The Folsom Middle School Jaguars pulled off a double championship, as the school’s eighth- and seventh-grade volleyball teams both won Foothill Athletic League titles.
Both teams achieved firsts in the process, as the eighth-grade team became the first eighth-grade team to win a volleyball title, not to mention being the first team to finish the season undefeated. The seventh-grade team also became the first seventh-grade team to finish a season undefeated, as well as the first team to win back-to-back league titles. Both teams finished the season with unblemished 10-0 records.
The eighth-grade team defeated Camerado Springs in two straight games on Oct. 11 to win the league title.
“Most of the boys have only played volleyball for a year or two, making us very inexperienced,” Coach Patrick Burke said. “Luckily, we had some great natural athletes, and we were able to win all of our games fairly easily. Our MVP, Logan Rexford, was a great leader on the court and our top server and setter. Josh Rettinger was also a great setter. Crew Santero RJ Wyrick, Jacob Sigler, and Jackson Baker were all big hitters on our frontline. Jake Zan, Eli Zackney, Gavin Green, and Brendan Coad kept our back row strong. The depth of our team was our strength. Everyone had a role to play, and they all contributed within those roles. It was truly a team championship.
The seventh-grade team beat Sutter Middle School two games to none on Oct. 9 to claim the title.
“We had a solid group of seventh graders and two very good sixth graders who contributed to the team,” Coach Vince Isbell said. “Owen Pettus was our MVP, and dominated our opponents with his serves and hitting. Owen Mahoney and Matthew Zackney also played a big role as our setters. Working with Coach Burke and his eighth grade team during practice prepared us to play against any opponent. We are really developing a special volleyball program here for the boys, and I look forward to working with another great group of boys next season.”
Other members of the seventh-grade team included Jackson Cantelme, Bryn Jones, Nathan Kramer, Matthew Long, Michael Mosur, Jesse Petersen, Jack Thionnet, Asher Thomas, and August Whitted.
Luke Aland was the team manager for both teams.