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Fall sports rundown

Posted 11/13/13

Fall sports rundown

The Middle School Volleyball, led by head coach, Helen Stricklin, had a successful season. They shared the MOCAL regular season championship with Madison Christian. Unfortunately the team fell in the first round of the MOCAL post-season tournament. Post-season awards went to Anna Fuller (MVP) and Lauren Lively (Eagle).

Junior Varsity Volleyball, coached this year by Kip Boggs and Sarah Huston, experienced a season with a lot of growing pains. This year’s team featured several first year players. With the varsity squad being plagued with injury, many of the junior varsity's more experienced players were called up, often putting the team in the hands of the first year players. Despite their youth, the Eagles finished 6-9 on the season. The junior varsity volleyball post-season awards went to Beth Ann Tobin (MVP) & Brianna Blackburn (MIP).

The Varsity Volleyball team was coached, once again by Jackie Boggs with help from Sarah Huston. The Eagles fought through a season plagued with injuries. The varsity volleyball team lost their primary setter, Rachael Kirby, for most of the season due to a knee injury. With Kirby out, several others battled injuries while continuing to play, Bridget Cooper (shoulder) and Sydney Manny (back), to name a few. The Eagles finished the season 10-13. The varsity volleyball team's season came to an end in the second round of the OHSAA tournament at the hands of Harvest Prep. The Eagles were led by sophomore, Erin McCullough, who was selected as team MVP, All-MOCAL, and Central District 1st Team. Bridget Cooper was also selected to be on the All-MOCAL team, with Katy Sullivan receiving Honorable Mention MOCAL. Sydney Manny was given the Eagle Award for her Christ-like behavior, positive attitude, and constant willingness to sacrifice herself for the benefit of the team.

The middle school soccer team was coached by Grey Huston. In a sport that is played with 11 players on the field, the middle school soccer team had nine players total. Despite coming very close to making the decision to not have a season, the Eagles didn't allow their two man deficit to hold them back. The boys finished the regular season with a record of 10-4. After the regular season, the Eagles worked their way through the MOCAL tournament all the way to the championship game. The middle school soccer team ended their season with a very hard fought loss to Madison Christian with the final score of 1-0. Post-season awards went to Nathan Gessner (Offensive MVP) and Chad Blakemore (Defensive MVP).

The junior varsity soccer team was coached by Truman Witt. In an abbreviated season, due to low numbers, the Eagles were 2-5-1 on the season. The highlight of the year for many of the kids was a very rainy Saturday in which they battled to a tie with Division 1, Worthington Kilbourne. Varsity coach, Levi Witt will look for several of these kids to move up to varsity in 2014.

The varsity soccer team was coached by Levi Witt and led by a group of six seniors. The 2013 team battled injury all season long with several key players sidelined. The Eagles finished 7-7-1 on the season which helped them earn the tenth seed in the OHSAA Division III Central District tournament. The varsity soccer season was ended early with a 2-1 loss at home to conference foe Granville Christian. Despite a down season, the Eagles represented well in MOCAL, Central District, and State honors. Brock Bishop, Christopher Art, Adam Houser, and Neil Williams all earned MOCAL All-League Honors with Matt Cellar receiving MOCAL Honorable Mention. In the Central District, Brock Bishop was selected to the 1st team, Christopher Art to the 2nd team, and Adam Houser to the 3rd team. Brock Bishop was also selected to the All-State 2nd team. Team awards went to Brock Bishop (MVP) & Neil Williams (Eagle Award).

Pictured: Senior ball players