by Peter Gobeille
Football: The Varsity Raider football team finished the season with not so pretty record only winning one of their ten games of the season. Despite the rough season undergone by the Raiders, there is still good to come from the season. Junior Kevin Flores was named to 1st team All-Conference on offense and defense, and seven others, Seniors Joe Vasques, Angel Flores and Juniors Carlos Ventura, Edwin Garcia and Sophomore Mason Lowe, were named to second team All-Conference. Sophomore Mason Lowe said, “ It hurt to win one game but we all enjoyed it and got better and there is always next year.” This is a good sign for the future of the football team as they have four All Conference players coming back to play next year and will add proven experience and talent to the team.
Cheerleading: The Varsity Raiders cheerleading team has overcome a lot of adversity during the 2015 season. The team had to deal with a number of injuries and had two coaches leave the team during the season. This had a significant impact on their performances as they were unable to match their regional success from last year, as the team finished 6th in the conference and were unable to qualify for the regional tournament. Junior Sydney Mack said “ Cheerleading, more than any other sport, is about teamwork. Even after everything that went on during the season we still did our best and got closer as a team.” Despite all of the obstacles being thrown at the team, they were still able to grow as a unit.
Field Hockey: The field hockey team have won two games this season, both were decided in overtime. The first win was against Wakefield at home on the turf. The field hockey team also won the highly anticipated bell game against Falls Church on Sep 21. While the team later lost in the first round of their conference tournament to Lee, there were still bright spots. Senior Jamie Grant was named 1st team All-Conference and Senior Lauren Twomey and Juniors Melanie Albrecht and Leah Hudson were honorable mentions.
Volleyball: The Volleyball team got off to a rough start, going 2-7 and losing their first conference matchup with Thomas Edison. Since the loss to Edison, the Lady Raiders have gone on a late run and won three straight matches, two coming against conference opponents.
The streak was snapped after a loss to Marshall. All of the Raider losses have come against quality opposition, as each of their opponents they lost to had at least seven wins on the season. They followed up the loss against Marshall by winning their last two conference matches of the season against Lee and Thomas Jefferson. Coming into the conference tournament, the Lady Raiders were playing TJ, a team they beat in the regular season only a few weeks ago. In the playoff matchup, however, they were unable to continue their winning ways against the Colonials as they fell 3 sets to 1. Junior Lauren Pitkin, “We really grew as a team but sadly we didn’t really play to our true potential.”
Golf: The Varsity golf team has been a program of improvement for Stuart over the last couple of years and this year the team was able to capture quality results. After a season in which they weren’t able to win a match, the boys’ team was able to win two of their six matches while the girls were able to win two of four matches. Assistant coach Haile Russom said, “At first we were all a little worried because Mr.Welch stepped down, but our new coach, coach Kenna, came in and I think we did pretty well.”
Cross Country: The Cross country team came into this season attempting to follow up last year’s season in which they sent eight total runners to Regional competition. This season the team performed well and had their boys’ team finish 4th in the conference and their girls’ team finish 5th. A rule change before the season made it so that only the top 3 schools from each conference make it into regional competition, instead of it being the top 4 schools like it had been the previous season. This put the boys team one place away from being able to send their runners to the Regional tournament. Junior team captain Cody Kline said, “ It is kind of tough to think that we didn’t make regionals because of a rule change, but we should have done more to not put ourselves in the position where a rule change does decide our season.”
photo by Olivia Beeman