Fall Sports Rundown
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Although its only the third week of school, all of our various fall sports teams have been hard at work since the end of July. As HIES moves up to the AA classification, the sports teams have been hard at work preparing for the new competition.
Volleyball: The reigning state champion volleyball team has high expectations to fill this season. Going into the season with nine returners and four new additions, the returning girls have a strong bond and are excited to welcome the new players. Although the team will face some tough competition this season, the teams on their schedule continue to range in classification. Varsity Head Coach Taylor Noland believes the team’s biggest strength is, “our offensive system, our serving and serve receive.”
Softball: Stacked with six seniors on the team this year, the softball team is full of leadership. This group of girls is a close knit group that continues to strengthen their bond.
According to Varsity Head Coach Dan Healy, the team’s biggest strengths are their pitching and fielding. Moving up to AA creates stiffer competition that the team is looking forward to. As Coach Healy states, “I’m just thrilled to be out there everyday especially after my surgery last year and missing all of baseball season I couldn’t wait to get out there for softball.”
Football: Leading our football team this year to ahopeful state championship are senior captains Connor Dolan, Rod Davis, Walker Thomas and Dylan Armstrong. With many returning players, the football team has plenty of experience on the field. “We try to take it one week at a time” commented Varsity Head Coach Ryan Livezy. The coaches are looking forward to seeing how this years team’s dynamic changes.
Cheerleading: Known as the most spirited team at HIES, the cheerleading squad has been hard at work brushing up on cheers, stunts, dances and chants. Varsity Head Coach Amanda Peckham thinks that this year they have the most talented, strong, and cheerful group of girls that HIES has ever seen. When asked what the squad’s biggest strength was, Peckham said, “spirit, loving their school, and they are really focused on being an important part of the HI community.”
Cross-Country: Cross-country had a wonderful turnout this year with a record breaking 100 students. With this many participants, it gives HIES an opportunity to finish races in large packs, gaining more points. Head Varsity Boys Coach Dunn Neugebauer believes the team’s biggest strength is, “the bonding and training together.” Fortunately for the cross-country team, moving up to the AA classification “doesn’t effect them as much because the distance stays the same no matter the classification.”