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Photo Gallery: Soccer vs. Northwest, May 9, 2024
Photo Gallery: Soccer vs. Northwest, May 9, 2024
Scott Hoskins, Journalism Adviser/Photographer • Published May 13, 2024
Photo Gallery: Soccer vs. Northwest, May 9, 2024
Photo Gallery: Soccer vs. Northwest, May 9, 2024
Scott Hoskins, Journalism Adviser/Photographer • Published May 13, 2024
Photo Gallery: JROTC @Daytona Beach Drill World Championships
Photo Gallery: JROTC @Daytona Beach Drill World Championships
Gisely Argueta, Phototgrapher • Published May 8, 2024
Exam schedule posted
Exam schedule posted
Staff ReportPublished May 8, 2024
Laptop collection day set for Thursday, May 16
Laptop collection day set for Thursday, May 16
Staff ReportPublished May 6, 2024

Volleyball Preview

Rike takes the reigns
Head Coach Sarah Rike

After losing the only coach in school history with Josh Stoeckl’s move to Kirkwood, the Lady Coyotes volleyball team turned to Sarah Rike to lead the program. The former head coach of Clarksville Academy was named the school’s second head coach last Spring. Coming off a district runner-up and region appearance, the Lady Coyotes look to make the next move under Rike.

Coach Rike believes that West Creek is a program with a lot of potential. “It is exciting to build off what Coach Stoeckl has already accomplished,” she said, “and even more exciting to see what the change will do for the volleyball program.”

The squad lost a great deal of leadership with the graduation of Jayla Wiggins, Mona Meredith and Hannah Croley. However, new leaders have emerged. Coach Rike especially notes Shawnti Graham, Elayna Pearce and Elysse Holloway.

“Shawnti maintains a positive attitude and holds the team to the goals they have set for themselves,” Coach Rike said. “She is constantly leading from the front. Elayna is a constant positive energy on the court and keeps calm. Elysse is our setter and runs our entire offense. She has stopped up in a gib way with communicating well with everyone on the court to ensure we have able to execute.”

Coach Rike and her assistants have worked with the team this summer to build what she calls a “competitor’s mindset.”

“I believe one of our biggest strengths going into this season is the strong mindset the athletes have,” Coach Rike said. “They know that the only people able to stop them from achieving their goals are themselves. We don’t put any focus on other teams.”

Although winning is always a goal, Coach Rike’s main goal is to create a culture that allows for growth as an athlete and a person.

“I want this program to be a program students want to play for,” she said. “I have no doubts the wins will come, but I want athletes to always feel welcome and encouraged within this program.”

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