It’s been about 6 months since all athletic activities at Friendship had to come to a complete stop. There was disappointment, but the time away only made it that much more exciting to slowly start things back up this year! This fall we’re excited about our 7 teams. They are listed below:
- Varsity boys soccer
- Varsity girls volleyball
- JV girls volleyball
- Middle school boys soccer
- Middle school girls volleyball
- Boys cross country
- Girls cross country
Coach Nelson shared some of his excitement about recent varsity soccer highlights. “After starting the season 0-2, the Falcons have won 3 straight including an exciting game against Thales of Apex. With about 12 minutes left in the game, Thales tied the game at 2-2. With just under 2 minutes left in the match, CJ Brinson was fouled at the top of the box. Conner Nelson scored the ensuring free-kick to give the Falcons an exciting 3-2 victory. Throughout the game, Bert Rudolph made several quality saves to preserve the win.”
He said some of his early season leaders are Connor Nelson, scoring 6 goals, Dylan Tahtinen with 2 goals, Micah Soemer, Jeremiah McClain, and Seth Thompson playing well on the defensive end, and Bert Rudolph having a solid year in the net as goal keeper.
The varsity boys returned only 4 full-time players from last year so there is a lot of room for growth. They are blending 7 seniors, 2 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 3 freshmen together. Players from all four grade levels are earning playing time and contributing in the games. Nelson said, “I feel we are ahead of last year’s team, but we need to see more commitment to improvement in order to compete with the top teams in the area. After 5 straight away games to open the season, we are greatly looking forward to playing some home games soon!”
The varsity girls volleyball team is 3-1 so far this season, and all those games are conference matches! They have four returning seniors (Mae Chamoff, Rylie Loy, Teja Harrison, and Victoria Willis). Coach Brondyke shared the team’s theme for this season. It comes from Ecclesiastes 3. “This season brings lots of change and uncertainty, but we are striving to have joy, do good, and make the most of it! (v12)”
Brondyke said that with lots of returning players and much more experience, expectations are high for this season. The team is excited about the new conference and new rivalries.
Coach Soemer with cross country said, “The team is looking to improve on last year’s performances. We have one of our strongest teams in recent years.” Just this week, the girls took second place in their meet, and boys took third. Daniel Morrow came in first overall for the boys and Halla Ishak came in third for the girls!
We are excited about the return of athletics, and we can’t wait to see how our teams do this season! Remember to tune into home games through livestream on our YouTube channel, Friendship Live Events.