For some of you, Fall is your favorite season of the year because of all colors changing outside or being able to wear your favorite sweatshirts. On the other hand, athletes look forward to Fall to begin their first athletic season on good note. Either way most people enjoy Fall for the number of activities that are involved with the season making it one of the most beloved seasons of the year.
The boys’ varsity tennis team has something special this year starting off the season at 9-0. The first match of the season the Tigers handled Covenant Christian by defeating them 5-0. They kept rolling with two victories in a row against Pike and McCutchen 3-2. The team came ready to go again against Northwestern and Rossville beating them 5-0 again showing that they are a dominant team. Everyone feels that they have a great opportunity ahead going into the rest of the season.
“My favorite part about playing tennis is being able to play with my friends,” said Brayden Myers.
The girls’ varsity golf team’s first year with new head coach Mattie Wethington has started very well. They have met some of their goals already and improved very much. The Tigers have placed in most of their tournaments which is great especially at the beginning of a new season.
Junior Girls golfer Lauren Gascho said, “Improve more as the season moves on and work on putts as well as the mental aspect of golf.”
The boys’ and girls’ cross country are enjoying a great start to their season with a first and second place finish at the THSB invitational. Zachary West has been a standout since the beginning of the season but really showed his talent with a time of 17:02 in the most recent race. Murphy Adams has shown she is an amazing talent as well displaying a time of 19:20 in the invitational this weekend.
“My expectations are to make it to regionals and to achieve a personal record time. The only thing we need to work on is communication,” said senior runner Hunter Smith.
The boys’ soccer team seems to be ready at the start of the season because they tied with number one ranked: University High School. They have shown a lot of leadership with the number of seniors on the varsity team. It is easy to tell that they all trust each other with the way they communicate and play together.
“My absolute favorite part of playing soccer is getting those dubs,” said senior Ethan Neihart.
The girls’ varsity soccer team has had an up and down season so far displaying a 2-3 season. They have shown flashes of great things defeating Southmont and Crawfordsville then grabbing one win in the Lebanon Invitational.
“Our expectations on the rest of the season is to win our conference and win sectional title. I prepared for this season by playing club soccer in the offseason,” said Junior captain Jessica Lehmkuhler.
The varsity football team has had a tough start to the season facing two of the top teams in 4A and 6A. Most recently, the Tigers lost to Danville in a nail-biter 21-14 bringing their record to 0-3. Although the record shows negativity, Coach Smock has nothing but confidence for the Tigers as the season moves along.
Head coach Jeff Smock said, “It is simple we need to improve each and every week and with that comes learning how to execute key concepts. My favorite part about coaching football is building relationships with players and coaches.”
Lebanon cheerleading has taken on a new head coach this season, Mindy Spaulding. Lots of changes have gone through the program, but that will not get in the way of them preforming their best for Friday night lights.
Sophomore cheerleader Sydnie Stevenson said, “Personally my favorite part about cheerleading is being able to do stunts but I expect us to get better at tumbling throughout the rest of the season.”
The varsity volleyball team has had a great start to their season posting a 7-3 record in their first couple of weeks. They just have to focus on the little things and work on finishing matches.
Senior Gabby Brewer said, “Our expectation is to have a winning season, for us to do that we need to work on not giving up during matches.”
You can catch our football team at home this Friday for Homecoming against the North Montgomery chargers. The boys’ varsity tennis team is at home Thursday, September 12 versus Frankfort. The varsity volleyball team is also at home on Thursday against the Frankfort Hot dogs. The cross-country teams are at home September 19thfor the Tiger Invitational. Boys varsity soccer is at home September 17thagainst the Tri-West bruins. The girls’ varsity soccer team is at home next Thursday, September 12th against West Lafayette. Girls golf is back in action Saturday, September 14thfor the Sagamore conference tournament.
Show Tiger PRIDE by coming out to support all of your Fall sports teams throughout the entire season.
Written By: Garrett Harker