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GatorPress – A Game of Volleyball

By Melissa Krzywanski


Volleyball is a fast-paced sport that requires team unity, athleticism, and a lot of quick thought. Volleyball is a global sport and is enjoyed by many people around the world. Captain Shreve is proud to support their own varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball teams.

One member on the team is junior Tori Reich, who has been a varsity team member since her freshman year. I talked to her get to know the inner workings of the court and become familiar with some common plays.

Volleyball is a game made up of six positions on one side of the net that each have a specific role. Position 1 is called home, and is where the setter stands while the ball is in the air. Position 1 is also where balls are served.

Position 2 is the opposite hitter. People in that position are usually left-handed and are good blockers, because they have to block against the strongest hitters on the opposing team.

Position 3, called the middle, is usually where the tallest person stands, and her job is to help assist in a double block for positions 2&4, hit, and go against the opposing hitter.

Position 4, the outside, is where the strongest hitter usually stands. This position also blocks.

Position 5 belongs to the defensive specialist, and will be able to help pass to the setter or get the ball over the net.

Position 6 is the libero position. This position is where the best passer on the team goes, and she wears a different color jersey to separate herself from the other players. The libero never leaves her position

For Positions 1,4 and 5 there are no specific plays, they make plays tailored to the situations going on during the game. The middles can slide, run or short. Slides are when the setter sets the ball back towards position 2 rather than setting it straight up, and then player 3 will go around to hit it.

A short is when the ball is set right on top of the net, and the middle has to make her approach as soon as the ball leaves the setter’s hands. The player in position 2 has a different version of a slide, where she moves to position 3 and then hits next to the player in position 3.

The libero can run LP or RP (Left/Right pocket). This play is when everyone fakes, and the libero comes up to the 10ft line and then pushes the ball to the right or left corner.

As you can see, volleyball is more complicated than it appears!

If you would like to read more on Shreve’s volleyball team and their travels, click HERE to view Marie Chance’s story.

GatorPress – Traveling with Volleyball

by Marie Chance

At Captain Shreve high school, our very own volleyball team travels off campus to other schools to play volleyball and represent the Swamp. When games are hosted at other campuses, the team must leave school early therefore missing part of 5th and then 6th and 7th period.

The team doesn’t mind riding a school bus to away games because they usually don’t have to travel far. Ruston is the farthest district game, which is an hour away. And though the ride maybe a little uncomfortable, it is overshadowed by laughs, jokes and team bonding. The ride brings the team together and it helps the players see more of each other when they aren’t at school.

“I like traveling because we ride together, have fun together, listen to music and eat snacks,” Alexis McClain said (a varsity volleyball player).

Traveling to other schools an be fun, but it results in more homework because the players miss their afternoon classes. The teachers understand that the players have to miss the classes and work with the players on the material missed. But the players manage their time to where they can get their work done at the tournament, so their grades aren’t affected by traveling.

“The make up work depends on homework for that day. Usually I can get homework done on the way to the game, if I manage my time correctly,” Abigail Roberts said (a varsity volleyball player).

Though the players are the ones actually playing, the coaches are behind the skills, organization and bonding. Coach Hunt and Coach Kelly sacrifice their time and work to get the volleyball team to the district games and make sure everyone is ready. Traveling maybe stressful for the coaches, but they don’t let that affect the team. No one is quite sure if they like traveling or not, but the coaches do everything for the team.

“Coach Kelly and Coach Hunt loves being with all of us They love the girls. It really depends on how stressful the day was and that will affect if they want to travel that day or not,” Amy Goins said.

GatorPress – Lady Gator Soccer Kicks it in Gear

By: Genene Carter– September 27, 2018

The Shreve Girls’ Soccer season doesn’t start until November, but the girls on the team have been practicing since May, and they are very excited and feel that they are well prepared for this season.

Prior to normal practices, which haven’t even started yet, the girls practiced throughout the summer and have been attending conditioning regularly.

“We practiced about four hours a week during the summer,” said Reagan Titus, a Freshman who will be trying out this year. “That way, none of us got out of shape, and we got to know each other, too.”

Soccer has always been very important to Reagan. She played recreational soccer for ten years and began playing competitively last year.

“I’ve been playing soccer since I was three,” she said. “It’s a big part of my life.”

She is very excited to continue playing soccer this year and hopes to grow in her skills and knowledge.

“I want to learn more and get to know people,” Reagan said. “I’m just excited to play the sport that I love.”

She is also glad to be able to represent Shreve, and she is especially supportive of everything Coach Thompson has done for the team.

“Gators are awesome!” Reagan said, when asked why she wanted to play for Shreve. “And we have a great coach this year. Coach Thompson really turned things around.”

Tryouts will be held in October, so be sure to check out the results next month! There they will determine the top twenty players who will be on varsity. All the girls who don’t make varsity will automatically be put on the JV team. Of course, Reagan hopes to play varsity this year, which is a big accomplishment for a Freshman. However, she is definitely up for the challenge.

“I feel like it gives me more to prove,” Reagan said, when asked why she wanted to pursue varsity. “I’ll have to really push myself to get better.”

GatorPress – Running: Nature’s Torture Device

By: Tanner Hines- 9/13/18
Cross country team at the regional meet 2017

Cross country is all about running. There is no score board or a ball that needs be placed in a goal. It only requires a willing participant and a decent pair of shoes. With that in mind, cross country is one of the most student involved sports in the nation and running is something that all humans have in common.

Coach Cary Hilburn and his daughter, Georgia, have been running for most of their lives and have no plans to stop.

“I plan on sticking with running, for sure.” Georgia said. “I feel reinvigorated after every year of practice,” Coach Hilburn said.

The Hilburns live and breathe cross country. Cary has had the opportunity to coach each of his three kids, along with many others, and says that it’s a “luxury” to be able to do that.

“It’s been about building a team of awesome kids,” Cary said, “They may not all be quality runners, but they are all quality people.”

Cross country is not meant to be taken lightly. According to Coach Hilburn, the common misconception is that all runners are “pansies” and “lightweights” simply because they aren’t like linemen or powerlifters. The truth is that these runners are some of the most strong willed people on the planet.

“Cross country is a lot of pain, emotion, and mental conflict, but most of all it’s about becoming a master of your own pain,” Georgia said “It’s not about winning the race, it’s about winning your race.”

From coach to student, there are very few differences in their goals. Both want to make it to the state competitions but each has a deeper goal in mind.

“I want to form bonds with the team,” Georgia said, “ It’s about the whole team crossing the finish line.” “I want to get people into a healthier lifestyle,” Coach Hilburn said.

With the season coming up and the team always accepting new members, there are a couple things that new and interested runners should know:

  1. Come to practice
  2. Be patient
  3. Stick with it
  4. Start off slow and work your way up
  5. Push yourself when you need to
  6. Keep it interesting

Running isn’t something that all people have a niche for, but it is very possible to train yourself to that point. You have to take everything one step at a time.

“New runners have a lot of willpower,” Georgia said, “That’s all you need to get through a race.”