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The Ridge rampages through their seasons

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The Ridge practiced at United Oak Ridge Methodist church. They went undefeated and won the conference championship.

The Ridge practiced at United Oak Ridge Methodist church. They went undefeated and won the conference championship.

Photo contributed by Spencer Wommack

Photo contributed by Spencer Wommack

The Ridge practiced at United Oak Ridge Methodist church. They went undefeated and won the conference championship.

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Northwest students are playing basketball at the United Oak Ridge Methodist Church for the Ridge and the Lady Ridge. Both teams had a successful season and had fun while playing.

The Ridge went undefeated and won the conference championship out of their league. The team was coached by Robert Cudd and the players included sophomores Dylan Streeter, Josh Gee, Robby Leon, Graham Royal, Hari Patel, juniors Spencer Wommack, Will Linden, Parker Bryant, Andrew Matherly, Patrick Abrahms and Sam Sumner. Mike Kierman organized the team.

“[We joined the team] because we heard that a bunch of our friends were doing it and so we thought it would be fun,” Leon said.

Many joined for a fun time with friends and others wanted to play basketball somewhere other than Northwest. Wommack is a returning player along with Linden, although Royal was the recruiter who brought the team together this year.

“It was mostly Graham, he recruited us [even though] I’ve never played basketball in my entire life and I think that showed,” Streeter said.

The victorious season was full of great memories other than holding that first place trophy after the final game.

“[The most memorable parts of the season were when] Josh scored a buzzer beater three pointer and when Dylan hit a buzzer beater three after we were up 20 [points],” Wommack said.

The team looks forward to next season for another conference championship.

“Dylan Streeter shoots like a storm trooper and Josh Gee only made one good play all year,” Linden said.

The Lady Ridge went for a winning streak until they were faced with their rival, Cornerstone, in the finals. The team included freshman Katie Keller, sophomores Alexandra Vlad, Mary Alex Beverly, Claire Surrette, Riley Nix, Lauryn Coffman, Anna Overman, Nicole Shina and junior Heather Buntin. Beverly’s father, Mike Beverly was the head coach.

Photo contributed by Alexandra Vlad
Coach Beverly talks to the Lady Ridge during a game. They lost to Cornerstone in the conference championship.

The team started early in elementary school and the team chemistry has only become stronger. Coach Beverly began the team by taking their soccer team and turning it into a basketball team.

“We’ve been playing together on a team since fifth grade and we didn’t want to play on the Oak Ridge Elementary team anymore so why not play for the Oak Ridge church as a team,” Vlad said.

The girls enjoyed the season because they supported each other all the way, whether the shot was an air ball or a three pointer.

“[The best part was] Just being together because even during games and during practices we would have so much fun and when [Beverly] scores I like scream out her name,” Vlad said.

Even in the final game against Cornerstone, they played great. The team powered through with only four girls that weren’t sick and lost by six points.

Just like all sports, the United Oak Ridge Methodist church provides an outlet for students of Northwest.

“No one’s really serious, we just play for fun,” Beverly said.

 

 

 

 

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