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The Lewis and Clark Patriot players, managers and coaches.
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The Extreme fifth-grade team from Roxana
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Jacey Trask of the Extreme serves it up in practice.
Lewis and Clark Junior High volleyball coaches Julie Twitchell, Terry Totzell and Tiffany Falk are excited for the progress of the seventh-grade volleyball team.
"These girls worked hard from day one," Totzell said. "They went undefeated in the conference and only lost one meeting this whole season."
The only game the LCJH girls lost was the first game of the season against Edwardsville Lincoln.
"Edwardsville is a larger school and has so many more kids to pull their talent from," Twitchell said."After that loss, the girls pulled together to take wins the remainder of the season."
The Lewis and Clark seventh-grade Patriots finished their season with a conference championship and a record of 14-1.
"One of our biggest accomplishments this season is taking a win against Lovejoy," Twitchell said. "They went on to be state champions, so we're right there."
"We have three girls that really blend well and match up strong," Falk said. "Kara Crutchley, Kayla Aligholi and Emily Sidwell will definitely be some girls to watch the next few years."
The LCJH Patriots seventh-grade squad includes Alyssa Malley, Kara Crutchley, Kayla Aligholi, Emily Sidwell, Ella Rackley, Autumn Garrett, Madyson Voudrie, Leigh Ann Nottke, Macy Flanigan, Abbi Zangori and Jillian Barber. Summer Gensel and Jacob Martin are the Patriots’ managers.
Across town from LCJH, the Roxana fifth-grade team is setting records and making plans for the future. The Roxana "Extreme" team not only took the conference championship; they finished their season undefeated.
"Immanual is the only team we lost the first match to," Extreme player Mackenzie Keller said. "But we came back to win the other two matches and Maddie Magruder scored the winning point."
The Extreme head coach Andrea Keller, with the assistance of Brady Trask, has big plans for the girls to keep them in playing form.
"We still meet and work drills," Keller said. "We are hoping to play a summer league in the St. Louis area to keep the girls working."
The Extreme has several accomplishments that are proof of the girls’ hard work.
"By the end of the season our team was all serving overhand," Keller said. "That is not an easy task at this age level."
During a drink break, the Extreme team was on the sideline talking about college plans and thinking about the future.
"I know I want to go to SIUE," Jacey Trask said. "We went to a camp there, and I really liked it."
The Roxana fifth-grade Extreme players are Jacey Trask, Maddie Magruder, Mackenzie Keller, Kiley Richards, Halle Davis, Reagen Stahlhut, Olivia Mouser, Macie Lucas and Darcey McGuire.
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