Lady Wolverine’s Sports: February 2017

Staff Writers: Ramon Elortondo and Amari McCain

Lead Story: Girl’s lacrosse season has begun, as junior varsity and varsity have their first game on the 27th. Both team’s have their first game against Mt. Parron, and they are looking to start their season off better than last year. Last year, the teams disappointedly combined for 2 wins, and they look to eclipse that mark by their second game this season. When I asked freshman junior varsity player Ella Elbeck how she plans for the season to go, she said, “Last year, the girls didn’t do good, and girls lacrosse is already like a shadowed sport, so we want to improve this year so people actually appreciate girl’s lacrosse.” The girl’s lacrosse team has been overshadowed for a couple of years now, and since lacrosse isn’t one of the more popular sports here, girl’s lacrosse definitely hasn’t been in the spotlight recently. But this year’s team plans to change that. They want to bring some recognition to the program, and definitely bring some success to the squad. Varsity coach Angela Lack has been very adamant about turning the program around this year. When asked about what she expects this season, she said that she wants this team to accomplish everything they are capable of. UPDATE: The varsity girls lacrosse team won their first game, 13-3, and the junior varsity lost their game 13-1. Last year, junior varsity did not even score in their first game, so even though they suffered a loss, they still started off this season better than last season. Expectations for the rest of the season are sky high, and we look forward to the next matches. The varsity Lady Wolverines will face Kennesaw Mountain up next, and the junior varsity faces Marietta next. Both are away games. We wish our Lady Wolverines luck!

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Varsity Lady Wolverines huddle before their win against Mt. Paran // photo courtesy of Ella Elbeck

ICYMI: The Lady’s tennis team started off the season with a loss to Kell High School 2-3. Lines three singles, junior Megan Hackett, and two doubles made up of Lorelai Wood and Kara Landsiedel, were thee two lines that won in the 3-2 loss. Alonna Wood, a sophomore, played a tough match, but fell at one singles in a match where she was extremely ill and had to be helped off the court.

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Alonna Wood getting ready to hit a serve against Kell / Photo Courtesy of Jeff Wagner.

At two singles, senior  Paige Steppe, lost a heartbreaker. It was a long hard fought match. Shockingly when she walked off the court I thought they went three sets, but it was only two. The match went over one hour and a half.

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Steppe drives a backhand down the line for a winner against Kell High School // Photo courtesy of Jeff Wagner.

One doubles lost in a pretty one sided match but overall, Kell is a team that will be seen going very far in state. The second match of the season was against Creekview. It was their first win of the year taking three lines and losing two. Both doubles lines won, as well as three singles. The team is now 1-1 going into the first region matches of the year. The girls should have a good year.

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Girls team gathered in a huddle as they look on to play against Kell High School // Photo courtesy of Jeff Wagner

Off The Field: The girl’s lacrosse team has a fundraiser off the field, they’re selling tickets to get Applebee’s pancakes. The money raised by the fundraiser will go towards the school program, hopefully improving the equipment. The girls tennis team had a get together at one of the players houses for a sleepover. Coach really emphasizes team bonding moments since tennis is such an individual sport. They said they had a great time together.

Quotable: When talking to Senior line one doubles player Sydney Bridge, she said “The team really had to pull together against Creekview because our best player, Alonna, was out sick. Everyone had to step up with a next man up mentality, and we got the job done.”

Upcoming: Current press time, girls soccer’s next game is Tuesday against River Ridge. They are looking to get the first win of the season. It’s been a rough start this year for the ladies going 0-4 in the first four games. Hopefully they bounce back and get a win streak going starting off with River Ridge. The tennis team starts their region matches this Tuesday and Thursday against Roswell. Over the weekend they play in the Kennesaw Mountain Tournament against Jefferson, North Cobb, and Dalton. Next Thursday, the Junior Varsity Lacrosse team travels to Marietta. Varsity girls go to Kennesaw Mountain Tuesday, and Friday they play here at the rock against Cherokee.

WOTM: This months Wolverine is sophomore soccer player Kyrsten Brader. Kyrsten fell in love with the sport at the age of three and says she’s been playing ever since. Her favorite thing about playing on the high school team is being able to connect  with girls and share the field with some of her best friends. She enjoys every moment she’s out there. When asked if she would like to play college, she answered saying that it would be a tremendous experience playing at the next level, and she hopes she can achieve that goal. Her parents have encouraged her to play from a young age and that’s what she has always done. Kyrsten Brader, the midfielder for Woodstock is a great teammate and is considered a leader by her teammates.

Statistics: Girl’s lacrosse players Carson Clark and Nicole Frazier led the varsity girls in scoring, combining for 7+ goals. They sparked the team to a 13-3 win over Mt. Paran Christian.

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