This article was written by seniors Isaac Mervis and Daniel Healey!
After graduating 9 of 11 starters this past year, the outlook was grim for the UHS Boys Soccer Team. Senior Captains Jake “Bumblebee” Tanner and Daniel “Tickle Fight” Sanders were the only two returning starters and knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. The captains got their hands dirty in the summer, working tirelessly on fitness, ball control, and communication with the younger players. To the satisfaction of coach Wesley Priest, many previously unheard of players have risen from the depths of the unknown to the plateau of immortality. The team sports a tough Blazer attack led by senior Spencer Phillips and freshman Devin Jackson. In the middle of the field the team boasts a lineup of Bumblebee, Tickle Fight, and sophomore Sam Rudd, with junior Jacob Benson and freshman Ryan Williams on the outside wings. Senior Isaac Mervis, junior Dimitri Georgakopolous, and sophomore Tyler Wott hold down the back line. While that is one frequently used lineup, Coach Priest is happy with his team’s ability to change formations as well as throw in different players here and there. Many players have come off the bench to have serious contributions including sophomore Patrick Naremore, senior Graham “Buckets” Turner, and many more. Despite a couple close, tough losses, the team is off to a good start and hopes to continue their momentum throughout the year as they improve and hopefully make a run in Sectionals.
Tuesday, August 19th vs. Heritage Christian: L 2-1
Saturday, August 23rd vs. Lutheran: W 3-0
Tuesday, August 26th vs. Bethesda: W 7-0
Tuesday, September 2nd vs. Park Tudor: L 1-0
The Girls Soccer Team is off to an impressive start this year. After beating Indianapolis Broad Ripple, the team faced a tough stretch against big schools with competitive programs. The veteran leadership on this team is evident from their many seniors (Berry, Troughton, Waugh, Small, Ciulla, Chavan, and Eskenazi). The older players have done a great job cultivating the talent of those newer to the team. Seniors Lizzie “Pick This” Berry and Emma Troughton led a powerful Blazer offense with 5 goals each. Junior Lexie Schulte has stepped up this year and protected the goal very well. Unfortunately, the team was struck with misfortune as senior Mackenzie Waugh will miss the remainder of the season with an injury to her ACL. However, her spirit will surge through the members of the team as she helps coach the team to a successful year. This team is constantly improving and we expect to see even more good results as the year goes on into the Sectional tournament.
Thursday, August 21st vs. Indianapolis Broad Ripple: W 14-0
Saturday, August 23rd vs. New Palestine: L 5-1
Saturday, August 23rd vs. Franklin Central: L 5-0
Tuesday, August 26th vs. Pendleton Heights: L 4-1
Thursday, August 28th vs. Scecina: W 4-1
The Tennis team also suffered big losses of seniors graduating last year, but the team hasn’t missed a beat. Senior Neil Chavan has led his warriors into battle at the 1 Singles position. Seniors John “Alex” Rosebrough and Joshua Chinsky have also really stepped up their game by making big contributions to the team. In the doubles position, Dakota Allen and Ray have had great results, along with the “Dream Team” of Eric Metzman and Akhil Vadlamudi. Metzman, self-proclaimed “Heart and Soul of the Tennis Team” has high hopes for the team this year. He states, “I think the team is really solid this year. If we all believe in each other, anything is possible!” This quote shows the passion and the heart this year’s team has that will propel them to victory in the matches to come. We can only expect big things from UHS Tennis this year.
Monday, August 25th vs. Danville: W 5-0
Wednesday, September 3rd vs. Speedway: W 3-2
Boys Cross Country
The Boys Cross Country team has been off to a fast start this season. They are small and mighty this year with only 11 runners, the smallest in over 3 years. Junior Sam Klarquist has been the lead runner of the team once again. Klarquist has passed the 19-minute mark already this season, by running an 18:52 during the first meet of the season at Brebeuf. Senior Ryan Masoncup hasn’t been far behind Klarquist. Masoncup’s top time thus far has been 19:39 at the Hamilton County Meet. Junior Peter Steinbart is the third wheeler for the team this season. Steinbart’s top time this season has been a 20:31. The team has only run in one meet this season so far with a smaller school. They fared well finishing second out of three teams. They have finished in the bottom half in the other two meets, but they were competing against Carmel High School and other similar caliber schools. The team had a couple of new comers this season. Freshman Jonathan Gray is a great addition to the Varsity Squad and is showing a lot of potential. He will definitely be a leader in the following years. The team also welcomed the addition of sophomore Charles Earle. He didn’t have much running experience at the start, but he is working hard to improve his times. The team is at the start of the busy part of their season and they hope to get a couple wins during the next few weeks.
Girls Cross Country
The Girls Cross Country team is the largest and strongest they have been in years. The potential they are showing this year is incredible. The team has 13 girls, the biggest team University Girls Cross Country has ever seen. Junior Cyan Cosby has led the team once again for her third straight season. She’s pushing for that school record once again. Her season best thus far is 22:35 at the Brebeuf meet. Sophomore Honor Cosby is rolling is the consistent second place runner for the squad. She’s always pushing to catch up to sister and teammate Cyan Cosby. Honor’s top time this season is 23:45 at the Hamilton County Meet. The third runner for the team is Senior Megan James. Megan is in her second year of running at University, and captured the team record for the Girls Team last season. James’ top time this year is a 25:41 at the Brebeuf Meet. The team has had many new runners this season. There are five new freshmen this season; three of the freshmen run at the varsity level. The team also added Sophomore Chloe Ashley and Senior Lydia Schweitzer to the mix of runners. The Girls team has been very successful this season. They beat a couple teams at the Brebeuf meet, won the meet at International, and came in seventh place at the Landes Invite, which gave them ribbons for their accomplishment. The team hopes to get a few more wins in the book by the end of the season and hopefully send Cyan and Honor Cosby and James to the Sectional.
The Girls Volleyball Team has stepped up the plate this season after losing many key seniors last year. Thus far into the season the team is 6-4. This is a feat considering some of the tough opponents that the team has played this season. They have beaten Traders Point, Sheridan, Rushville, Manual, International, and Faith Christian. Some of these games were very close, but our Lady Trailblazers pulled out the victory in crunch time. The Varsity team has a lot of senior leadership on the squad. These seniors are Jennie O’Keefe, Nia Townsend, Moriah Atlas, Jada Franklin, Isabel Murphy, Izzy Tikijian, and Robin MacKellar. Jada Franklin has been leading the team so far with 36 kills. Juniors Olivia Gardner and Maddie Smith have been leading the team in aces with 19 and 18, respectively. Robin MacKellar has led the team in blocks with 15. Lastly, Maddie Smith leads the team with 118 digs. It is clear that this team is not led by one person, but that it is truly a team effort. The team has a very good chance of finishing the season about .500, which would be outstanding. Once again they are one of the top teams in their Sectional and could use all the support to get them to the Sectional.
Girls Golf section will be written after Daniel gets information from one of the team members.
Photo Credit: Ashley Crockett-Lohr