Girls fall sports teams host scavenger hunts for team bonding

Emily Hobson | Staff Writer

On Saturday Oct. 6, two separate scavenger hunts will be hosted by two different fall sports teams: the girl’s volleyball team and the girl’s soccer team. But the goal of the activity is the same for both teams: to help athletes bond outside of school before sectionals.

“My favorite part is driving to each challenge with the moms and the other players in my group. It’s so much fun, and a chance to really bond with all the girls,” junior volleyball player Ashley Eck said. “We do this to help our team chemistry right before sectionals because it brings us all closer together.”

The teams each do different challenges in order to win the game. Last year, the girl’s volleyball team had to go to a putt putt place and try to hit a hole-in-one. They also went to a park, put on football pads and helmets and tried to throw a football to their teammates with all the gear on. The volleyball hunt is a tradition that has been carried on for many years called the ‘Amazing Race.’

“We have a big dinner, and then we start the scavenger hunt. We get a clue, and then we have a parent drive from the last place we were at and go to the next place,” senior volleyball player Graci Gasper said. “After we do all of the challenges, we go back to one of our teammates houses and solve a puzzle to finish the race. Whoever finishes first wins a prize, and then after the race, we have dessert at someone’s house, then we have a team sleepover.”

The prize that the winner receives is different every year, so each year it is a surprise.

The girl’s soccer team is also having their annual scavenger hunt tomorrow, which is structured much the same way as the volleyball team’s.

“The week leading up to the scavenger hunt is filled of secret buddies, pajama pants, crazy hair and very ugly skirts. For the scavenger hunt, everyone splits up into different cars, and we have a long list of funny and embarrassing things we have to complete in public in a certain amount of time,” senior soccer player Gracyn Montfort said.

Although the two teams will be competing separately, the girls will all learn the importance of bonding with their teammates, whether it be through putt putt challenges or crazy hair day.

 

Girls volleyball looks to continue success against No. 8 Cathedral

Kennedy Bader | Staff Writer

When the girls volleyball team takes the court for tonight’s match against No. 8 Cathedral, they are looking to create a new tradition. In 2017, the Lady Trojans defeated the Fighting Irish for the first time in six years. Tonight’s game will determine whether No. 5 Center Grove will start its own winning streak or if last year’s victory was an anomaly.

“Cathedral being one of our biggest rivals is pretty important to us,” senior Graci Gasper said. “My freshman year we lost to them in semi-state so we want to come back my senior year and be able to beat them.”

Facing Cathedral, who has won two state titles in the last three seasons, is just one more tough game for Trojans. In the first two games of the season the team played two defending state champions, New Castle (3A) and Avon (4A), defeating New Castle in four sets and falling to Avon in three. For junior setter Madison Hammill, this non-stop schedule gives no time to rest before the team steps out on the court for the game, is a positive.

“I think starting out with a hard schedule helps us to practice harder, like going into the season because we know we just can’t come out there and be lackadaisical about it,” Hammill said. “That kind of mentality that every game is going to be a hard game really gets us ready, especially for big games like this.”

One player who will challenge the team is Anna Trieloff, a 6’1” junior with 33 kills and 13 blocks in five games this season.

“It’s important that we have a really good defense, meaning that our blocks are going to be up and quick and will be watching the hitters on the other side,” junior middle hitter Lindsey Howard said. “Just being really scrappy in the back row and getting up every ball that we can and not letting a ball drop on our floor [is key].”

Not only would a win in tonight’s game prove that the team could make a run in the state tournament, but a victory against a Top 10 team with the historical success of Cathedral, would provide a boost to the team’s confidence.

“With every game you really have to focus on yourself, and with that we have to practice like we are going to play. We always come together instead of looking across the net,” Hammill said. “So whatever team we are playing, we obviously will practice for them, but in the end it all comes down to what we do instead of worrying about what they are doing.”  

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