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Rocket Athletics

Running Right In

The Rose Hill Rockets Cross Country team is coming off a great season last year. The Girls’ Cross Country team took 9th as a team at the State Meet with 217 team points and had an average time of 22:56. Kyrsten Lucent finished the State Meet in 21st place with a time of 21:17.40 and it is believed that she will have a very outstanding season in 2022. Overall, the girls had a phenomenal 2021 season that included several 1st place finishes as well as a Regional Championship. This year’s team includes 12 new runners joining the 15 returning runners. There are five Seniors this year including Dylan Henry, Kyrsten Lucent, Elliot Herod, Jessa Lee, and Kate Dare. Coach Barger stated, “We are continuing from a pretty successful season from last year.  We have a lot of experienced and inexperienced runners, but we are having a great time getting to work.  It has been a very enjoyable beginning of the season.” The Cross Country team will have their first meet on September 1st at Clearwater.

Soccer Kicks Off

The Rockets ended last year's season with a 9-8 record. The team lost two seniors from last year’s team in Zander Arheart and Joshua Fisher. Head Coach Jerry Treat stated, “I expect us to be in the final four. We are going to have a good season this year and we have a pretty good team but one thing the team needs to work on is our coordination and chemistry together and once the team gets that down we will be unstoppable.” Team captain Andruw Weeks stated, “It’s going to be a good season for sure”. The team’s first game will be against Coffeyville at home this Friday, August 26 and the Rockets are expecting a good outcome to the game. Coach Treat also stated that, “If we can work well together as a team, I think we will pull off the win”. Last season in the Coffeyville game the Rockets came out with the win with the score 2-1 in overtime.

Making A Comeback

As the weather is starting to cool off and with school coming back into session, fall sports are getting ready to kick off. The Rocket volleyball team is getting amped for this year's season after last year ended with a winning 19-16 record. The rebound season in 2021 was a good start for what will hopefully be a deeper run this season. Returning varsity players include Seniors Nolie Munn, Mandi Heinz, and Dayleigh Barger. Returning Junior players include Reece Goetz, Payton Jackson, Paige Loeck and Sophomore Kadance Heumann. New varsity players include Senior MaKayla Kiser, Junior Ryelle Woods, Sophomores Emily Howerton and Mady Barger as well as Freshman Addison Rockley. When asked about the upcoming season Coach Mock stated, “As always I am looking forward to our new season. We have six returning players that have some varsity experience that will hopefully step up and be leaders this season. Dayleigh Barger and Magnolia Munn will be a big presence at the net. Our senior libero, Mandi Heinz is out with an injury, so trying to find someone to step into that role is a huge challenge right now. We also have two sophomore setters in Kadance Heumann and Mady Barger. Your setters have to be your court leaders and as underclassmen that can be a hard role to have. I am excited to watch this team continue to grow together and play some good volleyball this season.” When asked about what they were looking forward to this upcoming season, Team Co-Captain Mandi Heinz stated, “I’m super excited to play my last year with the girls I’ve grown up with. I have a lot of hope with the girls we have and am hoping for a fun and successful season this year!” Other Co-Captain Dayleigh Barger is also looking forward towards her final season as she stated, “I’m really excited to play my last season with these girls! I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish and I have very high hopes for this season!” I think I can personally speak for the volleyball management crew and state that we are all excited for what this season has in store, and that we are all ready for the season to start.

Football Takes Off

Coming off of a 3-6 record in 2021, the Rockets are confident that a summer of hard work will certainly pay off for the team this upcoming season. Summer training and work has put a fine edge on the team to be as sharp as they can with high hopes coming from head coach Lee Weber who said, “I think we are an extremely talented team; we have some guys who have worked very hard and hope to reap the rewards of that hard work coming up this fall.” The team is excited about their returning talent and another year of experience added to returning players to make them even stronger. A good season is predicted ahead by Coach Weber who foresees this season as being one of victory and excitement. The schedule is difficult as it includes state power teams Collegiate, Andale, and Buhler. The best of effort will be exerted by the Rockets this season, making them a very formidable opposition to anyone. The coaches and players are excited for the season to begin!