News and Announcements
The Boys Varsity Soccer team started training November 7! This year the team is looking to continue the dominant performances they have had the past two years. With key players returning from last year’s State Championship team we are looking forward to being in a higher division. Last year we saw 16 seniors graduate, I believe we have not missed a beat in filling in what we lost. We have been blessed with an abundance of talent and are looking forward to another great year!
The Girls Varsity Soccer team is looking to pick up right where they left off at the end of last season. The team is looking to have a successful season with key returners like: Jr. Gabrielle B., Valentina C. and Rafaella C. The team has been working hard during the summer as well as preseason to make sure they are prepared for this upcoming season. Come support the Lady Vikings soccer team in their next home match on November 29th at 4:30PM!
The Village Viking HS starts its second season hoping to build from what was a very successful inaugural season last year that saw 8 swimmers qualify for TAPPS State Championships.
The Lady Viking Swimmers are returning four state qualifiers, Kiera C, Katya H, Nicole K and Hazel S from last year’s team and this year welcome Olivia G. Olivia’s past times make her a hopeful for All-State honors this year.
The Viking Men return one State Qualifier this year, Dennis F, but have added Mac B, and Tom N to the HS roster as hopefuls to qualify and make the trip to State Championships.
With two competitions under their belt this season, the Viking HS Swim Team have two more competitions before year’s end and then they swim once more in January to get ready for the TAPPS Regional State Qualifier on January 20th at the University of Houston. The team practices together on Thursday nights at Westside HS and all the members of the team practice with the local USA Swimming clubs the other days of the week.
The HS Viking Swimmers are led by Coach Doug Buckalew who is in his second year as Head Coach and Director of Swimming. Coach Buckalew is assisted by Stephanie Phillips, who is also in her second year with the VS Swim Program.
The Village Lady Vikings are coming off of the best season in school history, with a 24-7 record, and a trip to the TAPPS 4A Quarterfinal. This success was sparked by a group of juniors, who return for their senior year, with extremely high expectations. To make the task even tougher, the Lady Vikings will compete in TAPPS 6A. They are also playing an extremely challenging non-District schedule.
“Last year was a tremendous year. Our success occurred because of our ability to attack the daily process of getting better. This year, we are a new team, which will face new challenges. Our biggest challenge is our lack of depth, as half of our roster has very limited experience. We have also put together one of the toughest schedules in school history. Throughout this season, we will play multiple 6A public schools, SPC teams, and could see over ten state-ranked opponents. We are even scheduled to compete against a potential McDonald’s All-American (Alexis Morris, #18 ranked player in the country). This schedule will prepare us for our District schedule, in January, as we aim to make another run at the State Tournament,” Coach Brotherton said.
The team will be led by four seniors; Starlyn F, Amber P, Elisa F, and Caren E. Junior Liz M and Sophomore Kennedy D will also play very critical roles in the success of the team.
“There is no doubt that our program has elevated to its current level, because of the work put in by our seniors. Starlyn and Amber came to the Village School three years ago, and helped change the culture of our program. Elisa joined us last year, and has been a huge part of our success. Caren is a ‘program kid,’ as she has worked her tail off to develop over her four years. This group has put our program on the map. I am forever grateful to these seniors, their families, and it is our mission to honor them with a wonderful season,” said Coach Brotherton.
Sports Media Day is quickly becoming one of the most fun events in athletics. Each season, our high school sports teams have the opportunity to take team and individual photos, Media Guide cover shots, Senior banner pictures, and have 2 members of each team accompany their coach to be interviewed. In the fall, Double Dave’s pizza catered the event. There was also had music and a slideshow playing throughout while our athletes socialized, danced, and had fun.
Winter Media Day took on an added theme. The event was sponsored by Gatorade, so each athlete had the opportunity to try different Gatorade products. After the pictures we taken, each Varsity coach and there 2 selected team representatives went to the Athletic Center for their interviews. It was an awesome experience for our athletes and coaches to answer questions about their program, including what their expectations are, who they are looking forward to playing the most, and the athletes that are poised to have a break out season!
To watch the interviews, please click the link below and enjoy!
Girls Basketball: https://youtu.be/83tDu0tVTaM
Boys Soccer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwmTCSW2XJU&feature=youtu.be
Girls Soccer: https://youtu.be/m38WwB5kx-4