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Middle school sports wrap up


7th grade volleyball

Last week the 7th grade Comets volleyball team completed its season. They hosted West Branch Oct. 10.

The 7th grade "A" team took the floor first and won two tight sets, 21-18 and 21-19. Aly Jones served 8/9; Macy Akers 8/10; Kiara Hernandez 5/5; Skylar Wendt was 3 for 3. The"A" record is 7-0.

The "B" team split its match. It won 16-14 and then lost 13-15. Yessenia Rodriguez was 4/4 and Elizabeth Baca was 7 for 8. The "C" also split its match. It lost 13-15 and then won 15-4. Jocelyn Salinas was 6 for 7 at the service line.

The last match of the year pitted the Comets against unbeaten Durant. The Comets won the first game 21-15 before dropping the next 19-21. In the deciding game, the Comets won the slug fest 18-16 in an exciting back and forth.

Skylar Wendt made 13 out of 15 while Macy Akers was 12 for 14. The comets finished 8-0.

The "B" team saw the comets win twice by scores of 15-8 and 15-12. Denise Romero made all 14 of her serves.

The "C" team split their match in shortened games, 2-11 and 7-4. Alvam Quiroz was 4 for 5 in serving.

Coach Ken Ingalls retired coaching 7th grade volleyball after 30 years of coaching with a record of 288-25-2.

According to Ingalls, both he and Gene Nelson started the program in 1983 against the wishes of the athletic director, who thought it was just a picnic or backyard game. Since then the sport has really blossomed, West Liberty has been to the state tournament several times.

8th grade volleyball



The 8th Grade Comets finished the season with 'high fives' all around, teams A, B and C won every set against Durant.

The A team went 8-0 this season, ending with a perfect record. They scored a total of 336 points as compared to their collective opponents at 153 points.

The A team members include: Zoey Boehme, setter; Mariela Filerio, outside hitter; Emma Martin, right side/libero; Brianna Morales, outside hitter; Sihisla Puentes, middle hitter; Breanna Thurness, middle hitter; Emily Vance, right side/setter.

The B team had a good season, ending with a record of 5-2-1.

B team members include: Lauren Aird, right side/middle; Alia Galvan, middle/outside hitter; Brookelyn Harned, libero; Kameron McIntosh, middle hitter; Jackie McMichael, right side/outside; Yozelynda Rivera, outside hitter; Sarah Seele, outside/right side; Alyssa Snider, setter.

The C team finished 6-2, while the D team finished 4-4.

All the girls worked hard at improving their performance over the season. According to the coaches they were a lot of fun to work with and made them laugh everyday in practice.

The coaches were Gene Nelson, Trisha Hall and Aide Morales.

7th grade football

The West Liberty seventh grade football team defeated Iowa City Regina 50-8, bringing their perfect record to 4-0.

Derek Sparks, Austin Beaver, Cobain Polman, Coy Ruess and Seth Feldman all contributed to putting points on the board.

Coach Curt Diemer was pleased with the performance of both the offensive and defensive lines. The Comets will finish their season with road games against Durant and Wilton.

8th grade football

The 8th grade Comet football team suffered its first loss of the season, 70-22, at the hands of Regina Oct. 8.

The Regals opened up the scoring, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown.  Shortly after, Comet running back Joe Kelly did the same. Bryce Esmoil converted the PAT for two, tying the scoring at 8-8.

Regina changed the game by using five onside kicks to its advantage. Recovering four out of the five kicks, the Regals had prime field position to score each time.

However, the Comets did score two more times, one on a run by Kelly and the other on a pass from Bryce Esmoil to Kelly. Esmoil converted one of the PATs.

Playing well on defense was Michael Hartman, Elias Rocha, Tatum Koenig, Jackson Gingerich, Justis Dengler, and JJ Van Dusen. The Comets will travel to Wilton on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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