressive. I look forward to seeing each of them develop their skills and build on this strong start to their volleyball careers.