August is sometimes a hard month for students because it’s the end of summer and school starts again. Going back to school is something that most students would consider “the worst thing in the world”. But for some, it is a chance to get back on the field or on the court with their teammates and play the game they love again. The fall sports at Mercy include softball, volleyball, cross country, and golf. These teams are made up of talented, hardworking, and determined young women. The girls on these teams put in so much hard work to achieve winning seasons and most importantly, to have fun. Athletic director, Mr. Modrell, was asked how he thinks other schools would describe the Mercy athletic program. He said, “Persistant. Our girls never quit. No matter how down they might be they fight till the end.” He also said that many A.D.s have told him that Mercy is coming around in athletics and that we can compete.
The softball team consists of 19 girls and 13 of them play varsity. The captain of the team is senior Haley Gann who has been a pitcher and a first baseman since her freshman year. The first tournament of the season took place in Blair on Saturday, August 25. The girls started out strong with a homerun hit by junior, Amanda Placzek and a few RBI doubles hit by a senior and a freshman. The team played their first non-tournament game on Monday, August 27. The defense was strong but they couldn’t get the bats going, therefore losing 0-8. A lot of hard work is being put in everyday at practice by the athletes and coaches and they are looking to improve a lot by the end of the season!
In the volleyball program, there are three new coaches: freshmen, jv, and assistant varsity. The varsity volleyball team is made up of 12 girls and the captains are seniors Emma Nebel and Aubrey Cervantes. The Omaha North tournament was on Saturday, September 1 and the girls took first place with a tough championship match against Omaha Central. Varsity head coach, Molly Rose played volleyball for Mercy when she went here and she broke many school records. She says that she has high hopes for this season but she plans to take things one match at a time.
Golf is in full swing this year with 12 Mercy girls on the team. A cool thing about the golf team is that they co-op with Ralston. Last week, the girls were golfing in Lincoln and they won the whole tournament! This was a great thing because it was the first time some of those girls have won something like that as a team. Mr. Modrell said, “Everytime these girls golf their scores get lower and lower.” The golfers are getting better with every practice and they are ready to take on more tournaments!
The cross country team is made up of 30 girls. These girls practice every day and they run 4-5 miles almost every practice. On Saturday, September 1, they raced at Walnut Grove Park in the Burke Invitational and all of the runners did very well! The next race will also be at Walnut Grove Park for the Omaha Central Invitational.
Good luck to all of the fall sport athletes! The Monarchs will be cheering you on and supporting you through your wins and losses.