Strong Season for Scorpion Athletes in 5 Fall Sports

Skinner athletes and coaches are proud to report on their exciting fall seasons.

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Flag Football
Volleyball
Cross Country
Soccer



Softball

_R7C0638Skinner’s softball program received a major boost from its participation in an MLB-hosted tournament in New York last summer. Coach Poellot and Coach Frahm report interest in softball is the highest it has been in years! Thanks to new teacher-coaches Ms. Rydning and Ms. Krochmal, girls even had the opportunity to build their skills on a JV squad. In total, nearly 30 girls took part in softball this year.

The team posted a 3-1 record (a few games were canceled due to an especially rainy September). The season kicked off with a close 10-8 win over Centennial. Next up, the team beat McAullife 12-4. On a freezing day when most schools decided to cancel their games, Skinner traveled to Lake to secure a decisive 15-4 victory in our rivalry game.

Placing first in the northwest division earned Skinner a first round bye in the playoffs. Skinner was then knocked out by a tough Grant Ranch team that would advance to the playoff finals. However, in that tight playoff game, our girls played their best softball yet.

This season, Skinner’s defense was led by Sofia and Yanitza, who swapped innings at pitcher and first base; Amelia and Angie were reliable behind the plate to catch the heat. Each of these girls also bolstered the offense with their slugging at the top of the order. The team welcomed a few solid additions this year, notably: Ella, Alexis, and Arianna, the lone 6th grader to make the varsity squad.

Highlights of the season included learning to slide on a slip-n-slide, enjoying hot chocolate at a chilly away game, and traveling to Wheatridge to cheer on two former Scorpion softballers, Analece and Gabby. Those girls went on to win a state championship; here’s hoping some of our current players will go on to continue that tradition!

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Flag Football
The season started strong with 22 players on the traveling squad and 27 players on the practice squad. Both boys and girls are participating by learning the plays, practicing sportsmanship, and having loads of fun. The practice squad is working hard to improve on days when no games are played. The traveling squad compiled a record of 2 – 2. Coach Dehning is hoping for another win or two in order to head to the playoffs with a positive direction.

Volleyball

1026130958a-1 (1)The 7 & 8th grade team had an exciting season, highlighted by a weekend at the University of Colorado at Boulder. On a Friday, the team drove to Boulder for an exciting evening complete with a tour of the campus, a pizza dinner and an exciting game watching the Buffs volleyball team crush Arizona. The girls did not get home until 10:30 pm, but returned to Skinner Middle School early Saturday morning to host their second annual team fundraiser. Each girl greeted parents, staff, and community members while serving  a delicious huevos rancheros breakfast. Each year, the team works together to become a family and in supporting these activities, the girls step out of their daily routine to become positive young ladies. Coach Gloria Montoya-Sanchez would like to thank the many family members, staff, and community members who support our team each year in making these activities possible.
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Cross Country
xcountry2The Cross Country Team had an amazing season, training in a variety of ways and running at different venues. One of their favorites this year was at Willis Case Golf Course, sponsored by our dedicated North Vikings. This year’s team was strong in numbers, but more impressive was the strength and perseverance each runner brought each day to practice. Coach Winter can’t wait to see what they bring next season! The team congratulates 8th graders Ryan, for his two year commitment to the team, and Andrea, for her successful season.

 

 

Soccer
Coach Kendall and Coach Nenni had an energetic group of boys who were eager to learn the sport of soccer this season. The team looked to the leadership of 8th grade midfielder Ian and 7th grade goalie Maika, while 6th grader Travis led the front line. Everyday, practices were filled with conditioning, drills, and scrimmaging, and encouraging words from teammate to teammate were constantly overheard. The coaches are most proud of the sportsmanship displayed by the Skinner athletes on a regular basis. They are looking forward to helping the players grow and develop as soccer players in the off season, and seeing them out there on the field again next fall. Thank you to all the Skinner families and friends for the support!

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