CLEWISTON — • The Clewiston High cross country team has high hopes for the 2016 season along with a busy schedule.
Coach Bryan Poepperling said his teams are working hard and are worthy of recognition.
The schedule includes local meets at Lake Placid on Sept. 8, Moore Haven on Sept. 29 and at DeSoto in Arcadia on Oct. 13. The team also gets to compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Oct. 7.
• Clewiston High girls’ basketball Coach Alicia Bradberry said her girls have been busy in the off season to get them experience for the winter season. This past weekend they played at a tournament on the Seminole Indian Reservation. Nine girls, six of them from Clewiston participated at the Herman Osceola gymnasium.
“The girls lost their first game against the Seminole team and had to play several games to earn a spot in the championship game,” she noted.
The Lady Tigers were able to rebound from the slow start and eventually eliminated the Seminole team and won the championship.
The Lady Tigers who participated included Kayman Robinson, Shakayla Hankins, Laysha Johnson, Tameir Treadwell, Samoria Curry and Alexis Perez. Three Fort Myers girls also participated for Clewiston, Anna-Maria Hoffman, Maria Minto and Ciara Moore.
• The Clewiston High School volleyball team opened up play with a tough loss at home to Lincoln Park Academy Monday, Aug. 29, 15-25, 23-25 and 25-27.
Mikalah Johnson had 10 kills, Lauryn Varnum had 10 blocks, Captain Kelsey Allison had six assists and Kayman Robinson had two service aces for the Lady Tigers.
Coach Samantha Ortiz said her team was intense as they met a district rival on Monday.
“This is my third year with the team and this had to be one of my top three favorite games,” Ortiz said, “We started out leading the first game and fell short due to blocking errors at the net.”
Ortiz said she was proud of the way her players came back and fought.
“Our players sometimes fail to see their athletic potential but I have all the confidence in the world in their ability,” she noted.
Ortiz also wanted to point out that the girls are strong academically in the classroom and good role models on and off the court.
“We have a team of all around athletes and we are slowly but surely putting it together on the volleyball court. They understand the system we are running and are eager to learn and win,” she added.
Ortiz said she is excited about what the team can accomplish this season.
“We need to perfect our blocking game and we will be right where we need to be in order to bring home Clewiston High’s first ever district championship,” she noted.
Fans of the team can get more information on the Facebook page, chstigervolleyball.
The roster this year includes Destiny Williams, Madison Bain, Lauryn Varnum, Caroline Sweet, Mikalah Johnson, Kayman Robinson, Shawna Marfil, Kelsey Allisan, Shakayla Hankins and Megan Pittman.
Key matches at home for the Lady Tigers this year include Sept. 1 against LaBelle, Moore Haven on Sept. 12, Immokalee on Sept. 26, Pahokee on Oct. 6, Avon Park on Oct. 10, and Glades Day on Oct. 11. The team also competes in the Lakeland Invitational on Sept. 30 – October 1 and visit local rivals Pahokee on Sept. 8, Glades Central on Sept. 20 and LaBelle on Oct. 13.