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Volleyball Girls Pump It Up This Season Against Opposing Schools

By Alexes Niekamp and Aubrey Thompson

The TCP Panthers are on the prowl. Volleyball season has officially started! Both Varsity and Junior Varsity are excited about this season and know that it is going to be a terrific one.

“This season, since we’re in a league this year, I would love to see us go to the tournament, and hopefully win. But [for the most part it’s] just to prove that we can be a contender, and to just have a good time [and] enjoy the team we’ve got this year,” said Becca Kepner, Captain of the Varsity volleyball team.

The game that opened the season up for both teams was against Trinity Christian at their school. Junior Varsity played first and walked on the court with confidence and strength. The TCP Panthers lost, but the girls had fun and learned new skills and techniques that they can work on during practice. Junior Varsity lost two games, but they gave all that they had and walked off the court with their heads held high. Varsity was there to support them and gave them encouraging words afterwards.

Varsity played after Junior Varsity and walked out on the court with self-assurance. During the game they worked together well on the court. They also played hard, but in the end came up short. They won 1 game and lost 3. Most of the Junior Varsity players were there afterwards to greet them and give them hugs. The games demonstrated much teamwork and that the girls on both Varsity and Junior Varsity can trust each other.

Tri-City was scheduled to play Prescott Valley High School on Thursday, September 15th, but the teams forfeited the game. The forfeit awarded TCP with the win.

On Monday, September 19th our Varsity team was scheduled to play Leupp from Flagstaff. Leupp ran slightly behind. Coach Wamsley mixed Junior Varsity and Varsity for the first match (best 3 out of 5). Tri-City won the first two games, Leupp won the third, and then Tri-City came back in it with another win, awarding TCP the match. Afterwards, Leupp played the Junior Varsity team. JV won two games right off the bat.

The next day, Tuesday, September 20th, the volleyball team played a match against American Heritage High School. Junior Varsity played first. They pulled ahead during the beginning of the first game, but American Heritage won the second game, making it a tie. However, the team pulled it together and won the third game.

Immediately afterwards, Varsity played American Heritage’s Varsity team. TCP won three out of five games, making them the winning team.

All in all, both teams gave their all and had a great opening season with a mixture of wins, losses and forfeits. This season will be a successful one for our lady panthers, and we hope to see all of you come out and support them. Remember ladies:  “Keep, Keep, Keep it up….Keep that panther spirit up!”

Upcoming Games-

Wednesday, Sept. 28th– T.C.P VS Copper Canyon- home gym- Varsity 4:00

Thursday, Sept. 29th– T.C.P. VS North Point- home gym- Varsity 4:00

Tuesday, Oct. 4th– T.C.P. VS Spring Ridge- home gym- JV 3:30, Varsity 4:30


Tri City Soccer Overwhelms Camp Verde High School 8-2

Sabrina Flick, Bryten Burch, and Tim Holbrook work together to clear the ball from the defensive line. Photo by: Sabrina Flick

By: Taylor Whittemore

The Panthers battled Camp Verde High School September 21 at our home field and came out victorious with a score of 8-2.

The game was filled with active participation of the athletes. Dillon Stowell, Dallas Meade, and Gavan Turner all scored goals. Stowell scored one, while Meade scored five, and Turner scored two.

The players were ecstatic about their game performance.

“We did great!” said Emily Beaman.

“We have had a really strong team this year, but we’re still learning to play together”, said a sophomore player.

The bystanders were also very impressed.

Allegra Bodine said that there was “a lot of good passing and talking” between players.

Coach Turner could barely contain his excitement. He was proud because they had played well together. He also felt that Tri City Prep’s early lead made it a better experience because everybody participated.

Coach Rudy also thought that it was a great game.“It went real well in the first half, and we gained quite an advantage, a good goal advantage,” he said.

But Coach Rudy had a different view about Tri City Prep’s “early lead”. “When we’re ahead by four goals, everyone wants to score, and we don’t play our game anymore. Everyone wants to pass, when instead, we should take advantage of the situation,” he said.

Kyra Worden, the soccer manager, mentioned that having the advantage on the home field gave the other team more competition. She also admitted that the game went better than she expected.

The soccer team has been practicing hard for almost a month. Coach Turner thought it was to the team’s advantage by making them stronger. The team practices everyday after school to 4:30 pm. Their workouts consist of warm ups, stretches, drills, and scrimmages.

The team’s hard work and struggles paid off as they kicked off a great start to the soccer season.

Cross Country Panthers- More Like Cheetahs

The Cross Country Team Building Their Endurance

by: Danielle Freeman

Tri City Prep’s latest sport is cross country. It was started by Alexis Lucas, better known as Lexi, who competed in cross country in middle school. She is currently the only girl on the team, but by the end of the year, they hope to make cross country just as popular as rowing.

What is cross country? Cross country is endurance racing off of a track. Competitions are called meets, and most often they are co-ed. How the team places in a meet is based on their total amount of points. Points count against you, and the team that has the least points wins.

Tri City’s cross country team is currently meeting from 3-4 pm, and run an average of 1-2 miles, but plan to build up to 3. The team manager, Caroline, is responsible for taking care of errands, as well as keeping track of times and statistics.

The coaches, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Ward, co-instruct the team. They are both firemen, and they have opposite shifts, which mean that at least one of them is always available for practices. Their method of coaching the team is by doing a mile, stop to rest and discuss what they can do better, and then do another mile differently.

There are many different styles of running in cross country. One style is called base running, which means you simply run flat for a distance. Another method is interval running, in which you push your body like you’re running up a hill, and then going back down several times. Hill sprints are just going as fast as possible up hills. “The reason that we do all three is because it conditions your body for endurance,” said Coach Lucas.

The Panthers have many goals for the year. Their primary goal for the year is to be successful not just in winning but personally. As a team, by the end of the year they hope to achieve a legitimate cross country team, compete with other schools, and eventually get recognized. As for meets, they hope to run all the way through without stopping, and be able to run the Whiskey Row 10k (6.5 miles).

“It’s really not competing but building up endurance to do your best,” said Lexi Lucas.

In order to improve their running, the coaches want to start doing drills, which increase their endurance and determination. They practice at many different places, and each place brings a new challenge. But in spite of these challenges, the team works together and builds up their stamina with each practice.

“I think that most runners are ready for meets,” said Coach Lucas.

The coaches are impressed with the team’s attitudes and manners towards the coaches and each other. At meets the team members that aren’t running will cheer for the members that are. Both of the coaches do their best to encourage their team to reach not only the team’s goals, but their own personal goals.

The team’s next meet is Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. at North Point Academy. Both the coaches and the team members think they will be ready. But as long as they strive to reach their goals, there is nothing that can stop them.

 “We’re just pacing ourselves and doing endurance,” said Lexi.

Required Concussion Training Not Such a Headache After All

The sign that athletes passed thier online test and are elligible to play their sport(s)

by: Jacob Holevar

With the initiation of the new school year, a flood of TCP students flocked to the sports sign up sheets for a chance to join in Tri City’s athletics. Tryouts are held, and students become part of a team, dedicating themselves to the sport. Then, arising from the fact that sports come with an inherent risk of danger, the school enacted a series of preemptive efforts to keep participating athletes safe.

Among these repeated actions are physicals and insurance forms, which have been employed by the school for many years. This season, Tri City enacted yet another protocol, which was the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) concussion training course that all athletes were required to take. As this training was new and unfamiliar to many of the school’s athletes, questions were asked as to why the concussion training was needed this year. When Mrs. Winters, the athletic director at TCP, was posed this question, she said that AIA required the training for all athletes in participating member schools.

The AIA concussion certification program was a simple process, beginning with a survey to test the participant’s knowledge when they began the course. This was followed by tutorials and information, presented by avatars such as “Daredevil Dan” and “Paranoid Pete”, laid out in a Facebook imitation format. These and other characters presented their facts by commenting on videos of athletes and their doctors discussing signs of concussions and information about how to proceed if someone exhibits symptoms of a concussion. The training concluded with another survey, testing the participant on any knowledge they might have gained from the program.

The instruction given by this course was very informative, and although it helps with concussion prevention and treatment, it left out an important particular, to not to let someone who has a concussion fall asleep. It was a quality course, and has the potential to be great, especially if the AIA continues to improve it over the upcoming years.

When a recent poll was taken amongst Tri City’s athletes, sixty-five percent of participants found it worthwhile. Of the soccer and volleyball players who turned in survey forms, one hundred percent found the training helpful, whereas only thirty percent of the school’s rowers found the information practical.

Among the athletes who did find it beneficial, the most prominent, positive comments were that the program was very informative, and that the format was “cool” and easy to use. However, general observations from the players who did not find it helpful included that they already knew the information presented, and that the format could be annoying.

For the people who did not find the AIA concussion program instructive, there is good news. Most likely, athletes will only have to complete the course only once in their high school years. For those who enjoyed refreshing their memory about concussions, the training continues to be free, and they can retake it as often as they’d like

Soccer Kills in Its First Game of the Season

Caden Burch, # 18, steals the ball from Verde Valley High School and prepares to kick it up the field to Gavan Turner, # 6, for an attack on goal

By: Sabrina Flick

Preseason excitement was running through each of the soccer player’s veins Thursday, September 15th, as they eagerly waited for their first soccer game to arrive. After practicing for just three weeks, the soccer team believed they were ready and prepared for their first game.

“I hope that we win the game by not just one person, but the whole team to play together so everyone plays a part. I also expect us to win, but that should be the thought of every game it seems like, but we will have to wait and see how good the team is,” said Dallas Meade.

“Its Verde Valley! They are always a great game! We usually come out on top, but we will have to see with our senior talent from both teams gone,” said Caden Burch

The soccer season had finally started. Verde Valley arrived, they were in position, and the game was ready to begin. With Gavan Turner and Dallas Meade kicking-off, the game had officially begun.

All the players, both Verde Valley and Tri City, were in the zone. Meade gave the Tri City Panthers a great start by scoring the first goal. Within the first half Tri City had scored four goals. Also during the first half, Trent Skousen, serving as the goalie, let nothing past him.

At the very beginning of the second half, Tri City was able to score once again. Verde Valley made the second half extremely interesting with an amazing score by their goalie. Although Verde Valley came out with a total of two scores, it wasn’t enough to overcome Tri City.

Like Meade predicted, the Tri City Panthers came out on top. Turner scored two goals, Meade scoring two goals, and Catie Hoekstra scoring one goal, leading their team to victory. The final score was 5 to 2.

With some overall feedback, Emily Beaman believes that, “We played well, but there’s definitely still things we need to improve on”.

“ Altogether we played a fabulous game, but we need to work on passing the ball to the outside,”added coach Jim Turner.