Thursday, May 23, 2024

Fall Sports Wrap Up

By: Tyler Hillard/Sports Editor

As winter sports startup, now is a good time to reflect upon our fall season. Blue Ridge Raiders had another stellar fall sports season. The students have an array of sports to choose from, including soccer, cross-country, golf, girls volleyball, and Sabers football.

Soccer: The varsity soccer team finished with an overall record of 12-6. Coach Stallings and Coach Bleck led the Raiders through a very strong season but still managed to fall short of the district championship after losing to Forest City in double overtime. The Raiders are losing seven seniors this year, but have a talented young team coming up, including junior Ben Bleck (named MVP) who broke the schools single year assist record with 24 assists, and sophomore Ryan Mills who received an award as offensive player of the year. Mills’ was asked about how he thought the season went, saying, “I thought we had a great season even though we couldn’t bring home the gold (district championship). It’s very special when everyone is connecting, and hopefully, we will be able to finish it next year.”

Cross Country: This year’s cross country team had another great year led by Coach Nebzydoski and Coach Dibble. This year, we had four complete teams (Boys and Girls) at the JH and Varsity level. Girls Varsity finished 9-10 on the season and the boys were 7-14 in the Lackawanna League. In cross country, our school competes with much larger schools including A, AA, and AAA. Weather is another factor that must be dealt with. There were many races this year where runners were trekking through the woods during a downpour with foot deep mud, which is not your typical day after school. This year the varsity team had two district medalists: Karris Fazzi and Daniel Tierney.

Golf: The Blue Ridge Golf Team finished the season with a record of 4-8-2, improving from last year’s record of 3-10-1. The team is combined with Susquehanna, and is made up of only two Blue Ridge golfers: Tyler Hillard and Andrew Scott. Hillard finished with a team-best individual record of 12-2. Scott also contributed with a few wins during the season. Coach Galloway was asked about the season and had this to say, “Golf season is incredibly compact. I thought we played better individually but didn’t score as well as I thought we should as a team. I think if our kids put in the off-season work, we will have a drastically improved team next year. I think we will have the second winning season that Blue Ridge had in the last 20 years. I think we will compete with every team except maybe one.” Blue Ridge is only losing one senior and has a young group of middle schoolers coming up, which will add to the excitement of next year.

Girls Volleyball: The Lady Raiders finished off another superb season. Winning Districts for the FIFTH straight year, they finished with an overall record of 15-6. Sophomore Hunter Heeman led the team with 165 kills, junior Makenzie Cook had 84 aces, and senior Jerni Schell had 381 digs. Hunter Heeman and Jerni Schell also made the All-Regional Team. The Raiders are losing 2 seniors this year and have a very athletic and talented team coming up. The Raiders will once again be the team to beat next year. With a target on their back, I would not be surprised to see them take home the gold for the sixth straight year.

Sabers Football: The Sabers finished off with a record of 7-5. Blue Ridge combines with Susquehanna for football. Sam Cosmello, Adam Roe, Eli Aldrich, and Brock Gumear are just a few Blue Ridge athletes that participate. Brock Gumear, senior, said, “I thought we had one of the best seasons we’ve had since I’ve been playing. I knew that when the whole team was working together with the same goal to win, we were going to win.” You would think that playing with kids that you don’t see at school every day would be difficult, but that’s not the case according to senior, Ardine Stilloe. “It’s an amazing opportunity to meet new people and share experiences with them. The guys I play with are the real ones that are gonna be there for me,” said Stilloe. The Sabers placed 2nd in the district after losing to Dunmore to end the season.


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Tyler Hillard
Tyler Hillard
Tyler Hillard is a senior in his second year of journalism. Tyler is also a three-sport varsity athlete competing in baseball, basketball and golf. Besides a constant life of sports he is an avid outdoors-men and loves debating politics.


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