Skinner Athletes Make a Playoff Run in Soccer and Finish Strong in Basketball and Baseball

Before spring, the only place Serai was playing soccer was after church with the boys. So when she had the opportunity to join the Skinner team, she jumped at the chance. She thought playing on the girls team and getting her first soccer ball were exciting, until she went on to score a goal in the playoffs!

The team started the season in dramatic fashion, winning their first game in extra time. During the season, they went on to score a lot of goals and boasted an impressive 6-1 record. Their excellent play advanced them to the second round of the playoffs before losing 4-2 to last year’s champion. The 20 girls on the team brought a range of experience – from first-time players to players who have played since they were five years old. But one thing the girls had in common: they all had fun playing together!

Comprised of mostly 6th graders, some with little or no experience, the baseball team impressed with effort and progress all season. Of all the team members at Skinner, one student in particular made great strides in throwing, ball handling, and hitting. It was inspiring to watch the other team members rally around this student with coaching efforts of their own. The coaches and school are very proud of this team!

The boys basketball team finished strong by winning their last three games, a big improvement after a slow start. Hard practice and teamwork made the difference, and now several players will attend a summer basketball camp.

The girls basketball team also finished their season with stunning improvement, strong camaraderie, and impeccable sportsmanship. In the first game, the girls struggled to score 10 points in the game, but by the end of the season, the girls posted 48 points against a tough team from Bruce Randolph! Every girl on the roster scored in that thrilling matchup, which made the victory even sweeter. Through practice and hard work, the girls learned to execute a swarming zone defense, effective inbounds plays, crisp passing, lightning fast breaks, and a devastating press. The girls were supported by two 8th grade players who acted as assistant coaches, Mariah and Gabby.
Every player made valuable contributions to the team’s success, but special mentions go to Yanitza for her breakaway layups, Jasmine for her ball handling as point guard, Amelia for her speed and defensive playmaking, and Alice and Paola for their ferocious rebounding. The team’s chemistry grew so strong that the season was capped off with a giant sleepover!

 

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