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By: Jake Greer and Rhett Ward, Crestview High School Journalism Students

With the football and volleyball seasons underway, things are looking up for both of the programs. Conference play for the football team starts this Friday, and our volleyball girls travel to Shelby Invite on Saturday to prove their dominance.

Our football team got off to a good start knocking off Loudonville 29-26

in a back and forth affair. However, these past two matchups have not been kind to the Cougars as they’ve fallen to some tough opponents in Hillsdale and Carey. Now, the Cougars look to bounce back this Friday with their first conference game against Western Reserve.

Senior quarterback, Brevin King, and senior running back, Dylan Balcarcel, spoke on how the season has played out so far. “The conference sucks, so we shouldn’t lose from here on out. I believe we can beat St. Paul; despite what everyone else says, no one can handle us.” King tells us.  Balcarcel continues this statement with his own thoughts on the conference, “We played some hard teams to start the season. I think we’ll pick it up during conference play and keep improving as the season continues.”

We also asked about how the injury to Gavin Lowe, a would-be senior starter, affected the team. The two responded on how big of an injury it really was to them. “Gavin really loves this sport and had more heart than anyone on the team. We’re playing for him and we don’t want to let him down,” Brevin told us. Dylan added to that thought by saying, “The injury made us realize how we could be hurt at any moment, and knowing how much he wants to play makes us play harder and keeps us from taking this season for granted.”

The volleyball team has been playing well to start the season as well with a 6-3 record. They are trying to build off an amazing season last year where they defeated multiple powerhouse schools on the way to the regional semi-finals. They were eventually knocked out there, but this hasn’t stopped them from attempting to repeat the success.

We asked sophomore, Kenedi Goon, and senior, Alexis Hill, about how the season has moved along. “The expectations are really high this year and our coach has really high standards. We have worked really hard to get in shape and get faster for all the competition coming up,” Goon told us. Hill said, “The expectation this year is to get to state. We’ve conditioned and trained to win and that’s what we plan to do.”

“The season started a little slow because we amped up our schedule to play better teams,” Goon said. “ We lost 3 games early to some really good teams but we got better in the process.” Alexis added by saying, “The start of the season has went well so far...we didn’t have our starting setter early but we have her back now and the chemistry on the court has been a lot better. We have been improving every game and I feel that by tournament time, we will be ready to make a push for state.”