Bears win girls cross country, boys and girls volleyball


By Ken Jackson

Sports Editor

Fresh off winning the Osceola County middle school championship in girls cross country during the fall, Narcoossee Middle School pulled off an athletic trifecta earlier this month by claiming the OCMSAC (Osceola County Middle School Athletic Conference) boys and girls volleyball championships earlier this month.

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The Narcoossee Middle School girls volleyball team claimed its first Osceola County Middle School Athletic Conference championship, defeating Celebration in three sets.

On Dec. 13 at Gateway High School, the Lady Bears girls volleyball team won their first-ever championship over Denn John Middle, who defeated the Bears in the regular season. In the title game, the Dragons won the first set 21-11 before the Lady Bears rallied to take the won the second set 26-24 after trailing 24-19 and surviving five match points. The momentum continued into the third set as the Lady Bears prevailed, 15-10. Narcoossee had to survive undefeated Celebration Middle in the semifinals.

The Lady Bears are coached by Jamie Porter.

Later, the Narcoossee boys volleyball team took the floor to play in their fourth consecutive county championship match and also played Celebration after defeating Horizon in the semifinals.

The Bears had lost the previous three county championship matches, but the team wrapped up an undefeated season (7-0) on a mission, winning the title, 25-7 and 25-15 thanks to consistent serving and claimed first County Championship for any boys sports team at the school.

On the same day, the boys volleyball team also claimed its first county title in school history, in its fourth try. Team members, left to right: front, Caden Cox, Braydan Adams, Collin Paoli, Rutgter Doe, Bryson Holl. Back, Principal Frank Telemko, assistant coach Adam Yeager, Derek Bowers, Moises Hernandez, Elton Silvano, Coach Randy Schafer, Nathan Butler, Caleb Simmons, Jaxon Junnila, Yarom Nataren.

The team was coached by Randy Schafer and assisted by Harmony High School student-athlete Adam Yeager.

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Narcoossee Middle School’s girls cross country team won its first Osceola County middle school championship in the fall, setting the stage for the Bears’ first volleyball championships on Dec. 13. Leading the way for the runners were, left to right, front, Savannah Stetler, Izabell Reichard and Olivia Paoli, back, Madison Burkhalter and Haley Debrecht.

In October, the Bears’ 17-member girls cross country team won their first county Championship Narcoossee placed five runners in the top 13: sixth graders Izabell Reichard (overall champion) and Olivia Paoli (13th), seventh grader Savannah Stetler (second) and eighth graders Madison Burkhalter (fifth) and Haley Debrecht.

The championship meet at St. Cloud High School featured 92 runners.