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more people would do it."
Our girls JV volleyball team made history over the weekend by winning the TCSAAL Regional Championship. The Lady Wolves beat KIPP San Antonio 2 sets to 1 in an epic battle played in Wimberley. That was just the first set our girls had lost the entire season, after romping to the Divisional Championship and capping an impressive Subregional Tournament Championship with a sweep of defending champion Meridian World School.
Despite many of our top middle school players actually making the JV high school team, our middle school premier team still advanced to the subregional tournament and managed to bring home hardware. That team wildly exceeded expectations this season and should be very proud of turning heads with a young team destined for great things in future seasons.
Last year's women's basketball and soccer programs had set the previous school record by becoming Subregional Champions - eventually losing to the San Antonio representative in the regional finals. The JV girls weren't going to be denied on their quest to best that mark. It's unfortunate that there is no State Finals for the JV level, otherwise it's highly likely these ladies would've brought home the first State Championship in any sport.
Congratulations to Coach Guthrie and Coach Ragaisis for an unbelievable season!
Once again the JWB football team is peaking just in time for tournament play. The Wolf Pack is riding a three game winning streak into the playoffs after blanking KIPP Austin Vista 19-0 on Friday night at home - avenging a loss in the season opener. Both teams showed why they are playoff threats, demonstrating true grit as they battled in heavy rain and standing water.
Congratulations to team for finishing as division runner-ups after beating rival Founders Classical in another game that was responding to a previous setback. The boys will face IDEA Kyle in the subregional quarterfinals this week. They'll most likely have a chance to settle the score with KIPP Austin Vista AND Founders Classical if the top seeds all take care of business.
We wish the team good luck as they pursue a berth in the regional championships which alluded them last year in the heartbreaking subregional finals match.
Hats off to Ms. Riley and the leadership team for their excellent ideas for creating the best game day environment in all of charter sports. Our new game day signs arrived this week and both campuses are already buzzing. Look for these banners on important match days so you can remember to support the Wolf Nation. You'll also want to be on the lookout for the 2' x 3' canvases that we ordered to recognize our various teams. Those should be arriving any day and will hung in the secondary campus lobby.
The JV and middle school girls volleyball teams wrapped up another great week with a sweep of Harmony Endeavor on the road Friday night.
The middle school team has now won 2 straight matches and moved into 2nd place in the division. The conclude the regular season with a rematch against division-leading Meridian on 10/26. Both schools have already secured a spot in the sub-regional playoffs and appear to be on a collision course in the playoffs.
The JV girls are now a perfect 8-0 and atop their division despite over half the team competing 2-3 years up. Many middle schoolers are making substantial contributions against high school competition. JV will play at home against IDEA Rundberg on 10/24 before playoffs begin the following week.
Congratulations to our cross country team for a great Regional Meet this weekend. The boys had a strong performance and the girls finished 3rd overall as a team. The ladies earned a spot in the State Finals this weekend.
Coach Rodriguez and the team had great showings at JWB's first ever dual meets leading up to regionals. We were proud to host Harmony and Deerpark on the Wells Branch trails, on which we put together a beautiful but challenging course for the runners.
These dual meets elevated our XC program yet again, offering a complete season to these amazing student-athletes. We are excited to host even more dual meets in the coming years thanks to the positive feedback we received this season.
Good luck at State ladies!
We are excited to announce that the scoreboard at the lower gym is now operational again. We've also recently restored the volleyball systems and are working to retrofit the net winches to make that equipment more functional.
The lower gym is a valuable asset for our athletics department, empowering us to serve as many students as possible. The added flexibility for our high successful volleyball and basketball programs unlocks some exciting opportunities moving forward.
With some aggressive fundraising initiatives and additional support from the community, we could even add portable basketball goals that would really take that gym to the next level. Please let us know if you have interest in helping spearhead those efforts.
We are pleased to announce that this Thursday will be a special practice session led by Coach Nika Borge and her staff from EuroWay Sports.
This will be held during normal practice time and is an OPEN session to parents. As the school's preferred volleyball partner, Coach Nika is also providing a 10% discount exclusively for JWB players for the "Euro Prep" club training outlined below.
Congratulations to these amazing student-athletes for making the following fall sports teams. Cross Country rosters will be announced in our next newsletter.
We are proud of the MS and JV volleyball teams for sweeping Cedars International in our opening matches on Friday night. The cheer squad had the gymnasium rocking as neither Lady Wolves team dropped a set and many elite underclassmen proved they can hang with high school teams.
The flag football team lost a heart-breaker 14-20 to KIPP Austin Vista. An unfortunate pick six as our Wolves were knocking on the goal line - about to take a commanding lead - turned out to be the difference. Fortunately this was a non-division matchup and the team still has everything to play for this season.
All teams have a busy week ahead, as we are hosting the following matches on the JWB campus in the coming days...
Flag Football v IDEA Rundberg @ 5:30pm
MS Volleyball v Meridian (Gray) @ 5:30pm
Flag Football v Harmony Science Academy @ 5:30pm
MS Volleyball v Harmony School of Excellence @ 5:30pm
JV Volleyball v Harmony School of Excellence @ 6:30pm
We hope to see everyone at these games supporting our student-athletes.
Thanks and Go Wolves!!!
JWB Athletics is thrilled to be kicking off the 2018-2019 cycle after taking our programs to record heights last year. Tryouts are complete, rosters have been announced, and every Wolf Pack team has their opening match THIS FRIDAY (9/21).
MS and JV volleyball start at HOME against Cedars International with matches at 5:30 and 6:30pm respectively. The MS flag football will be AWAY at KIPP for a 5pm kickoff. The school’s first ever cheer squad will be in full force at all home matches this year. They need your help to pack the house and get loud in support of our teams on Friday.
Big howl out to the 100+ students who tried out for the various fall sports teams. With 28 members of the volleyball team, 17 football players and team managers, over 20 cheerleaders + literally hundreds of students anticipated in the crowd - more JWB students than ever will have an enriched experience because of our programs.
This is thanks in large part to the following selfless coaches, who do so much to make athletics a reality. Please be sure to thank these awesome leaders when you see them around campus.
Please remember that cross country time trials (i.e. tryouts) are Tuesday through Thursday THIS WEEK from 3:30-5:00pm on the upper campus. We are hopeful that all student athletes meeting the general requirements will have a spot on the team. Athletes are absolutely encouraged to participate in multiple sports assuming they work hard to remain academically eligible and are granted approval by their primary coach.
We can’t wait to see all these teams build on the success of our 2017-2018 women’s basketball and soccer programs. Each produced undefeated regular seasons and advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in our school’s history. Likewise, our cross country team made the state finals and saw several runners place.
Finally, huge kudos to the Jackson family and all the parents who volunteered to help with pictures and uniform distribution last night. Teams look sharp in their sweet gear and we can’t wait to see the epic photos Suzy and Anthony captured.
Thanks and Go Wolves!
PS - If you have a child participating in fall athletics, please don’t forget to check your volunteer assignments in TeamSnap. We are hoping for 100% adherence so as to avoid charging families a volunteer opt-out fee.
Students interested in cross country should attend time trials next Tuesday through Thursday on the upper campus. Coach Rodriguez will be leading the program this year. We are hopeful any student meeting the basic academic and fitness requirements will make the team, as every runner can make a major impact at meets.