Posted at 10:14h
, Upper School
Our younger Lions have come out of the den strong! Training and development are deeply rooted in the WA ladies’ soccer and ladies’ basketball programs. These two winter sport programs recently enjoyed winning the district championships with a preponderance of underclassmen.
The only senior student‐athlete among these two teams is WA “Lifer,” Drew Franta. Drew was part of the Ladies’ Varsity Soccer program that defeated the South Florida Heat 3–1 to bring home the district title. The ladies’ soccer team went on to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time in four years.
A few nights later, the WA varsity ladies’ basketball squad defeated Benjamin 48–46 in a dramatic back and forth battle. It was the first district championship for ladies’ basketball since 2016. They will now advance to the regional finals on Tuesday, February 19.
While the district victories are noteworthy, we especially celebrate the success of these two teams with their extreme youthfulness. Ladies’ soccer graduated ten seniors in 2018 and had only one senior and four juniors on this year’s roster. Ladies’ basketball has not had a senior on their team in the past two seasons.
“These district championships are truly a testament to desire, coach‐ability, and development. These student‐athletes have modeled a sincere work ethic which has manifested itself in success when it matters most. Their accomplishments truly epitomize the idea of improving and gelling as a unit,” said Mr. Tony DeMare, Director of Athletics.
We applaud these student‐athletes, as well as Coach Shannon Wallhoff and Coach Dale Renwick for their dedication to WA Excellence!