By: Breanna Post/Co-Sports Editor
The Blue Ridge Raiders had a tremendous fall sports season as winter sports are starting to come along. Soccer, volleyball, football, cross country, and golf all advanced to playoffs, creating a proud and exciting atmosphere in the people and community around them.
Soccer– Finishing the season with an overall record of 13-6-1 and a league record of 10-4, the boys’ soccer team had a great year. Lead scorers were Benjamin Bleck with 27 goals, Ryan Mills with 19, and Garrett Conklin with 16. Assists were lead by Bleck with 16, Conklin with 8, and Mills with 5. Both seniors, Ben Bleck and Cameron Franks, made first-team all-league while Garrett Conklin made second-team all-league. When asked about the results of the season, co-captain Connor Mills said “Overall the season went well but not quite as expected. We came close in a lot of games where people were in new positions, which of course hurt us in the long run. But we worked with what we had and made adjustments to what needed to be fixed, which helped a lot for the team and our season as a whole.” Mills also mentioned that there’s hope in winning the league title next year, as there are a bunch of new players moving up from junior high.
Volleyball– The Lady Raiders had yet another great season, winning districts for the 6th year in a row. Although falling short in the first round of states, the team had an incredible league record of 16-2 to reflect upon. The team was led by junior Hunter Heeman, with 257 kills, followed by senior Alyssa Sherwood with 154. Serving, Makenzie Cook had a total of 86 aces. Heeman and Sherwood both accounted for a cumulative 79 blocks, and libero Lydia Andusko had 347 digs followed by Breanna Post with 210. Alison Marshman provided a remarkable 478 assists. Hunter Heeman also made first-team all-league and all-state, while Alyssa Sherwood and Alison Marshman made second-team all-league. With four seniors leaving, it’s time for the now junior class to step up and hopefully continue the winning streak for next year.
Golf– For the first time ever, the varsity golf team made playoffs, finishing with a record of 7-6-1. Although a small team of 6 participants, the hard work put in by each player really showed off, taking them to districts. Senior Tyler Hillard had the best record finishing at 11-3 and was also awarded Golfer of the Year. Junior Andrew Scott and Rookie of the Year James Barbour also racked up some wins to help the team achieve their goal.
Football– With an overall record of 3-7 the combined football team of Susquehanna and Blue Ridge didn’t have as satisfying of an outcome as last year. Players such as Matt Bednarchik, Elliot Maginley, Austin Harvey, Calvin Scheideler, Jesse Delousia, Isaiah Rosa, and Eli Aldrich are Blue Ridge athletes that travel and dedicate their time to this intense sport every day. Winning the title of the Bluestone was yet another exciting victory, while also making it to the first round of districts.
Cross Country– Cross country was led by coaches Nebzydoski and Dibble with a record of 6-16 for the boys and 11-11 for the girls. Seniors Gia Fiore and Jack Condon both medaled at districts and traveled to New York City to race in the Footlocker Northeast Regional Championship, where all of the northeastern states come together to compete. Both seniors were also awarded Runners of the Year.