“ We are looking forward to a very exciting basketball season. These young men had a very productive summer and fall. This group will play with a great deal of energy, excitement and toughness. We will be under sized, but hopefully will make up for the lack of size with our effort and attitude. I believe we will be a fun team to watch and hopefully as we improve, we can make a run at an Area championship. Returning starters Sam Servick, Curtis Cooper, Andrew Hunter will be counted on to lead this team. Senior Evans Bryant, Grayson Davenport and Griffin Kennamer will be the heart and soul of our team’s intensity and energy! “ – Coach Morris
As the 2020-21 season approaches, the mindset for the girls basketball program remains consistent: Control what you can control. The program continues to build on the energy and effort of last season, while continuing to raise its own standards from within. “The 2019-20 season laid a great foundation for the direction our players want to take this program,” says Coach Ward entering his 2nd season with the Lady Raiders, and 5th overall as the Head Girls Coach. “Our players, at all levels, are bought into what we want to accomplish as a program, and they all have their eyes looking in the same direction. They are into working hard and focusing on what we can control – our energy, our effort, our passion, our dedication to the weight-room, our dedication to the details – and not getting caught up in wins and losses.”
The Lady Raiders return 5 players from last years team, including 2 seniors – Sarah Kate Davenport and Eliana Horowitz – who have been instrumental in continuing to build on what took place last season. Combined with sophomores Madison DeOrio and Joanna Vega, as well as freshman Ashlyn Hafley, there is already a good amount of varsity game experience returning. Along with the returning five, the varsity has added four other freshmen – Josey Fann, Rachna Ghanta, Chelsea McFarland, and Emma Grace Reeves – this season. Ward also stated the numbers are up at the MS level as well. “Last year we had 7 total Varsity players, and this season we are at 9. We had 12 on MS last season, and now we are at 14. That doesn’t happen, in my opinion, if the players aren’t talking about how much they are enjoying the process, but also how much they are enjoying each other and being a part of something bigger than themselves. This summer was ANYTHING but normal. No playdates, no scrimmages, Covid protocols around every corner, and our energy, effort, and attitude were amazing at both levels even with all those hurdles around us. I could not have been more pleased with how well all of our kids adapted and overcame and just continued to work. That’s what our program is about, and what we want to be known for. We’re willing to put in the hard work to get to where we want to go.”
The season is currently set to tip-off for the Varsity team vs. Arab on Tuesday, 11/10 at Arab. Go Raiders!!
The Bowling Team has been working hard since the first practice October. They have been working hard to improve existing skills as well as developing new techniques to deepen their appreciation and performance of the sport.
As this season rolls around the women’s bowling team have three returning from last year and eight newcomers. They are really focused on get marks each frame and improving scores each week.
On the men’s team, there are 5 returning bowlers from last year’s squad. There are several new additions to the roster as well. They have been working hard at practices and have shown a great deal of improvement from the first day.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The track & field teams are gearing up for another winter season of Indoor Track & Field! With COVID still looming, and the sport being an indoor sport, there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding the teams and the sport itself. One thing is for sure, whatever is thrown at the Raider Indoor Track & Field athletes, they will persevere. Many of the 2020-21 Indoor Track & Field members were on the 2020 Outdoor Track & Field teams that saw their season cut short this past Spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These athletes know there was a lot of hard work left on the table that didn’t get to be shown off and they are eager to get back into the competition arena! Both teams, which have members in Grades 7-12, graduated some talent last May, but do have some key returners as well as some new faces this year.
On the boys’ side, the team will look to experienced seniors Kelly Hay and Drew Stanley for leadership. On the girls’ side, seniors Emma Hudson, Anahita Maleknia, and new comer, senior Sophia White, as well as several others, will likely lead the team this winter. Both teams will continue to develop their MS athletes and see great potential coming up from the younger grades. Indoor Track & Field is always open to newcomers; their first practice is Monday, November 16th if you are still interesting in trying it out. The teams will begin their competitive season at the Magic City Invitational on December 5th at the CrossPlex Arena in Birmingham, AL. Go Raiders!
The 2020-21 Wrestling season, though altered by our current reality, looks to continue the progress it’s made since its inception back in 2018. Returning this year for the varsity is mainstay junior Race Wright, who’s finally hitting the mat for practices after finishing the football season. He’ll be joined by incoming juniors William Ziegler and Noland Miller (unable to compete, but nothing’s stopping him from helping out at practices!). Also returning, in the middle school, is 8th grader Colin Dilworth. Joining him on junior varsity are some fresh faces: John Parker Christopher (8th), Temple Flowers (8th), Liam Tomalty (7th), and Tru Bynum (7th). The first meet is fast approaching, the Fall Brawl at Huntsville High on November 21st! Coach Williams and his team are fired up for the season and looking to grow the program even more this year! Go Raiders!