A year in sports- fall sports editon

As winter slowly approaches, fall sports one by one slowly come to an end. All the hard put into the season is over and athletes look back at what they accomplished. Coaches start to prepare for next season.

As a whole, GHS had a good fall season. From the hard work put in during the summer to the last whistle of sectionals, the teams worked hard. Each teams had their own disappointment and achievements. Some better than others.

The 2016 Woodmen football team started off running, winning their first four games by outscoring their opponents 141- 38. Led by seniors Dylan Rosado, Will Wolf, and Nick Chesser, they finished with a regular season record of 6- 3. In sectional play, the Woodmen dominated opponent Frankfort 42-12 with the help of the dynamic back field duo of junior Brandon Rosado and sophomore Isiah Borjas. They followed that win up the following week with a dominant defensive performance by beating conference foe Mooresville 27-0. Once again the Woodmen were playing for the sectional title and the opposing team was once again the Roncalli. However the Woodmen would fall to who would be state champs for the second straight year, losing 42-6. Next year the Woodmen look to have another strong season.

“We had a solid season” senior captain Dylan Rosado said. “We started out hot winning our first four games but then lost our next three games but ended the regular season winning our last two including a win over Whiteland at their place. We saw different guys step when we needed them. I think the biggest key to our success was the bond we had with each other. We had one goal and we came together and were a family and because of that we knew we could count on each other to play well.”

The 2016 Lady Woodmen soccer had a dominant season as well. Led by senior Taylor Neely and junior stars Kayla Rance and Maddie Moan, the Lady Woodmen finished with a 10-3-2 record. They outscored their opponents 71- 12. Their season took a turn for the worst when Neely dislocated her knee on Senior Night against Franklin. As a result, the Lady Woodmen went on to lose a heartbreaker in the first round of Sectionals to Martinsville, losing 0-1. Next season Rance, who was named the Daily Journal’s 2016 girls soccer Player of the Year, and goalie Maddie Moan look to continue the recent success of the Lady Woodmen soccer program.

“We had a great season. Unfortunately, we did not have the success we wanted in Sectional play. I know losing Taylor hurt us, but we can’t blame that game on her for not being out there. We as a team were the ones on the field, so we lost that game– not her. She put her heart and soul into this team, and to see her end her GHS soccer career on a cheap play was hard for us to take. Next year we know what the goal is in winning a Sectional title and then winning State. I loved playing with this year’s seniors, and they will be missed much but I can’t wait to get back out on that field next season,” Rance said.

The Woodmen soccer team had a tough season this past year. With a new coach and a new system to learn, the team struggled. Led by seniors Damon Maynard and Jackson Beckham, they finished with a dismal 1-14-1 record under first year coach Jack Hamilton. Their only win was a 3-2 win over Herron. Even though their record did not show it, there was much improvement. Against Southport, the team only lost 0-4 when four years ago they lost 0-21 in that same game. In sectionals they took rival Whiteland to two overtimes before falling 1-2 to the Warriors. Next season, the Woodmen look to continue their upward trend of improvement.

“I know our record didn’t show, it but we were a great team. We played with heart and effort and went out there every game and gave it our all. We played for each other. We grew as teammates, and I am thankful for the memories I made out there with my teammates. I look forward to seeing where this team will be next year,” Maynard said.

This year, Woodmen tennis looked to serve up a great season following last year’s big Sectional win over rival Center Grove. They did just that. Led by seniors Alex Walsh and Jack O’Reily and junior Jacob Gray, the Woodmen finished with a 10-6 record. They were also the conference champions and were Sectional runner-ups to Franklin. Next season, Gray and company look to repeat as conference champions and, hopefully, win a Sectional title.

“Last year’s win over Center Grove was huge. I’m glad we won because they (Center Grove) had actually tweeted that they had beat us, and then we came back and won. It was fantastic because we had proved them wrong,” Gray said. “This year we just dominated from the start. We won conference and lost in the Sectional final to Franklin. Next year, we look to build of this year’s success and win back to back conference titles and finally get over the hump and win a Sectional title.”

The Lady Woodmen volleyball team struggled this year. After finishing 18-13 last season, the Lady Woodmen finished 8-23. The team was led by seniors Camryn LaMonaca, Emily Struewing and Brittany Shellist and help from juniors Brooke Pepper and Maggie Smith and sophomores Anne Lowe and Lawson Roberts. Next season, Pepper and Smith along with Lowe and Roberts look to help the Lady Woodmen bounce back to another great season.

“This year was hard. We lost great leadership and playmakers when Emily Steir and Olivia Stilly graduated. This year I was named captain, but I could not replace what they brought to the court. I tried my best every day and left it all on the court. I want to thank my teammates this year because I know it was tough, but they never got down and were always ready to fight for that next point,” LaMonica said.

This year the Lady Woodmen golf team swung into what they knew would be a tough season. They lost their top two scorers from last year due to graduation, and senior Juliana Lamey knew that. She knew that this year’s team was going to be tough due to all the young talent. The Lady Woodmen finished with a 1-11 record.

“This year was rough. We lost our top scorers from last year because they were seniors and there was no way we could replace them. This season we were young, and even though it was rough, we finished one stroke away from going to Regionals. I can’t wait to see what these ladies can do in the next few years,” Lamey said.

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