As the first quarter comes to an end, everything seems to be picking up speed. Homework and projects are piling up as the final quarter grades draw near. There are multiple tests to study for and papers to write. And sports are no exception to the busyness as all fall sports are approaching their district and state competitions.
Last year the Girl’s Golf team dominated the competition, finding their way to a State Championship title with a score that would have won all classes. Despite losing three of last year’s top scorers, the Warriors have a chance to defend their title after qualifying for State by placing third at Districts. Senior Erika Smith led the team by becoming District Champion with a score of 89. Sophomore Logan Eschliman also placed, taking 8th with a score of 108. However, the outlook wasn’t the best when the season started. As Smith describes, “this season got off to a rocky start as a team simply because we had a very new team overall. We have improved as a whole quite a bit over the course of the season.” This improvement continues to show as the team prepares for the State tournament.
One reason State originally seemed like a lofty goal was the fact that there are only four girls on the team (one freshman, two sophomores, and one senior). Small numbers haven’t slowed the girls down as each one has set personal goals and worked to achieve them. Going into the future, Eschliman believes it “would be nice to get more girls next year so we could have an extra score and added security if something goes wrong.”
Similar to the Golf team, the Cross Country team has focused on personal growth this season. With less than a week left in their regular season, the Cross Country team is gearing up for Districts and trying to get personal records on last time. Freshman Tanner Lebo explained this saying, “Even though we don’t have many upperclassmen, we continued to work hard and have gradually improved our times throughout the season.” Despite personal growth, it has been difficult for both the girls and boys teams to score highly as a team due to the fact that there are only four girls, one from each grade, and eight boys, one freshman and seven sophomores.
Another obstacle the cross country team has faced is injuries and illness. “Part of our season problem is all the injuries we have suffered, myself included,” sophomore Jack Rolland added. Those include shin splints, Bronchitis, and even a concussion received at practice. But obstacles haven’t slowed the team down as everyone has improved over the course of the season, achieving personal goals they set in place. Sophomore Michael Blome explained that one goal the whole team shares is to “win State so we can dump Gatorade on Coach Gary Bredehoft. Also, break 17 minutes so Gary will buy us all a steak dinner (a promise the coach made to the entire team if one runner ran under 17 minutes in a meet).”
Another team striving to achieve their goals is the Varsity Football team, which was covered in last month’s edition of the Warrior Watch. Currently the Warriors are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in district games. Their next game is this Friday against Omaha Brownell-Talbot at Nebraska Wesleyan. This is the last home game and the team would love to see a full student section out to support them. With only two games left, both of which are against district opponents, the team has a high chance of continuing on to the playoffs.
Also covered in last month’s edition was the Varsity Volleyball team, which is pushing towards the end of its season with five regular season games remaining. Some recent results for the team include placing 7th in the Centennial Conference tournament this past weekend. Their next game is tonight against Aquinas Catholic at Lincoln Lutheran with Varsity playing at 7:00 pm. As a goal going forward, they would like to win the remainder of their games, improving their numbers of wins for the season.
As all fall sports reach the final portion of their season, there is plenty of opportunities to support your fellow Warriors and watch as they pursue their goals. But don’t blink because winter sports will be here before you know it.