By Andrew Luberda
Copper Basin News
Girls’ Volleyball – The Bearcats girls’ volleyball team is off to a 2 – 1 start on the season. After two shutout victories against Salt River and San Manuel, the ‘Cats suffered their first loss to an experienced Valley Union squad, 3 – 1.
Head coach Rikki Galka said despite the loss she was pleased with the performance and potential of her team. Valley Union was a good measuring stick for her team and believes with more experience and hard work the Bearcats can compete with some of the best teams in the state.
“I like what I see,” Galka said about her team’s performance so far. “They’re hitting well but I still want to see more aggression.”
Just like any coach in any sport, Coach Galka wants to see improvements and she believes an area which needs to get better is serves. Sophomores Sara Duncklee and Stormee Galka are the top hitters on the team and provide good leadership. Juniors Sabrina Martinez and Sidney Chenoweth have performed extremely well according to Coach Galka. Seniors Maria Denny and Lucy Sainz provide experience for the younger players on the team.
Coach Galka credited assistant coaches Tanya Reidhead and Brad Richards for working with the girls and helping them improve. She said Coach Richards has been exceptional in teaching the girls, and her, the nuances of the game and really getting the best out of each player. “He’s really helped us go from an average team to an above average team,” she said.
Upcoming schedule: September 12, 2013, vs. Ft. Thomas @ Ray HS and Sept. 13, vs. Patagonia @ Ray HS. Game time is 5:00 p.m. for both games.
Football – The Bearcats’ football team is 2 – 0 on the season with an upcoming game versus Patagonia on September 13, 2013, at Ray High School. The ‘Cats, who were ranked tenth in Division VI according to The Arizona Republic’s preseason rankings, are currently ranked seventh. The Bearcats’ schedule looks to get tougher as the season progresses with remaining games versus top-ranked Pima Roughriders and eighth-ranked team Duncan Wildkats.