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Looking Back on the Fall Sports Season

Rocket athletes made a splash this fall sports season, looking back the Rockets earned four FVA conference championships across nine sports, along with some great playoff runs.

Boys’ Cross Country

The boys’ cross country team won its fourth consecutive conference championship this season, as well as a trip to the state meet for the fourth year in a row. Five Rockets earned first team all-conference honors and two Rockets earned second-team all-conference honors. Stellar Coach John Morgen was FVA coach of the year for the third year in a row.

Girls’ Cross Country 

Girls’ cross country put up an outstanding season, winning the FVA Conference and finishing second at the state meet. All seven varsity runners earned all-conference honors between first-team,  second-team and honorable mention. Coach Mike Heidke also won coach of the year.

It was super rewarding to run with a team of girls who all wanted to work hard and exceed what we had accomplished in the previous season,” senior Rachel Dietrich said.

Football

The Rocket football team finished with a record of 9-3 on the season and made it to the third round of playoffs for the first time since 2004, shattering the nasty tradition. The Rockets had six players earn first-team all-conference honors, four players earn second-team and five players earn honorable mentions. 

“I am really proud of how we fought all season; it was a season I will never forget,” senior captain Will Radies said.

Girls’ Golf 

Girls’ golf finished the season with an 8-1 record, placing third at the sectional meet narrowly missing state. The Rocket golf team earned four all-conference honors with one golfer being first-team, one golfer being second-team and two named honorable mention.

Boys’ Soccer

Boys’ soccer finished with an astounding 15-4-2 record, winning the FVA conference. The boys made it to round three of the playoff where they fell just short to a great Homestead team. The team produced three first-team all-conference players, two second-team players and two honorable mentions.

“Our 2023 season was a step up from our latest seasons, we had a great season and continued our success from last season,” senior Blake Rhodes said reflectively.

Girls’ Swim and Dive

The swim and dive team finished with a 5-1 dual record in the conference this year. The Rockets qualified for state in three relays and three individual events. The girls earned five first-team all-conference spots, seven second-team spots and four honorable mentions. 

Girls’ Tennis 

The girls’ tennis team finished with a record of 13-5 across the season, winning another conference championship along the way. The team advanced to state making it to the final four. Three players were named first-team all-conference, five players were named second-team and two were honorable mentions.

“It was a very successful season, and I am very proud of how we ended,” senior Annalise Zenzick said reflecting on the season.

Boys’ Volleyball

Boys’ volleyball finished with a record of 12-21 this season. Star player Miles Weaver stole the show not only breaking the single-season kill record with 273, but also breaking the single-season ace record with 51. Weaver earned first-team all-conference along with two other teammates who earned honorable mention. 

“I think the freshmen on our team really stepped up and played big roles on our team despite being so young,” junior Miles Weaver said, thinking back on the season.

Girls’ Volleyball

 Girls’ volleyball ended with a 14-26 record on the season, finishing seventh in the conference. The Rockets produced one second-team all-conference player, as well as two honorable mentions.

“Not only were we able to make the team our second family, but we were able to push each other to be the very best version of ourselves on and off the court,” senior Claudia Merizon said reflecting on the 2023 season.

Looking back, The Rockets showed how incredibly dominant they were during the fall season, setting the bar for a hopeful winter season.

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