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

Soap Scrimmage
August 28th
6:30 pm

Soap Scrimmage
August 28th
5:00 pm
Soap Scrimmage
August 28th
4:30 pm
Soap Scrimmage
August 28th
6:15 pm

Soccer

Hungry for the Championship
The soccer team may have lost five seniors who played at state last year, but there will be no recovery this season. The Rose Hill soccer program has had its fair share of disappointing ends to great seasons including the loss in the championship game last year, which was only their 2nd loss to a 4A team in their 15-4-2 season. This group of players has been playing with each other since elementary school, and knows what their teammates next move is on the field. They all know it is their year to shine. They all believe this is finally the year the Rose Hill soccer team wins the state championship match it has been pursuing for so many decades. The team has worked hard not only this summer, but for years and years putting in extra time during the offseason. With four State Runner-up finishes since 2005, the soccer team is working hard towards finally bringing home that elusive state championship in 2014.

Football Looking to Contend
After spending much of the past decade as a state contender, including winning the 2011 state championship, the last two football seasons have been a little tough for the Rockets. Last year’s team had a tough start to the season, but ended strong with some wins and some very close losses, including their 12-14 loss to Winfield in the bi-district playoff. The Rocket football team will be led by captains Paco Gloria, Drew Rodman, Ray Boese, and Brody Hingst this year. Many of Rose Hill’s starters last year were young and are returning this year. Five returners this year received league honors, with two of those players receiving state honors as well. The team lost some good players due to graduation but the current group of players expect to reload and be even better. Expect the football team this year to be very close and have a bond that will give them a fighting chance in any game. The Rockets built resilience last year to never give up when down, and with more talent this year can use that resilience to compete with any team in their way.

Football

Volleyball

Keeping the Tradition Strong
The Rocket Volleyball team has a great reputation. They have only had one losing season in the last decade, which was in 2008. As with all small team sports, most of the time you will lose most of your varsity team after every year. Last year’s team went 33-11, but five of those teams were at least a 5a school. The team will have seven players who had varsity time last year returning. The jv team had a 33-4 record last year with many of those players expected to see varsity this year. Kynnedy Myers received 1st team all metro last year and is the one returner who received honors last year, and Coach Segovia received the coach of the year award. It’s hard to tell how good other teams will be year after year, but one thing is for sure, the Rockets have big shoes to fill but they should have no problem filling them. Expect a sixth winning season in a row and a good run at state from the Lady Rockets this year.

Flipping Roles
The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are on opposite sides of the spectrum this year. The boys only lost one varsity runner from last year, but he was their top runner. Kenton Weber was a very strong part of the cross country team, but with six out of seven varsity starters returning there will be no slowing down from the boys side. The girls’ team will be young this season. They only have two returning starters, but the girls did much more than expected of them last year. They made it to state last year as an underdog, so anything is possible with the new team. Expect a good chance for a state team from the boys this year, and the girls’ outcome will be dependent on the work put in by this inexperienced new girls team.

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Rose Hill Athletics August 18, 2014 | Athletic Director Jim Linot | Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Division III
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