Here’s an unorthodox take on the Harwood Union fall sports season: It’s all about the bump, set, spike.
Sure, the boys soccer team was undefeated, beating Woodstock in the state championships, and reaching that point by beating Lake Region, the team that denied Harwood the previous two years.
Sure, the golf team sailed to its second straight state title, led by Aiden Melville, a player who averaged under par for the season — something unheard of at the high school level.
And sure, the girls cross-country team corrected a minor deviation from last year and won its ninth state championship in 10 years, led by freshman Ava Thurston, who won the Division 2 meet. The boys team wasn’t too shabby, either, taking second at states.
But no one can match the level of improvement the girls volleyball team showed this year. Last season, the team won a single game. This year, the team won eight, including its opening-round match in the playoffs.
Harwood’s team is young, and if the players who septupled their previous record come back next year, the big Chittenden County schools had better watch out.
The girls soccer team had a solid year, with the second-best regular-season record in Division 2. The team will have to take that as succor after getting upset in the quarterfinals.
The field hockey team had an off year, putting together only two wins and losing in the first round of the playoffs to another two-win team. There’s always next year; just ask last year’s volleyball team.