Catholic Central’s volleyball team brought three soccer players on board to help its junior varsity squad, which wouldn’t have been able to schedule matches without a few more players.
“We could’ve lost some of our younger kids if we only had a varsity program,” Webster said. “We’ve had it happen once and we didn’t want it to happen again. We wanted the girls to succeed on the soccer field, too.”
Volleyball players Logan Fitzsimmons, Lauren Gnau, Sara Alexander and Bella Catanzaro have all seen action for the Irish soccer squad this fall. After graduating eight starters from last year’s squad, the Irish are 4-2 so far this season.
“They play hard,” Mark Derr said. “They’re willing to listen and to learn.”
Soccer players Lizzie Bruce, Meghan Foster and Becca Samosky are all playing on the junior varsity volleyball team for the Irish. Foster also dresses for the varsity squad.
“We get a few kicks in as digs every match,” Webster said."It’s legal and they do it all the time. It’s their first instinct."
Four of the seven players are also cheerleaders, Webster said.
Both programs expect to have good numbers moving forward with classes coming from the middle school, Derr said, but some girls have said they may continue to play both sports in the future.
“It’s built some camaraderie between the teams,” Derr said. “As coaches, we’re having fun with it, too. 2020 has been the craziest year, so this just adds to the fun.”
The players' willingness to help their classmates compete says a lot about the community at Catholic Central, Webster said.
“It’s family,” Webster said. “You have to help each other out.”
Cross country: Several local boys and girls cross country teams are ranked in the latest Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches state poll.
In Division III, the Cedarville boys team is ranked No. 1, while the West Liberty-Salem girls team is also ranked No. 1. The Cedarville girls team is also ranked No. 33 in the D-III poll.
The Shawnee girls team is ranked No. 23 in D-II, while the West Liberty-Salem boys team is ranked seventh in D-II.
Volleyball: Northeastern is ranked 19th in the latest Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association state poll.
The Jets are 11-0 and 7-0 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. Northeastern senior Lauren Tuttle leads the conference with 3.27 kills per game. Jets junior Elizabeth Wiseman leads the league with 6.61 digs per game and junior Madison Grimm ranks first with 9.42 assists per game.
Girls tennis: Northwestern clinched its second straight Central Buckeye Conference championship, beating Jonathan Alder 3-2 on Thursday.
The Warriors are 15-1 and 13-0 in the CBC with one conference match remaining against London on Tuesday. Northwestern has won 28 consecutive CBC matches dating back to Oct. 3, 2018.