"it takes time to create excellence.
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more people would do it."
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more people would do it."
Coach Mika's girls continued their magical run with strong showings at both the Founder's Classic Meet and the Regional Championships. Audrey Harris has now medaled at every event, as both she and Vicky Torres finished in the Top 10 at Regionals. This propelled the team to a 2nd place finish overall, earning the entire crew a trip to the State Finals this weekend.
Coaches Walker and Tang officially closed out a perfect regular season with wins over Renaissance Academy (41-14) and Harmony Excellence (44-12) last week. Willie Miller took home Athlete of the Week honors after racking up 6 total TDs in those games. The boys are hoping to get ready for the sub-regional tournament with a scrimmage against the Headwaters high school team next week.
Coaches Heim, Friesen and Jefferson finished regular season play with a combined 16-2 record across the Varsity, JV, and C teams. Varsity wrapped up a #2 seed in their division with a 6-2 overall record after beating Harmony Political Science (25-15, 25-6) and then KIPP twice (including 25-2, 25-12 last night). The girls celebrated with a trip to the UT match over the weekend (see image below).
JV finished a perfect 8-0 and wrapped up the #1 seed for their division with victories over Magnolia Montessori (25-3, 25-13), Harmony Political Science (25-15, 25-14) and Cedars International (25-6, 25-15). And let's not forget our C team, which finished undefeated as well after beating Cedars last night as well.
Here's to hoping our JV and Varsity teams meet up in the finals of sub-regionals for the chance to battle San Antonio in the regional finals.
Our coaches are grateful to the Booster Club for providing breakfast tacos this morning. We've loved the little gifts throughout the week from parents of student-athletes and are excited for Spirit Night tomorrow. That action-packed evening will benefit our sports programs and is open to the entire school.
Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being our first ever "4S" jacket recipients (4 volleyball, 2 football, 1 cross country). These young leaders averaged a 4.8 (out of 5) on recent character reports submitted by teachers. They embody our athletic department's focus on Service, Skill, Sportsmanship, and Strength and will be tasked with serving as role models on campus throughout the year.
Jackets were distributed in front of the entire middle school student population at our weekly Wolf Gathering. We look forward to seeing who will be the next leader to emerge on campus to earn this prestigious recognition.
Congratulations Nya Mackey, Jazlyn Figueroa, Jay'Nia Littles, Madelyne Nassi, Cayman Didier, Kasey Kopetic, and Maryssa Burlison. A few of the words your teachers used to describe you include: "excellent student leader in class", "model student", "respectful", "hard working", and "naturally positive".
Willie Miller stuffed the stat sheet last week in a 41-14 victory over Renaissance Academy. He had 4 total touchdowns (2 receiving, 1 rushing, 1 defensive) in addition to 2 interceptions and a critical 2 point conversion rush. He tacked on 2 more TDs against Harmony Excellence on Thursday.
Victoria Torres dropped a head-turning 3 minutes at the Founder's Classic meet on October 7th. She followed that up by winning a medal at the Regional Meet for placing in the Top 10 overall. Her performance helped lift the team to a 2nd place overall finish, earning the girls a trip to the State Championships this weekend.
Lizzie Jackson has demonstrated an exemplary attitude all season and has gone above and beyond to improve her game. She regularly attends additional training offered by our volleyball coaches and is a positive influence on her teammates. Lizzie's leadership by example helped carry the varsity girls to a 2nd place finish in district.
Monday (10/16): Chick-Fil-A Night
This is the only night all season when C, JV, and Varsity volleyball all play consecutive home matches, starting at 5pm. Jubilee families can visit Chick-Fil-A between 4:30pm and 7:30pm to help the program raise money. A portion of all proceeds will benefit our teams.
Tuesday (10/17): Coaches Breakfast / Taco Tuesday
We are seeking volunteers to either cook or purchase a bag of breakfast tacos for our coaches and athletes. We'd love for parents to help us distribute this treat in the morning.
Wednesday (10/18): Spirit Night
Our athletics department will be hosting a jam-packed night of events open to ALL Jubilee families (see schedule below). Activities will begin immediately following the JV v C team volleyball match and will include a movie, players v coaches challenge, and Ms. Nesseth's advanced music ensembles.
Thursday (10/19): Coaches Lunch
Similar to Tuesday, we are seeking donations to provide lunch for our coaching staff, key faculty supporters, and all student athletes that have earned a "4S" jacket. Parents providing food are more than welcome to celebrate over lunch with us.
Friday (10/20): Cards for Coaches
We'll end the week by encouraging student-athletes (and really every student) to bring a card or hand-written letter to their favorite AC coaches.
Audrey Harris has medaled in all 3 meets so far this season, including a 12th place finish at the Founders Classic this weekend and dropping 16 seconds at the meet prior.
Ashley Ortega demonstrated major improvement with her serving, rattling off 14 serves in a row against Magnolia Montessori.
Dominic Bennett had 2 interceptions and scored both an offensive and defensive touchdown in varsity's game against Wayside.
Our programs are now a combined 15-2 after another excellent week.
The football team held opponents scoreless for 7 straight quarters in their victories over IDEA Rundberg (47-0) and East Austin College Prep (55-6). In the East Austin game, Willie Miller was unstoppable with a rushing TD, 2 receiving TDs, 2 interceptions, and a defensive TD.
Our C volleyball team beat IDEA Rundberg 25-16 and 25-18 on Wednesday night, shortly after JV beat the same team 25-13 and 25-10. It was cool to see the C team working on their Concentration Grids (pictured below) during the JV match to get locked in. That's a best practice we borrowed from the Dripping Springs high school staff that has been to state an impressive 19 straight years.
Varsity was convincing against Meridian Grey on Monday night (26-16, 25-22) before losing a heartbreaker to Meridian Red on the road (11-25, 20-25). They battled back in the 2nd set to nearly force a 3rd, and the girls are already eager for a rematch in the sub-regional tournament.
Cross country's Audrey Harris brought home her 3rd medal of the season at the Founder's Classic. She'll be one of 9 student-athletes competing at the regional meet this weekend in hopes of earning a spot in the state finals.
Jubilee Sports ATX is now a combined 10-1 across all programs after another strong week. The following is a summary of weekly successes for each team.
Varsity football stayed perfect on the season, improving to 4-0 with another strong showing. The boys won 33-18 against beloved former Jubilee coaches who were kind enough to bring their Wayside Ravens for a friendly last Monday. The next day, our team was excited to romp in the rain against Austin Classical, but our opponent unfortunately forfeited. We've already scheduled a scrimmage with Renaissance Academy next week to make up those reps before playoffs. In the mean time, the team will be tested with home games this week against IDEA Rundberg (WED 10/4) and then East Austin College Prep (FRI 10/6). Check out the team rocking their gameday attire and several starters literally rocking Mrs. Nesseth's music classic in the pictures below.
Varsity volleyball moved to 2-1 with a decisive 25-4 / 25-6 victory over Magnolia Montessori. They'll be looking for revenge in a tough road match against Meridian Red on WED 10/4. Junior Varsity is now 4-0 after also beating Magnolia 25-5 / 25-11. They'll host IDEA Rundberg on WED 10/4 immediately following the football game. Even though students were enjoying a holiday last Monday, Coach Heim kept the girls sharp by proactively coordinating a sand volleyball event at the Domain, showcasing the commitment to student-athletes that sets our programs apart.
Coach Singleton's crew built on their success at the Lometa High School meet with another impressive showing in Lago Vista this weekend - their first sporting our awesome new uniforms. Audrey Harris brought home her 2nd medal of the season and was joined on the podium this time by Vicky Torres and Jenny Torres Lopez. The custom trail course put together for this team is clearly paying off and we are excited to see what the team does on SAT 10/7 at the Founders Classic Meet, which is the team's last tuneup before Regionals.