Monday, December 31, 2007
KJ 18 Baden (with KL Senior Kathy Taylor) is the #1 overall seed out of 48 teams in Power League. KJ 18 Baden will start at Kentwood and should play both Saturday and Sunday there.
KJ 17 Baden (with KL Junior Kellcee Merritt), the top seeded 17s team in the region, is the #8 overall seed (and probably seeded low at that) and will start at Franklin Pierce HS (near PLU in Spanaway) on Saturday but should be at Kentwood on Sunday in the same pool as KJ 18 Baden.
Sudden Impact 17 Storm (with KL Juniors Mackenzie Kyle and Holly Marx) are the #17 overall seed and begin play at FPHS in the same pool as KJ 17 Baden.
Saturday's Warriors Total Control (with KL Juniors Melissa Kozy and Sarah Ralph) are the #26 overall seed and begin play at Kentwood on Saturday morning.
Where each team plays on Saturday afternoon and Sunday depends on how they do in their Saturday pools. Possible locations are either Kentwood, Franklin Pierce or Washington High School on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
There is no entrance fee for local Club tournaments, so come out and see some good volleyball and cheer our Kentlake players to victory.
U16 Power League will start the weekend of January 12th. 11 Kentlake players will be involved that weekend but pools and locations have not been posted yet.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Ellis Adam Behrens
Nov. 27th 2007, 9:54am
7 pounds 4 oz.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Kathy Taylor - KJ 18 Baden
Kellcee Merritt - KJ 17 Baden
Melissa Kozy - Saturday Warriors 18 Total Control
Sarah Ralph - Saturday Warriors 18 Total Control
Mackenzie Kyle - Sudden Impact 17 Storm
Holly Marx - Sudden Impact 17 Storm
Aryn McCarthy - KJ 16 Baden
McKenna Herron - KJ 16 Baden
Kacey Kretzler - Saturday Warriors 16 Fire
Jessica Roundy - Saturday Warriors 16 Fire
Ginnie Weiss - Puget Sound 16 Silver
Christi Blanton - NW Juniors U16 Inferno
Maggie Howe - Northwest Juniors 16 Storm
Paeton Bartholomew - KJ 15 Baden
Rebecca Kozy - Saturday Warriors U 15 Crush
Hannah Borgen - Saturday Warriors U 15 In8Power
Alli Gladwell - Sports for Youth 15
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I have some unexpected news regarding my pregnancy. I may be getting induced tomorrow, Thurs. 22nd because of stress-induced high blood-pressure. We had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and my blood pressure was high; we ended up going home that night and calling the doctor because I was having headaches and blurred vision; my doctor advised us to come back to the birth center. We were given the option to induce that night, but my blood pressure went back down and Dan and I thought it was too “sudden”. Dan and I will go in tomorrow morning to get checked in and probably given the option of induction.
I am really sorry for the last minute change of plans; my idea is to give varsity players everything I originally was going to give them (plaques, gifts, etc.) and later maybe doing a “get together”. As for the younger teams, they will have to understand; they will get their stuff too.
Thank you for all your support this year; I know that at times it’s been difficult and cancelling the banquet only adds to it, but we had a great season and I am very proud to have coached these kids. They are outstanding student-athletes; and have surpassed all expectations!
Please, please let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to call or email us any time. I will definitely be emailing to keep you updated.
Coach Thorsness is going to talk to Coach Behrens and decide what to do about the other three teams, so just hang in there a little bit on that, but the Varsity portion of the banquet is definitely postponed. We will post the team awards, etc when they are announced.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
|Attack Percentage:||Kathy Taylor|
|Solo Blocks:||Kathy Taylor|
|Assist Blocks:||Kathy Taylor|
Note: These figures are based on preliminary numbers. The final statistics may vary slightly.
Accomplishments: Taylor had 16 kills and seven blocks combined in state tournament matches against Woodinville and Shadle Park last Saturday. The Falcons put together a three game sweep of Woodinville, but then were bumped out of the tournament by Shadle Park in four games.
Favorite class: French
If you could be any action hero - Batman, Wonder Woman, etc - whom would you be, and why? I would be Superman becuase he can fly - and his cape is extra cool.
Also noted: Taylor has a 3.94 grade-point average. She plays club volleyball and plans to play college volleyball beginning next year.
The first round opponent was Skyview from the Greater St. Helens league. Skyview was undefeated in league and got a bye to State for winning their league tournament. Kentlake pushed Skyview to five games for the first time all year and had chances to win the match before falling in five.
Kentlake lost the first game 16-25, but came back to win game two 25-23. Skyview then put together one of their best games of the year, combined with probably Kentlake's worst game of the year, to blow out the Falcons 10-25.
However, Kentlake did not let that get them down and responded with a great game to win 25-23. Skyview then pulled out game five, 15-12 to advance.
The Falcons were led by Melissa Kozy's 15 kills and Amelia Hilsen's 13 kills. Meggie Henley had 5 blocks.
Woodinville was undefeated in league, played Kentwood well in the first round, and featured probably the top libero in the state in WSU-bound Betsy Devitch. So, of course, Kentlake swept them off the court.
The first two games were all Kentlake with fairly easy wins at 25-18 and 25-16. Game three was much closer with Kentlake taking the 26-24 victory.
Kentlake was led by Amelia Hilsen and Melissa Kozy, each with 7 kills, and Kathy Taylor with six kills and a season high 9 blocks (4 solo). Melissa Kozy and Sarah Ralph had 4 blocks each (each with 2 solo and 2 assist blocks) and Britanny Jamison had 24 assists.
Kentlake faced Shadle Park for the right to advance to the 5th/8th contest. Kentlake took game one, 25-23, behind the five kills each of Amelia Hilsen and Melissa Kozy and the solid blocking of the entire team. Unfortunately, the Falcons were unable to maintain their momentum and Shadle Park, led by their #15, took control of the match. Shadle Park won the last three games, 16-25, 16-25, 20-25. Shadle Park went on to sweep Monroe for 5th place.
Kentlake was paced by Melissa Kozy with 12 kills and three blocks, Kathy Taylor with 9 kills and 4 blocks and Amelia Hilsen with 9 kills. Britanny Jamison had 27 assists and Holly Marx had 10 assists.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Skyview went undefeated in their league, but finished tied for 13th with Kentlake at the Crossover Classic (won their pool and then lost twice [to King's and Hanford] and then won [beating Bethel]). The number two team in their League (Heritage) lost the "winner to state/loser out" match at home to KingCo #3 Inglemoor.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The draw for the bracket will be tomorrow, but regardless of how things go, due to having three classifications all together at one location (2A starts Thursday and ends on Friday, while 3A starts Friday morning and 4A starts Friday afternoon and both finish Saturday), we will be playing on both Friday and Saturday this year. The first round match will be at either noon or 1:30. If we win there will be a second round match at 6:30 or 8pm Friday evening. If we lose the first round match, the second round match will be 9am or 10:30am on Saturday.
Game two saw Olympia pull out to a 6-2 lead. Kentlake was making a comeback when the the referee decided to enforce the pickier aspects of the uniform regulations. Amelia Hilsen's spandex had a thin white line down the side, while everyone else except Jen Barber had solid black sides. It was OK for Jen's uniform to have a side stripe since the libero uniform does not have to match the rest of the team, but Amelia's was illegal. There was confusion about what to do, but Amelia left the gym and was quickly back wearing a borrowed set of spandex - and now all black. Kentlake was rattled for a couple of points, but soon fought back to tie 21-21 and the lead 23-21. The Bears would not go away, until Kentlake finally won 27-25.
Kentlake came out fired up for Game three and rocketed out to a 12-0 lead behind the serving of Senior Setter Brittany Jamison. The lead stayed about the same for the rest of the game until Olympia put it long for match point and the celebration began. All of the parents were very glad that the "on the edge of the seat nail biting" aspects of the game were severely lessened by the quick start.
Kentlake was paced by the 11 kills and 3 aces of Melissa Kozy. Amelia Hilsen added 7 kills and 1 ace, Sarah Ralph had 6 kills and 1 ace and Kathy Taylor had 5 kills, 1 ace and 3 blocks. Maggie Henley also had three blocks including two solo blocks. Jen Barber had 16 digs.
Kentlake will play the winner of the Wilson/Olympia match at 2pm. Wilson was up 2-1 after three games, but it was a very close match.
There was a good crowd for this mornings game, but it would be great to have a huge crowd for the "Winner to State" game this afternoon.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Kentlake easily won game one, but fell behind early in game two 6-2. The kept it close, however, and finally pulled in the lead 18-17. They did not let up and pulled away for the win. Game three saw Kentlake pull out to a 19-12 lead and cruise in from there.
Defensively Kentlake was led by Jen Barber's 10 kills and Kathy Taylor's 4 blocks. However, the defensive gems were two solo blocks by Brittany Jamison including one of the prettiest sounding (and looking) blocks you will see. Brittany also had 33 assists in the match.
Kentlake next plays the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge winner at 5:15. Kentwood won the first game but it was all tied at 22 in the second game when the score was last reported.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
If we beat Gig Harbor we play the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge winner at 5:15 Friday. If we beat them we play at noon on Saturday and then either 2pm or 4pm (depending on whether we won [4pm for 1st/2nd] or lost [2pm for 3rd/6th]).
If we beat Gig Harbor but lose to Kentwood, we play at 10am Saturday. Win then and we play at 2:00 Saturday for a berth to State.
If we lose to Gig Harbor, we play the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge loser at 3:30 on Friday. Win that and then we would play at noon and, if we win, 2pm on Saturday for a berth to State. If you win your side of the loser's bracket there is a coin-flip to determine the 4th/5th seeds instead of playing it out.
So, lose zero or once and you go to State. Lose twice and you are out.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Gig Harbor went undefeated during the Narrows League regular season, but lost twice on Saturday, 3-2 to Olympia and 3-1 to Wilson to finish as the #4 seed.
The winner of the Kentlake/Gig Harbor match will face the winner of the Kentwood/Emerald Ridge match at 5:15, while the losers of those matches will face-off at 3:30. Both matches will also be on Court #4.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Accomplishments: Jamison, a setter, dished out 20 assists in three-game sweep (25-14, 25-19, 25-21) of Kentridge on Oct. 17. The win helped the Flacons move into second place in the South Puget Sound League North Division.
Favorite class: Calculus BC
If you could be any action hero - Batman, Wonder Woman, etc - whom would you be, and why? I would be Elastigirl from The Incredibles so I could make myself as tall as I wanted to be.
Also noted: Jamison has been on the varsity volleyball team for four years at Kentlake and hold an impressive 3.91 GPA.
Editor's Note: Brittany is the first, and only, four year Varsity letterman in volleyball at Kentlake
Friday, October 26, 2007
Kentlake will play Curtis HS (SPSL South #2 seed) at 11am tomorrow. Curtis is 12-2 on the year with losses to (and victories over) Rogers and Puyallup. The winner of that match will play the winner of the Tahoma/Puyallup match at 3pm. The loser of the Curtis/Kentlake match will play the winner of the Thomas Jefferson (SPSL North #5)/Emerald Ridge (SPSL South #4) match at 5pm.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Please come out to support the Falcons as they go for the SPSL North #2 seed and a match against Puyallup.
There will be three teams playing for three spots: Kentlake, Tahoma and Kentridge. Lots will be drawn to designate these teams as A, B, and C.
Teams A and B will play at 6pm on Thursday at Kentwood. The winner will be the SPSL North #2 seed (Kentwood is SPSL North #1 seed) to the SPSL Playoffs. The loser of Game 1 will play Team C at 7pm. The winner of that game will be the SPSL North #3 seed and the loser will be the SPSL North #4 seed.
The SPSL Playoffs will be this Saturday at Bethel HS in Spanaway. The top five teams in the SPSL North and the top five teams in the SPSL South are involved. All 10 teams will move on to the West Central District #3 Playoffs the following Saturday at Kentwood. The top 6 teams from the Narrows League will also be involved at WCD.
The SPSL North #2 seed will play the SPSL South #3 (Puyallup) seed at 11am on Saturday. The SPSL North #3 seed will play the SPSL South #2 (Curtis) seed, again at 11am. The winners of those matches will play at 3pm for the SPSL #3 and #4 seeds to Districts (Kentwood plays Rogers for the SPSL #1 and #2 seeds).
The SPSL North #4 seed will play the SPSL South #5 (Bethel) seed at 1pm. The winner of that match will play the loser of the North #2/South #3 game at 5pm. Similarly the North #5 (Thomas Jefferson) will play the South #4 (Emerald Ridge), with the winner playing the loser of the North #2/South #3 match. The winners of those matches do a coin flip for SPSL #5/#6 seeds, while the losers do a coin flip for SPSL #7/#8. The losers of the 4/5 matches do a coin flip for SPSL #9/#10.
You can download a copy of the bracket.
Kentlake was paced by the 7 kills and 2 aces of Melissa Kozy. Maggie Henley added 5 kills. Defensively Amber Anderson was on fire with a total of 6 blocks (2 solo). Kathy Taylor added 4 blocks and 9 digs. Jennifer Barber also had 9 digs and 2 aces. Brittany Jamison had 15 assists.
The amazing Kentlake Pep Band added to a great atmosphere for Senior Night. Tim Vagen, who has provided jump training for several of the Kentlake players and was there as a Senior Night guest of Kathy Taylor, sang the National Anthem.
Monday, October 22, 2007
The JV and Sophomore teams play at Kentlake at 6pm, while the Freshman team plays at Kentwood at 5pm.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
It is Senior Night for Kentridge and Kentridge is always a tough place to play, so we really need all the support the loyal Falcon fans can provide. So lets fill the stands and cheer the Falcons to victory.
The Sophomore team plays Tahoma at Kent-Meridian at 4pm.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Melissa Kozy led the Falcons with 34 kills for the day, but Kathy Taylor had 29 kills with only 2 errors for a blistering .491 hitting average. Brittany Jamison had 105 assists to bring her season total to over 400. She also had 12 aces to pace the team. Melissa Kozy led the Falcons with 25 digs and Jennifer Barber had 22. Maggie Henley led the team with 11 total blocks.
Note: While they played 13 games, the nine Pool Play games started at 7-7, so they were only 18 point games. That keeps the "per game" stat averages down about 1/3.
Friday, October 12, 2007
JV was swept by KM but did salvage a win in game three.
In the opening match, JV was swept by Tahoma.
Monday, October 8, 2007
The JV and Freshman teams play at 6pm with Varsity following at about 7:15.
The Sophomore team travels to Kentwood to play their Sophomore team at 5:45.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The Sophomore and Freshman teams are at home on Thursday. The Sophomore team hosts the Kentridge Freshman at 4pm team while the Freshman team hosts the Kent-Meridian Freshman team at 6pm.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The Chargers also swept the JV team.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Kentlake downs Tahoma
by Erick Walker
Kentlake has plenty of tradition on the volleyball court. Five state berths and three titles since 2000 attest to as much.
As good as the past has been for the Falcons, they showed on Tuesday that their future is plenty bright, too.
Juniors Melissa Kozy and Sarah Ralph combined for 29 kills, leading the Falcons past upstart Tahoma – 25-22, 25-16, 19-25, 25-15 – in a South Puget Sound League North Division showdown.
On Wednesday all four teams play on the road against Kentwood, however, for some reason, the Freshman team is playing the Kentwood Freshman team a mile away at Tahoma.
Kentlake High volleyball
Melissa Kozy, a 5-foot-10 junior outside hitter, smashed a career-high 19 kills and served up six aces as the Falcons remained unbeaten in the South Puget Sound League 4A North with a 3-1 victory over Tahoma High of Covington. She also recorded 12 kills in a 3-0 win over Federal Way
Friday, September 21, 2007
JV dropped the first game but rallied to win in three. Maggie Howe led the team with 6 kills and Katie Shelton had 5 kills and 6 aces.
The Sophomore team won in three.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Kentlake will travel to Kent-Meridian to play the Royals on Thursday.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Kentlake then beat Anacortes in two. After a very long delay, Kentlake finally played Mercer Island for 9th place. In a very uncharacteristic match (marred by some very questionable calls at critical junctures) Kentlake lost 16-18 in three to the Islanders.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Melissa Kozy had 5 kills and Amelia Hilsen 4. Britanny Jamison led Kentlake with 13 assists in two games, while Holly Marx had six assists in one game. Jennifer Barber led the team with 17 digs.
Everyone played in the match including the first Varsity appearance of DS Kellcee Merritt coming off injury and getting an ace and three digs.
Sunnfjord had defeated Kent-Meridian 3-1 in the early contest.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Please come and support Kentlake.
We need several parents to help with tonights match. Please see the online signup sheet at http://www.kentlakevb.com/match_sept12.htm
Monday, September 10, 2007
Please signup to bring food for the Hospitality Room. We need breakfast items.
Friday, September 7, 2007
On Wednesday the Varsity team will play a team from Norway at about 7:30pm. Preceding that game, Kent-Meridian will play the Norwegian team at 6pm at Kentlake.
We need some people to help with tasks, especially during the three Varsity games. We need JV parents to help during the Varsity games while Varsity parents do the work during the JV contests. In that manner everyone gets to watch their daughter play while still helping the Kentlake volleyball program. Right now there are several parents working both JV and Varsity games and we really need everyone to step up and help.
You can sign up online to help.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Traffic can be very bad in Federal Way and you may want to consider coming from 272nd/288th to Pacific Hwy S and then Dash Point Point Rd. Follow to 21st Ave SW then to SW 320th. That usually avoids the worst traffic.
The Kentlake Sophomore and Freshman teams are both at home. The Sophomore team plays Kentridge 9 at 4pm and the Freshman team plays Kentwood C at 5pm. No admission will be charged, nor will concessions be available.
Friday, August 31, 2007
- 4:00 - Kentridge
- 4:30 - Bye
- 5:00 - Thomas Jefferson
- 5:30 - Puyallup
- 6:00 - Bonney Lake
- 6:30 - Bye
- 7:00 - Graham Kapowsin
- 7:30 - Curtis
- 8:00 - Auburn Mountainview
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Kent-Meridian will play the Norwegian team at 6pm, followed by Kentlake vs. Norway at about 7:30pm. Both matches will be best 3 out of 5 and there will be at least 30 minutes between contests.
We need the normal range of volunteers to help. Please sign up at http://www.kentlakevb.com/match_sept12.htm
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
All orders for practice t-shirts should be made directly through Coach Behrens, NOT through Gear Athletics (formerly Athletic Supply).
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Online signups are available. Go to the proper date, select the job you are interested in and click on "Sign Me Up". This will allow you to send an email message to Kentlakevb already formatted with the name of the job you want to do and the match in the subject line.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Some of the popular items are Parent T-Shirts (with team rosters on the back), player sweat shirts and pants, polos and caps. The prices are quite reasonable. The initial order will be made Wednesday, August 29th, so shop early.
Spirit wear will be delivered to the school and distributed to the players to bring home.
- September 11, Thomas Jefferson
- September 13, Federal Way
- September 18, Tahoma
- September 24, Kentridge
- October 2, Decatur
- October 11, Kent Meridian
- October 23, Kentwood (Senior Night)
You can also sign up for matches at the barbecue tonight.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The 2007 Kentlake Varsity roster is:
- Amber Anderson
- Maggie Henley
- Amelia Hilsen
- Brittany Jamison
- Amanda Ogle
- Kathy Taylor
- Jen Barber
- Melissa Kozy
- Mackenzie Kyle
- Holly Marx
- Kellcee Merritt
- Sarah Ralph
- McKenna Herron
- Aryn McCarthy
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
The Kentlake Volleyball Booster Group will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments and bottled water.
Please bring an item to share based on your grade:
- 9th grade - Pop or Chips (Note: This has changed from earlier posts)
- 10th grade - Casseroles or bean salads
- 11th grade - Other Salads .... green - pasta - potato
- 12th grade - Desserts
Note, that is by grade, not by which team you are on.
The barbecue will begin at 6pm and the meeting will follow.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Tryouts start tomorrow at 9am sharp. Everyone should be in proper volleyball attire and ready to go by 8:45am. Anyone that has not completed the athletic registration process will not be allowed to participate. It is unknown how long the registration process will take for those that did not complete it last week but it is unlikely any such players will be able to participate in tryouts on Monday at all. Remember that tryouts on Monday at in two sessions, 9-11am and 1-3pm.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
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Monday, August 13, 2007
Practice will be by team starting after tryouts are over. After school starts practice will be after school each day that the team does not have a match. Practice times until school starts are:
- Friday, August 24th - 8AM to 11AM (6PM Team BBQ)
- Saturday, August 25th - 8AM to 11AM (Varsity Only)
- Monday, August 27th - 8AM to 11AM
- Tuesday, August 28th - 8AM to 11AM
- Wednesday, August 29th - 3:30PM to 6PM
- Thursday, August 30th - 3:30PM to 6PM
- Friday, August 31st - 3:30PM to 6PM
All players MUST go through the athletic registration process at Kentlake today or tomorrow. Registration forms will NOT be accepted next Monday, the first day of tryouts. It must be done before Falcon Day. The forms you need to turn in are linked below. All incoming freshman and transfer players will need a new physical. High School sports physicals are good for two years, so most Juniors will also need a new sports physicals, but most Sophomores and Seniors will not.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
- Monday: 9AM to 11AM and 1PM to 3PM
- Tuesday: 3:30PM to 6:30PM
- Wednesday: 3:30PM to 6:30PM
- Thursday: 9AM to 11AM and 1PM to 3PM
You can download the forms at:
The Fall Sports Meeting is a large informational meeting for parents of all athletes participating in fall sports at Kentlake. At least one parent of each volleyball player should attend the volleyball session. Players are welcome too, but their attendance is purely optional.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The booster group provides support to the coaches to help with activities that support the team so the coaches don't have to do everything. The coaches have enough to worry about without worrying about raising money, selling concessions, running the fall tournament, etc. Some of the activities the booster group helps with:
- Registering players and checking eligibility on the first day of tryouts
- Registering players for summer camp
- Selling concessions, doing the scorebook, doing lines, etc during games
- Providing "goody bags" and decorations on overnight trips
- Planning reservations, etc for overnight trips
- Organizing Senior Night activities
- Organizing the annual Kentlake trip to a UW Volleyball game
- Running the "4 on 4" tournament and other fundraisers
- Running the website and blog
But why should you get involved in the booster group? That is, hopefully, easy to figure out. Because you want your daughter's high school volleyball experience to be a good one and are willing to help out to see that happen.
It is easy to get involved with the booster group. We welcome any and all volunteers. We have things that need to be done from the very easy to the fairly complex. You can email us or talk to Tami Kyle at the Fall Sports Meeting, etc.
The latest reclassification occurred in 2006. Starting last year, the three Auburn schools now play in SPSL 3A and we not play them. Instead this is the second year of a "home and away round robin" schedule in SPSL 4A North (Kentlake, Kentwood, Kent Meridian, Kentridge, Tahoma, Federal Way, Decatur and Thomas Jefferson) where each team in the eight team league plays home and away with each of the other teams. However, Auburn Riverside was only 20 students below the cutoff last time and it is likely one or more of the Auburn schools will be 4A next year.
Varsity (and sometimes other teams) usually decides ahead of time what they will wear to school. This may be jerseys, dress, sweat, etc but the idea is to look like a team. If it is a home game they may put up signs encouraging everyone to attend the game. I understand our new ASB President (our own senior Amber Anderson) has some ideas on that.
One problem with the "C" and Freshman schedule is that they don't always play the same opponents as the JV/Varsity and sometimes will be away for a home Varsity game or home when Varsity is away. Of course, many of their matches are at 3:30 or 4pm so that means there is a large break between C/Freshman and JV/Varsity.
If the "C" or Freshman team have an away game (which may or may not be at the same location) they will have a bus (or buses if they are going to different schools) that will leave about 2:15. It will only be those teams and their coaches riding on the bus. The bus will take them back to Kentlake after the match. The JV/Varsity will travel seperately.
It is up to them, but the Varsity has been having a team dinner after school and before their matches, regardless of whether it is home or away. They all meet at one player's house and have a simple dinner for everyone. Spaghetti and garlic bread is popular. JV could certainly do the same thing.
The JV and Varsity ride the bus together if the game is at one of the Federal Way schools (TJ, Decatur and Federal Way, we don't play Todd Beamer). That has to arrive in time for the JV to warm up, so it leaves about 4:15pm. For away games at other schools, the players (or their parents) are responsible for getting there on time.
JV warms up starting about 5pm and plays at 6pm. Varsity may warm up in the back gym, or wait until after the JV game. They will (finish) warm up after the JV game and then play at least 20 minutes after the end of the JV game (but not before 7:15pm).
The JV team should plan on staying for at least the first game of the Varsity match but should stay for all of it if possible. Varsity will attend the JV match but may warm up during part of it.
We will have a very good selection of concessions at all home games. What is offered at other schools varies widely, but usually pales in comparison to home games.
If they took the bus to the game (all away games for Freshman/C and Federal Way for JV/Varsity) then they take the bus back to Kentlake and drive home or are picked up there.
Do not feel like you have to do Club Volleyball to excel in volleyball at Kentlake. However, you get better at volleyball by playing and Club volleyball is an excellent way to keep playing in the HS off-season. This last season Kentlake had 21 players from the 2006 Kentlake squad play Club volleyball. However, Club volleyball is not cheap. It can range from about $800/player for a limited season team that plays only local tournaments to more than $5000/player for a team seriously trying to qualify for the national Junior Olympic tournament.
There are some very good kneepads on the market and some not so good ones. What works best for a kneepad is a matter of personal taste and what fits well. Do not hesitate to ask one of the older players if you have any questions regarding kneepads, ankle braces, etc.
We provide uniforms to all players. That is the jersey (home and away) and spandex. We also provide one practice t-shirt for everyone and jackets and bags for the varsity. You can purchase additional practice t-shirts and will probably want to have extra spandex for practice.
You will have to provide kneepads, shoes, socks, etc. We encourage the use of ankle supports. There are several good brands including Active Ankles and ASO, but figuring out what works best for your player is up to you.
We will have t-shirts (for both players and family/friends) and sweatshirts (for players at least) available for sale after tryouts are over. The last two years the family t-shirts had the names of the players on all four teams on the back. This has proved to be very popular (and provides built-in obsolescence so parents buy the shirt every year
All SPSL schools charge for entrance for anyone that does not have an ASB card. The SPSL mandated charges are $5/adult, $3/student and $2/senior citizen and elementary students. For home matches you can avoid this charge by doing one of the many jobs that need to be done.
The meeting will probably be August 29th or 30th at 6pm, followed by the volleyball session at about 7:15pm. We will have exact dates and times very soon.
It is very important that at least one parent for each athlete attend the Fall Sports Meeting. We will discuss a lot of information and this is the only way to get it.
The Fall Sports Meeting is NOT the athletic registration that takes place next Monday and Tuesday (August 13th and 14th). That is done so everyone is all set to go before tryouts. The Fall Sports Meeting is more an informational meeting for parents (although players can attend if they want).
The Freshman and "C" team games can be at 3:30, 4:00 or even 6:00, depending on gym and referee availability. It is not uncommon for the Freshman and "C" matches to change times or even be canceled. Last year schools without Freshman teams showed up on the schedule, leading to inevitable cancellations. We will try to let everyone know about any schedule changes ASAP, so listen to what the coaches say and read the blog frequently for updates.
The Freshman and "C" schedules will be released in late August or early September after it is known how many squad each school will have.
We would prefer to run all of the non-Varsity matches at 6pm but we have to live with what the schedule dictates. In particular it can be very hard to schedule enough refs and running three matches simultaneously requires an extra ref.
People attending "C" and Freshman games do not have to pay to attend just those games unless they are in the same gym at the same time as the JV game. People attending the JV game do have to pay. That is a SPSL rule and we can't do anything about it. However, if you do a job that day for any match you get in free to the JV and Varsity matches.
Monday, August 6, 2007
It works best if Varsity parents help with the JV matches, JV parents help with the Varsity matches, and "C" and Freshman team parents help with their own matches. The "C" and Freshman team matches are run earlier in the day and do not involve refreshments and tickets, so they are much easier to run.
We need help with the following:
We need two people to sell concessions (handle the food, take money, give change, etc.) for the Varsity and JV matches.
We need one person to sell tickets for the Varsity and JV matches. This person must be a PTSA member.
We need one person to keep score and run the clock. This is done with the scoreboard for the JV and Varsity matches and usually with the manual "flip chart" for the "C" and Freshman team matches.
This is one of the more technical jobs as the method of keeping the scoresheet is a little complicated. However, it is nothing that cannot be picked up in 30 minutes. Come sit in and watch someone else do it once and you should be able to do it after that. Remember: 10 year olds do it in Club. The scorebook is kept for all four matches.
This is probably the easiest job. The libero tracker keeps track of when the Libero (the defensive player with the alternate colour jersey that subs in and out "on the fly") goes in and out of the game. Of course, this is only done for those teams that use the Libero, but that will be most matches. The libero tracker also assists the Scorekeeper with capturing all the substitutions. The libero tracker may also have to run the scoreboard sometimes for "C" and Freshman games depending on the number of volunteers available.
We need two lines people for each match. This is fairly easy for JV, "C" and Freshman and can be quite intimidating for Varsity (the speed of the game is much quicker). However, with some simple techniques it is not that hard.
We will have signup sheets at the Fall Sports Meeting and any other events. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your job preferences. We will have an online signup method soon.
So, the moral to this story is: don't miss practice if you want to play - even for a good excuse. JV gets two extra days, but Varsity has no "wiggle room". We have no way around the 10 days of practice rule unless we have extra days of practice (on Saturday, Sunday or Labor Day) for the entire team.
If you are injured and cannot take full part of practice then that day does not count. If you are injured for more days than you have practiced then the clock resets. So if you have three days of practice, then are injured and are out for four days, then it starts over again at zero and you have to have ten more days before you can play.
The Washington State 4A High School Volleyball Tournament will again be held in the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA on November 9th and 10th. Kentlake will qualify for State if we finish in the top six (out of 16) at the WCD #3 Tournament. We have a block of rooms reserved at the Kennewick Hilton Garden Inn (which is literally across the parking lot from the Toyota Center) for the nights of November 8th and 9th.
The exact times have not been determined but tryouts will probably be "two-a-days" from Monday until Wednesday or Thursday. Since Coach Behrens is a teacher at Kentlake, and there are some in-service activities for teachers during the two weeks before school starts, the schedule may vary some depending on her schedule. We will post the times as soon as they are available.
Incoming Freshmen must have a Sports Physical done after June 1, 2007. School physicals are valid for two years, so most incoming Juniors will also need a post-June 1, 2007 physical. There can be no exceptions made. No physical by August 20th means no tryout. You can download the Sports Physical Form from the the Kent School District website.
All players trying out will also need a signed Athletic Registration Form for the first day of tryouts. You can download that from the Kent School District website.
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