Marco Island Charter Middle School volleyball and cross country teams were in action over the weekend.
David Johnson, girls volleyball coach
North Naples Middle School was a very, very good team.
We won the first game, 25-17, lost the second, 25-23 and came back to win the third, 15-13.
We really took it to them. The girls played the best match of any team I have ever coached. Both seventh and eighth graders stepped up.
Earlier in the week we weren’t prepared and we lost to Seacrest in three games. I think they learned that no team is a push over. We showed Naples Middle that we were no pushovers.
Frankie Archaki was unbelievable in digging balls out. They had girls who could spike like high school players. She was consistently digging out missiles, one after another.
Brianna Anguillano and Cassidy Penzo were outstanding on offense and Annie Rosenblum set the ball real well for our kills. Samantha Howard was out sick and seventh grader Christy Thorstenson did a fine job.
Our next match is at home against St. Anne. The varsity game is at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, after the JV game. We play at Pine Ridge Middle School on Saturday.
Allan Pernas, boys soccer coach
The MICMS boys volleyball team lost to North Naples on Saturday, 25-19, 25-15, while winning the third game, 7-15.
The boys played well. They ran into a tough serving team in North Naples. I was proud of the effort and the team is showing a lot of improvement from game to game.
Roger Raymond, cross country coach
The girls finished third of 11 teams, behind Oak Ridge and Gulfview.
It was a very competitive meet and the girls ran well, even with some sickness. Morgan Dulski finished fifth and Christy Thorstenson was sixth.
The next five finishers for us were: Amanda Marinaro, 28th, Ashley Schneller, 36th, Savannah Rose, 37th, Kristina Temkiewicz, 49th, and Sierra Rose, 50th. There were about 120 racers.
The boys finished sixth of 11 teams and were missing a top four runner, which probably would have resulted in a top three finish for the team had he run.
Stefan Langebeeke finished ninth for the Eagles. The next six Eagles across the line were Tanner Fulcher 21st, Santiago Ospina 25th, Jose Martinez 38th, Wesley Lancaster 85th, Will Bott 94th, and Jared Jackson 112th.
Our teams had several sick members and performed very well against some great runners. I think we will do very well in the conference meets coming up at the end of the month. Avery Beauchamp, who suffered a dog bite last race, ran his best race of the year and the team is very proud of his effort.
All in all it was a very successful day.
Tony Smith, soccer coach
Monday the Marco Eagles had a match and met their match at First Baptist School of Naples. The Lions brought their A game to the home turf to blank the Marco Eagles 4-0. Despite the Eagles having key players out due to illness, the Lions played brilliantly and outpaced the Eagles for the entire game. The Lions coaches’ sons Antonio Rodreguiz and Hezron Edwards each scored two goals.