Swathi Shekharan, 11
The girls volleyball has done exceptionally this season, with many successes and wins. Here’s a Q-an-A with Amelia Walker, a junior on the volleyball team. She talked about the sport in general, why she loves it, and what has contributed to the success of the team.
Swathi Shekharan: What is the team’s record so far this season?
Amelia Walker: 15-4.
Swathi Shekharan: When did the season start?
Amelia Walker: Practice started at the end of August.
Swathi Shekharan: What has your favorite game been so far?
Amelia Walker: I would have to say our senior night. We beat Cosby High School and totally swept them!
Swathi Shekharan: What is your favorite part of the volleyball team?
Amelia Walker: I love how close we are as a team. Our coach, Micah, is awesome and super funny. It’s fun to be a part of a team and represent the school.
Swathi Shekharan: What is practice like?
Amelia Walker: We lift weights about once a week, do training, and have regular volleyball practice 6 times a week.
Swathi Shekharan: What is different about the team this year?
Amelia Walker: We don’t have any new people: it’s the exact same team except for the seniors who graduated. Because there are no new people, we already have our system down very effectively. Everyone knows their roles and we are all very in sync.
Swathi Shekharan: What position do you play and what is it like?
Amelia Walker: I am setter, which is sometimes referred to as the ”quarterback of the team”. I decide what plays to run, makes strategies, and try to throw off the other teams’ blockers. My main goal is to play to my teammates’ strength and set them up for success. I read through the net and decipher what the other team is doing and what their next move will be.
Lilly Overby, 9
Last Wednesday, our James River Rapids Field Hockey team brought the Midlothian Trojans to “The Swamp” for an exciting game. Last time the field hockey team played Midlothian this season was at Midlothian High. JV lost that away game 3-0 and varsity won that game in overtime 2-1. Both teams knew they had to work harder than any game before if they wanted to win.
First came the JV game that was very intense for their coach, Lauren, and for them. Both Midlothian and James River had a strong defense and kept the game to a tie of 0-0. It was a very nerve racking game with many shots on goal for both teams. Thanks to James River JV goalie, Grace Erwin, those shots on their goal did not go in. After the game, Coach Lauren said, “ We could have done a better job with our offence and moving the ball down the field as a team but we played strong gritty defense so I was happy with that.”
Next up came the Varsity game. During the game there were lots of strong transitions and passes. The ball control for both Midlothian and James River was impeccable which made it harder for both teams to score. The one goal scored that game was by Sara Hudson for James River. That goal made the final score 1-0 and gave another win to James River Varsity field hockey.
Anna Grace Dorsey, 11
Where do I begin about Friday night football games...best night of the WEEK, am I right? Tons of school spirit, a great way to see friends you don’t get to see at school, and most importantly, a fun way to support James River’s varsity football team! However, I am not your average student in the student section: I am part of James River’s dance team, Rapid Motion! This is probably why I have so much excitement when it comes to football games. We are right in front of the action and we get to dance all night long!
With that being said, we do get third quarter off to be a student for 15 minutes of the game, and boy is it a mess up in the student section. It is very chaotic, claustrophobic, and sweaty! However, I am done being negative because the positives heavily outweigh the very minimal qualms I have about football games. From fun themes to spending time with the student body, Friday nights are arguably the best night of the week. It is nights like Friday when you love being in high school. I love being on the sidelines but also love being in the stands. If football season could last all year, it would make the school year that much better. I cannot imagine missing out on any of the football games.