by: Peter Gobeille

With Fall sports ending, The Raiders’ Digest recaps the progress teams at Stuart have made over the year.

Cheerleading: Varsity cheer had their district semi-final cheer competition on Oct 13. The cheerleading squad finished fourth in the competition, earning them a spot in the district finals along with three other schools. In the District Finals, they finished second and went on to Regionals. “It feels weird because last year we didn’t make it this far. I’m excited for it but it’s a weird feeling,” said sophomore Siena Lambo. The team finished 7th out of 12 teams in the Regional tournament.

Cross Country: Last year the Varsity cross country team had a runner go all the way to Regionals. This year, the teams set their sights on making Regionals as a team. “I would like to see my team go to Regionals. That’s in a few days and it’s up to them to be up for the challenge of their lives,” said cross country coach Ron Kronlage. The cross country team had a great performance as they had one member from the girls team advance to Regionals and the boys’ top seven also advanced to Regionals. In Regionals, the team had one runner, sophomore Chloe Beverina, make it to states. This is a huge accomplishment as Beverina is the second Stuart girl to qualify under Kronlage.

Field Hockey: The year for the varsity field hockey team hasn’t been the best. The team went through a very tough winless season. The team has experienced growing pains, and despite not winning a game this year, they will have nine returning players for the next season. While the team didn’t see a lot of success this year, it has a lot of youth and next year should be better.

Football: The varsity football team has won two games and is looking to win the final game of the season, which is the highly anticipated bell game against Falls Church. The two wins came against Thomas Jefferson, which was a 40-13 blowout and then a close game against Mount Vernon, which ended with the score of 26-10. The Raiders had a strong running game with over 130 total rushing yards. “We will just be looking to play hard and win the bell game,” said senior football player Jose Gutierrez of his team’s mindset entering the Falls Church game.

Golf: The varsity boys’ roster for golf has doubled in size since last year, and are now seeing a yearly increase in the amount of students going out and playing for the Stuart golf team. This year, the girls’ golf team had senior Megan Nguyen make it all the way to Regionals. Golf coach, Eric Welch, said of the increase of the increase in participation, “It’s excellent. It’s what we need to do for the future of the team. It definitely helps with the developing of the team in the future.”

Volleyball: Varsity volleyball didn’t get off to the best start. In the first eight games they went 3-5. All of their losses during that stretch came against teams with records above .570. Since then they have won 6 of their last 7 games to close out the season and finished third in their conference. Head volleyball coach Sharon Ponton was named Conference 13 Coach of the Year. The team will look to carry its momentum into Regionals.