It was a fun fall season for all six of our Middle School Athletic teams. Thanks to all of our athletic families for your support throughout the season and a shout out to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a team T-shirt to show some spirit during the school day. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated coaching staff who put in countless hours to develop our student athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team's season highlights.
Coach Doug Booher
Recipe for an Awesome Volleyball Season
Five 7th grade players (make sure one is new to Rowland Hall and one has not played organized volleyball before)
Five 8th grade players (a mixture of two returners to the A Team and three B Team veterans)
Family support and cheering section
Adversity and challenges
Mix the ingredients for eight weeks through nine matches and one tournament. Yields ten wonderful, strong young women, one 2nd-place tournament trophy, and unlimited delightful memories.
Coach Mike Roberts
This year's B team had a great season from start to finish! The players steadily improved their skills, and by the end of the season, three-hit rallies had become the norm. All of the girls brought a positive energy to the court, and even when they weren't in the game, they could be seen (and heard) cheering for their teammates from the bench. And while the tournament didn't quite turn out as hoped, the girls played hard, and in the end, they brought home the third-place trophy. I enjoyed the opportunity to work with all the players, and I look forward to seeing them continue their volleyball careers.
Coach Chad Obermark
The 6th grade girls volleyball team showed amazing improvement over the course of the season. For many players, this was their first 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 loved this team's positive energy and willingness to work together. They had fun in practice and games while playing hard. I look forward to seeing each of them develop their skills and build on this strong start to their volleyball careers.
A Boys Soccer
Coaches Campbell Ainsworth & Christian Waters
The A team had a fabulous season. Through practices in the heat of late summer and crisp, windy October mornings, players worked on their defense, their individual skills, and learned how to play as a team. The A2 team, after some tough losses, finished the year in style by winning their last game. The A1 team, despite some tough competition, rolled to an undefeated season. The championship game was tense; McGillis was winning 1-0 at halftime before Rowland Hall stormed back to win the championship 3-1. This group of young men jelled as a team and supported each other with enthusiasm and humor all season long. For our eleven 8th graders, winning the WAC tournament and the division was a fantastic capstone to a great middle school soccer career!
C Boys Soccer
Coach Campbell Ainsworth
Sliding gleefully in the mud at an away game in early October. A valiant comeback to tie Waterford after losing by two goals at halftime. Diving headers off of corner kicks. Players at practice, laughing as they played 'ninja', 'wa', or 'boppity-bop-bop-bop'. These are some of the memories from this year's C team soccer season, which featured a lot of energy, effort, and enthusiasm. The team finished with a tense penalty shootout for the last game of the season ultimately won by the Winged Lions to secure a 3rd place finish. These talented players will certainly contribute to the Rowland Hall soccer program for years to come.
MS Athletics Fall 2017 Season Info