This Week in Rocket Varsity Sports:
Cross Country Football Soccer Volleyball

September 5th
@ Clearwater
4:30 pm

September 6th
@ Clearwater
7:00 pm
August 30th
@ Coffeyville
7:00 pm

August 31st
@ Wichita Southeast
8:00 am

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Volleyball Enters a New Era
by Koby Campbell
The Rocket volleyball team has been arguably the most successful volleyball program in the state for the past three years, winning two state championships in those three years. After losing four-year starter Gracie Van Driel to the University of Kansas along with four other senior starters, it will be interesting where the program goes from here. Even with some seniors departing, there are multiple players with varsity experience, and even state volleyball experience, in Haley Thrush and Aspen Goetz. “I believe we have what it takes to be successful in our league and the tournaments we play in,” said head coach Cherith Mock. “After losing most of our starting lineup with graduation last year, I know we will be learning and rebuilding throughout the season, but these girls have been around the highest level of volleyball around, so they know what they need to do to step up and be successful.” The Lady Rockets will open their season August 31st in the Wichita Southeast tournament.
Soccer Leaning On Experience
By Koby Campbell
The Rose Hill High School soccer team is coming off a 7-10 season last year and looking to improve greatly during this season. They lose only three seniors from last year; however, this year they only have one senior in All League goalkeeper Trystan Spiess. Even with only one senior on the team this year, there will be no lack of upperclassmen as they also have 17 juniors. “Last year we had too much inexperience and not a lot of size. Now we have a lot more experience and a lot more size to go along with that as well,” head coach Jerry Treat said. “We expect to be much better just based off skill level, because now also our kids are returning for their third year as starters.” With high expectations for themselves, they will be put to the test in their season opener on the road against Coffeyville on August 30th.
Cross Country Sets Goals High
By Koby Campbell
The Rocket cross country team is looking to have a successful season this year behind veteran coach Brandon Barger and lots of returning runners for both the boys and the girls. The boys have five returning runners who are all seniors and also seven new runners coming out. As well as performing, Coach Barger expects his seniors to help mold their culture into the young runners. The girls lost a couple runners this year due to injury; however, other than that the same squad from last year is intact and should be looking to do well throughout the season. Aubrie Thomison is the only runner coming off a state appearance last year along with a few others who attended state track. The program’s sights are set on a league championship this year as well as a team appearance in Wamego for state.
Football Expects Turnaround
By Koby Campbell
Head football coach Lee Weber is back for his second season as the Rose Hill High School football coach. After the first season not going as well as he wanted, he still has nothing but optimism for his football program. “Finishing 1-8 last year was obviously not where we wanted to be, but our players answered the bell and came to work this off season and this summer,” said Weber. There has also been lots of new players answer Weber’s call for more people to come out and play football this year. “I also am very encouraged by the number of guys flocking to our program this fall. We finished last year with 49 players and this coming year, we plan on having 67 players. That is an increase of 18 guys. Those higher numbers aren't just coming from our incoming freshmen, but we have had multiple upperclassmen answer the call to come back for football. That is really encouraging.” The Rockets will go on the road to Clearwater for the season opener on September 6th.