Boys’ Soccer Team Makes History; Falls Short in Post-season Match
But this year, one local fall sports team made an appearance in the postseason. The boys’ soccer team broke school records this year with their best record to date, and they ranked high enough to host a playoff match for the first time ever.
As for the football and volleyball teams, they missed postseason play despite winning some key matches throughout the season. Luckily, both teams are rather young giving them good potential for success in 2024.
Well, it is official, the Panthers have done what many thought wasn’t possible. After struggling for several seasons, the team came out onto the field this year and proved that they meant business.
The team finished with a 10-3-2 overall record and a 3-2 league record which gives them their best season finish in school history. The team also earned the right to host a playoff game on their home field which is another feat the soccer team has never accomplished.
The Panthers hosted the Harrison Panthers last Wednesday in front of packed stands to watch the first playoff game. The match stayed close throughout with Woodland Park first to get on the scoreboard.
In fact, WP led the match at halftime 1-0 before the tides started to change. In the second half, Harrison came back and scored two back-to-back goals.
The Panthers fought until the game’s end to answer, but they were unsuccessful. In the end, Harrison pulled off a 2-1 victory.
On offense, senior forward Ryder James led the team for the season. James averaged 1.6 goals per match and picked up a total of 25 goals and 56 points.
Sophomore midfielder Tevin James led the team in assists with 0.6 per match and a season total of 10. Sophomore goalie Noah Magistrelli also had a good season after picking up 113 saves and 7 shutouts.
The volleyball team that has seen several years of success has struggled this year due to losing some key players and their coach. But with a new coach and a young team, the ladies have still won some key matches.
At the time this article was written, the team had a 6-13 overall record and a 5-7 league record. With their eighth place finish the team missed any playoff chances.
The team has now finished their season with a tournament last weekend and they are focused on next year. Despite the team missing post season, some of the girls put up some good stats.
Junior Brooke Gardner led the team with 32 serving aces, 0.4 aces per set and 376 assists. Gardner also took second in the team with a 0.148 hitting percentage.
Senior Tommie Goldberg also proved to be a team leader with 1.7 kills per set. Goldberg also fell in second on the team with 2.6 digs per set and 15 serving aces.
Senior Kara Wiley also led the team in some key areas. Wiley was the best on the team with 3.7 digs per set and a total of 251 digs.
Even though they didn’t achieve their goal of making the playoffs two years in a row, the Panthers came up with some huge victories during the season. After falling two games in a row, the Panthers picked up a big “W” during their last home game against Lamar when they came up with a 49-13 victory.
At the time this article was written, the Panthers had a 3-5 overall record and a 2-2 league record. Before they played their last match, they were fourth place in their 2A Southwest Division.
The Panthers finished their season last Friday with a road match against Alamosa. Now it begins time to start thinking about next year.
Junior Parker Shreeve has started to mold into quite a football star. Shreeve led the team with an average of 43.4 receiving yards per game, four total touchdowns, 7.5 tackles per game, five sacks, and four receiving touchdowns.
Junior Aidan Hood led the team on the ground with 35.6 rushing yards per game, three rushing touchdowns and one fumble recovery. Hood also took second place on the team with three total touchdowns and he averaged 7.3 tackles per game while on defense.
The team’s QB Marqus Schoenberger also had a good season. He came out with a 0.474 completion percentage and an overall QB rating of 82.7.
With all of the juniors on the team, the Panthers shouldn’t be counted out for next season.