Fall Sports Update
By Stella Chilcote, reporter
Football: Since the beginning of the season, the football team of 28 students has played five games, with a win record of 0-5 Head coach Clay Eastly is working to get the football team as practiced as possible for the remainder of the season. They are working on consistency and how to grow from mistakes. Eastly believes the freshmen and other new players are adjusting well to the team, working smoothly with the other teammates in a supportive team atmosphere.
“I feel like the seniors and juniors are showing really good leadership this year, and there were some divisions in the team last year that aren’t [here] this year.” Eastly said. “Everybody supports each other.”
Boys Tennis: The boys varsity tennis varsity team is first in the league after winning four matches, while junior varsity has also done well, winning three. Head coach Pat Mulvihill has returned once again and is joined by new junior varsity coach, Rick Doussett. Together, they coach and manage the 27-player roster. Many new sophomores joined junior varsity this year and are getting a considerable amount of playing time by competing against teams in the rebuilding stage.
“The JV players are getting lots of experience because our opposition isn’t the best this season,” sophomore varsity player, Evan Keppler said. “It’s good to have everyone play.”
Cross Country: This season, the cross country team has 17 boys and three girls. Head coach Laura Johnson was worried that the low number of girls would be a serious drawback to the season, but most other league teams have similar numbers. The team has also bonded well so far, and Johnson anticipates a strong season.
“With the senior boys we have this year, they’re really good leaders and they have brought all the boys and girls on board and they all are focused, and they want to work hard,” Johnson said. “That’s how we succeed.”
Notably, junior Eleanor Yarkin came in first at the home meet on October 8th
and is currently ranked second in the Nisqually league.
Fall Cheer: This season, senior captains Talia Spurlock and Maya Harrison are working with coach Elizabeth Gleb, returning for her third year, to bring the team together. Spurlock and Harrison have been focusing on helping guide the new freshman to feel comfortable and build a team atmosphere.
“As captain, I try to make sure people feel included and welcome so then there’s less drama about people feeling left out,” Harrison said. “I’m really excited that I get to help bring everything together, it’s been really fun.”
Girls Soccer: This year, 38 students tried out for the girls soccer team. Previously, the team has struggled to fill up the varsity and junior varsity squads, but this year they almost had too many players. Although the players struggled at the beginning of the season to work smoothly together, they’re starting to click as a team.
“The later we get down in the season, we get more organized and we connect better because we have been playing with each other,” senior captain Sydnee Adams said. “It takes time but we’ll get there.”
The team has had five wins and four losses so far this season.
Volleyball: Varsity girls volleyball has suffered seven losses with only one win so far in the season, while junior varsity has won one out of three games. There are 12 varsity girls and 14 junior varsity girls, making a total roster of 26. Head coach Kara Sears and assistant coach Leah Andrews work with the girls to improve both basic and more complex skills, helping them be the best they can be. This year, the varsity team has shown a lot of support for each other, keeping a positive energy both on and off the court.
“It’s overall been a really fun season so far and it’s really exciting to be playing volleyball in general,” sophomore varsity player Iris Bordman said. “I think the team can only get better from here because we’re a young team and I’m excited to see where we’re at senior year.”