by Alyssa Smith
The girls basketball team celebrated the seniors last week as they played APA Draper at home.
“Seniors: this is your last home game,” said Coach Troy Gifford. “So play your hearts out.”
This year’s team consisted of four seniors – Destiny Dipo, Megan Nelson, Kylee Berry, and Livia Chatwin – and two foreign exchange students – Sofie Larsen and Aom Kayhasai. Some of them have decided to take up basketball this year and have learned a lot in the process. Destiny Dipo has been playing high school basketball at Rockwell since 9th grade.
“Obviously the team changes every year,” Dipo said. “We just keep getting better and better.”
The team will miss having these seniors and exchange students next year.
“I wish I could come back and play next year,” said Aom Kayhasai, an exchange student from Thailand. “I love these girls so much.”
The girls on both JV and Varsity put everything into that game and came out with a win. The varsity score was 48-30.
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Both girls Varsity and JV teams defeated the Utah Military Academy Monday.
Varsity won 55-20. They came onto the court well prepared and ready to win.
The team is mostly made up of new girls this year but, as the team showed against UMA, they know what it takes to be a good team.
“It was a really great game,” said sophomore Brie Searle. “We worked as a team. We had really good team effort and we all worked with each other.”
The JV team won 42-7, and they were also up for the challenge of winning. Although this group of girls just started playing together, they are prepared to win and their season looks promising.
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The junior high boys and girls basketball teams took their first wins of the season against Ascent Lehi Monday night.
Both teams have great team chemistry and stayed positive throughout the game.
“I feel like our team worked really hard and deserved the win,” said boys point guard Tyler Smith.
The boys are continuing to improve as the season goes on, and now is their chance to start a winning streak.
The junior high girls also crushed Acsent 45-27 Monday night. They started out and finished the game strong. They knew their plays and were prepared to win.
The girls showed their dedication throughout the game. As the other team started gaining points, they stepped up their game and played harder than the other team. The girls have fun while playing and work great as a team.
They work hard and are ready for a great season.
Student government hosted an assembly Thursday afternoon encouraging students, teachers, and faculty, to participate in this year’s Change Wars event.
“This is the kickoff for a fun service challenge for the whole school including us as faculty and staff members,” said principal Darren Beck. “Over the 9 years we have done this, we have provided meaningful holiday cheer to about 2 dozen families.”
Change Wars is a competition taking place from now through December. Jars
representing each grade can be found in the front office. Students may place pennies in their own grade’s jar to earn points, or they can choose to “bomb” other grades with dollar bills, deducting points from the “bombed” grade’s score.
At the conclusion of the bombing period, all money will be counted and points will be calculated based on how many pennies and how many other coins/dollar bills are in the jars. The winning grade will receive a pizza party during Mentoring.
“Hopefully we will get people motivated so we can do some good this year,” said Beck.
Holiday Night Live performs skit at Change Wars Assembly.
The assembly featured the high school orchestra as they performed the Star Spangled Banner. The high school girls and boys basketball teams, the junior high girls and boys basketball teams, the indoor soccer team, and the cast and crew of Holiday Night Live were also featured.
Ultimately, the assembly was filled with energy. Marshals felt the excitement of the coming basketball season, which starts December 1 with the Homecoming game, followed by the Homecoming dance the next day. Tickets are $15 per single ticket or $25 per couple.
Rockwell’s volleyball team played a tough match against Waterford at home Thursday. Despite their strong start to each match, both the JV and Varsity Lady Marshals went home without a win.
“There is definitely lots of improvement,” said varsity coach Jason. “Things have definitely gotten a lot better since the start of the season.”
Both JV and Varsity girls worked together throughout the games.
“I love the excitement and bonding we have as a team,” said freshman Sophie Jaimes. “I think it helps us work together.”
The Lady Marshals are excited to play this season and are looking forward to the joys that come with playing the game.
“I love the thrill of the game and the feeling of hitting the ball,” said sophomore Cassandra Nelson. “It’s rewarding every time.”
Coach Jason is a new coach this year and is excited to coach because of his passion for the game.
“I started playing 20 years ago as outside hitter,” Jason said. “I love volleyball and can’t wait to see what we can do here at Rockwell.”