Meridian’s FIRST EVER Boy’s Flag Football Seasonby Coach Jason Watabe
This Fall Meridian School ventured into new territory by creating our first competitive flag football team. In the beginning of the season the boys were unsure about the sport and were uncertain what to expect from the competition. Many of our international students had never seen an American football before and were curious to learn how to play this game with the oddly shaped ball. Our first two games resulted in our team being on the losing end of two “blow-outs,” but with their hopes unshaken they continued to come to practice and improve their skills. Throughout the season a spirit of camaraderie built as friendships were created among the new student body. The boys came together as a true team and as a true team, they began winning games. We were even able to avenge some of our pre-season losses. One mentionable victory came against then undefeated Heritage School. We were viewed as heavy underdogs having only a 1-4 record at the time. The boys played their hearts outs and earned the respect of opponents. It’s nice that we were able to taste success on the field, but I feel the greatest thing to come from this season is the brotherhood and unity that was created off the field.
Congratulations to our first ever flag football team; Caleb Allen, Marc Cervera, Bobby Chen, VIncent Dietz, Michael Duckworth, Joshua Estrada, David Hennessey, Trevor Hoffman, David Jimenez, Jeonghoon Kang, Mike Lee, Christian Minton, Sean Rostrom, and Kade Young.
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Girls Volleyball 2011by Coach Travis Madsen
The Meridian Girls Volleyball team began the season as the youngest and possibly the most in-experienced team in the league. Only one player had previously participated in organized volleyball before this year. With only one week of practice our team won three out of four matches at the pre-season Utah Schools Sports Association (USSA) jamboree. They continued their winning ways well into the season as they worked their way to the top
seed in the State tournament. The team won their way through four long matches of competition to the State Championship match against the tournament host school DaVinci. Our little Meridian team fought hard for every point but came up just short in a very close match. It was amazing to see the constant improvement that came through hard work, determination and commitment of girl on the team. We can be proud of the way our team represented Meridian school and their families with their sportsmanship and success. Congratulations on 2nd place at STATE!!
Congratulations to Meridian Girls’ Volleyball team! Anna Arts, Liza Allen, Madison Barksdale, Nikki Filippelli, Krissy Langley, Emma Lynn, Sijing (Charlotte) Lu, Erin McCaig, Sophie Scharffs, Lizzy Slade, Judy Son, Maria Spethmann, and Autumn Wahl