This year, the Lady Crusader varsity basketball coaches had to made some tough decisions. Due to the amount of players participating in the varsity program, ninth graders Elissa Hucks and Ivy Codington graciously moved down to join the middle school students and formed a JV team.
The difference in the schedules of the high schoolers and the middle schoolers resulted in a change to the practice schedule. Instead of practicing 2:15 to 3:30 as they typically do, this year the team will practice from 3:30 to 5:00. We all wish the JV girls luck as they will begin their season in the following weeks.
On Thursday, October 4, the Crusaders proudly hosted what we assume is our first ever home race. It was held at the Laurens County Park, who generously cut and marked the path themselves. Coach Onika Kerber felt it was important to make a good first impression and made sure the race was a quality one. The team spent several days cleaning the course and preparing it (and themselves) for the race.
The race was a grand one for the Crusader girls, who beat the Raiders in an epic showdown. The course was challenging, and many runners came in much slower than they had expected. Blair Quarles came in with a twenty-five. Ruthie Moore followed close behind with a twenty-six. Audrey Noffs came in with a twenty-seven and Julia Kerber ran a twenty-nine. Penelope Kerber had a thirty, and Ivy Codington carried a thirty-one. Lindsey Burroughs followed with a forty. The boys fared amazingly for their ages. Andrew Codington came in with a twenty-six. Blake Quarles and Caleb Howard boasted amazing runs. Blake claimed a twenty-seven and Caleb stole a twenty-nine. Garrett Murphy took a thirty-one and Devin Sampson ran a thirty-three. Noah Manning came in with a thirty-nine. Both teams raced exceptionally well for such a hard course.
On Tuesday, September 18, the Crusader cross country team embarked on their most difficult race yet. The race was hosted by Laurens High and took place at a park in the Lake Rabon area. Featuring hills and a windy dam, it was a difficult feat. Blair Quarles once again stole first place with an amazing run of 24:13. Audrey Noffs followed close behind with a 26:17. Julia Kerber also had a stunning run with a 27:40. Ivy Codington followed with 30:28, then came Penelope Kerber with 32:18. Lindsey Burrows had a phenomenal run as well, a 37;10. Jonas Smith carried the boys with exceptional results, 22:39. The middle school boys did amazingly, running together at an incredible pace, all under a 31 minute. The girls’ team once again took first from bigger schools, continuing an amazing season for such a small school. The Crusaders are excited with their season and hope to continue with their results.
On September fourth the Crusaders took off once again in another race to the finish this cross country season. This time it was set in Abbeville, with clouds threatening the blue sky. Due to the rougher terrain than the previous race (the Eye Opener), the Crusaders had slightly slower times, yet even better placings. Blair Quarles came in a tight first with a time of 24:19. Audrey Noff followed close behind with a 26:16. Julia Kerber came in at 27:50. Ivy Codington came in a with a diving finish at 30:11. Penelope Kerber followed with 30:49. Lindsey Burroughs sprinted in with 41:40. The girls team had a total score of 32 and missed first place by 5 points. Jonas Smith did a stunning job, only missing his best time by 36 seconds; stunning due to the fact that his running partner, Andrew Covington, was absent due to illness. The younger boys did amazingly, all coming in before 37 minutes. The Crusaders will continue to run with passion for the rest of the season.