Indian Rocks Bowling, under the direction of Coach Joe Frost, finished a great season with the girls making drastic improvements from the beginning of the year and the boys finishing the year strong.
For our young ladies, Hailee Tripkee continued to improve from the beginning of the season and finished as our MVP. We were a young team this year and should have everyone returning next season. Sapphire Rodriguez was our most improved bowler. Gabby Llanes, Makayla Defayette, and Cam Oberfield were our other high school bowlers and represented our school exceptionally well. Our one middle school girl bowler was Jocelyn Avitia (8th grade). All of these girls worked to improve their scoring. I am hoping to have all of these young ladies back next year.
For our young men, Indian Rocks was led by a senior, Noah Wheeler and a sophomore Carson Vescovi. Both young men had some tremendous scores throughout the season, consistently bowling in the high 100’s with a number of 200 plus games. The boys were senior heavy and will graduate 5 players. Jake Glen, Robert Dowd, Jared Marshall and Jack Zahn join Noah Wheeler in graduating in May. They will all be missed. Our one middle school boy bowler was Lucas Zahn (6th grade). He bowled his personal best score of 181 during the district tournament.
The Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country teams, led by Coach Bobby LaBrant, had another amazing year! This was supposed to be a down year with the loss of some amazing seniors, but everybody stepped up when they needed to. Indian Rocks Christian is the only team in Pinellas County (both private and public) and one of only two teams in all of the Tampa Bay area to have BOTH teams qualify for State for the last 5 years!! That is remarkable. We are blessed with a group of very dedicated athletes and parents.
The JV boy’s and girl’s teams also had great success this year, with many of them having huge PR’s (personal records) by the end of the year. Some of them had a chance to race with the varsity at a few meets and that put a little “healthy fear” into the varsity runners.
The JH boys had a 2nd place finish to close out the year at the Bay Area Middle School Championship. This was a pretty big deal because we were the only school team to place that high. The winning team was a “club” team comprised of 8 different schools and there were over 30 teams competing. The girls also did amazing, with all of them getting a new PR!
Varsity football, coached by Rick Yates has worked through a season of rebuilding. The team added a number of new, inexperienced players and the entire team received a lot of focused instruction. Finishing with a 2-8 record, the team persevered and showed continual improvement throughout the season. The team verse this year was Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”. The Eagle football team displayed this verse in action form. No matter the opponent, their drive and intensity was unwavering. There will be several new faces in key positions next year due to our graduating seniors, but we are looking forward in getting prepared for the 2019 Football Season
Congratulations to one of our graduating seniors, Joel Warfield, who was selected for the 2018 Pinellas County All-Star Football game! Joel was selected because of his toughness and determination on the field. His ability to play offense, defense and special teams made Joel Warfield an easy selection for the Pinellas County North team.
Led by Coach Kimber Busche, our Football Cheerleaders began the year with a trip to FCC summer cheer camp in Orlando. On the last day of cheer camp, they competed against the other schools and the varsity team came in 2nd place. It was a great accomplishment after a week of intense work and was evidence of their perseverance. Two of the girls, Payton Somers and Taylor Surrette were selected as 2018 All Star FCC cheerleaders. This year has been a rebuilding year for the cheerleaders and they made great strides. The girls have shown great growth with the increasing level of difficulty in their stunts over the season. Peyton Bryant and Taylor Toms were selected to represent IRCS at the All-star all county football game. This was a great accomplishment and was an opportunity for them to be a light for God in our community. We look forward to another great season with the possibility of bringing back the competitive team next Spring.
The 2018 IRCS Golf team was led by Coach Anthony Battaglia. This year’s Golf Team was one of the youngest teams in our District. No doubt our players came away from this season with a better understanding of the game of golf. All of the players on our team had a great season and we were competitive in every match. Our District tournament finish was outstanding and our year end IRCS Golf Tournament was as exciting as ever. The IRCS Golf team has a very bright future.
The IRCS swimmers, under the leadership of Coach Cashel Mack, finished strong with representation at our Region Meet by Brianna Pacecca and Ugne Koveraite. We also had a diver, Jackson Smith, compete at Districts and Regions this year. The team had a great season with some great senior leadership from Ella Miranda, Claire Davis, and Sarah Stanley. Coach Tyler Small worked closely with our many new middle school swimmers and they progressed dramatically throughout the season. I am excited with the commitment, dedication, and team work of this year’s team, and look forward to next season.
The Varsity volleyball team was led by Coach Mark Foster and went 11-16 this season. One of the highlights of the year was our 2nd place finish at the Keswick Invitational Tournament, which included a huge win over Shorecrest Preparatory School, the 2018 State Champion. The team’s play helped Coach Foster reach 300 career wins and helped our setter, Ashley Ferguson, reach a milestone of recording over 2000 Assists in her career. The team played very well throughout the season and lost some extremely close matches against talented opponents. Coach Foster was very encouraged by the team’s fight in matches throughout the season.
Coach Suzy Llerena led the Junior Varsity team to a phenomenal season with a 16-5 record. The team improved every single match and the matches lost were some serious nail biters.
The Middle School volleyball team was led by Coach Kimberly Foster, who had a very young but extremely competitive team. The team represented IRCS extremely well throughout the season and recorded an 11-6 overall record.