Believe It! Lady War Eagles Going to the Show!

volleyball2Carly Graham and the Lady War Eagle volleyball team accomplished something that all other sports at Oak Ridge High School (35-6) haven’t been able to accomplish since the popular Roger Holtkamp guided the then 4A War Eagle football team to a Final 4 appearance. Yep, since Oak Ridge was elevated to 5A and then 6A last year, the volleyball team is the only team to make it to the show.

How did they win the UIL Region 2-6A title? Well , if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right and sweep your arch rival, The Woodlands High School, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 at Sam Houston State’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Sophomore sensation, Carly Graham led the Lady War Eagles in setting up her teammates 22 times while serving four aces. Graham was everywhere on the court. Whether Carly was being generous with her pinpoint setting or diving for balls like a young Derek Jeter, she was the straw that stirred the drink for Oak Ridge and has been the entire season. How would you like to have this young athlete’s college future?

Something seemed amiss with The Woodlands (34-6) in the first game as they jumped out like gangbusters and owned the first part of the set. Usually, it takes a couple cups of coffee and an obnoxiously loud alarm clock for the Lady Highlanders to get going at the beginning of the match. The Woodlands faithful were experiencing what a nice change of pace can look like. One problem though… just when The Woodlands was getting comfortable with their new style, the Oak Ridge alarm clock went off and it must have seemed even more obnoxious because when the Lady War Eagles woke up, everything started clicking for Oak Ridge.

The Woodlands got up 14-8 after a Bella Pinton crosscourt missile which brought Oak Ridge coach Tommie Lynne Sledge up off the bench to call a time-out. Whatever words of wisdom she had for her charges must have registered immediately because they scored the next six points, compliments of sophomore middle blocker, Molly Russell as she slammed one home on a nice set from Graham, hit a comebacker for a winner followed by a block that motivated the Oak Ridge student section to stay on their feet for the duration of the evening. Add in three violations and the game was all knotted up at 14. The Woodlands went up by two when Ally Haden sent a smash to the far right corner that was followed by an Oak Ridge violation.

It was at this point when the alleged alarm clock went off for Oak Ridge as they scored 11 out of the next 12 points to put an exclamation point on the set.

The Woodlands came out for the second set on fire again with a lead of 8-2 after senior leader, Grey Kennedy dove head first for a dig that careened off the net, then over it for the point. Oak Ridge fought back and after being behind for most of the set, they tied things up when Raigen Cianciulli sent her second unreturnable serve in a row over the net. Another Woodlands violation put Oak Ridge up for the first time in the set and they would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the set.

During the huddle in between sets, senior leader Hannah Hickman, an All-American on anyone’s list, fired up her teammates with a more than inspiring speech that could be heard as far as The Farm House restaurant five blocks away. Her words weren’t taken for granted as once again, The Woodlands came out strong to start the third set with two quick points to include a Sophie Walls/Hickman connection. It was nip and tuck until midway in the set when Oak Ridge’s Russell decided to take matters into her own hands with two kills, a dump and a block, all in succession putting Oak Ridge up 20-17.

The Lady War Eagles then sent a serve into the net to make it a two point game. Have no fear, Russell then registered two more kills combined with three Woodlands violations and Oak Ridge was Garland bound.

Sophie Walls led The Woodlands with 25 assists. Colby Quinn had 19 digs followed by Kennedy and Mia Primavera with 18. Hickman led the team with nine kills.

For Oak Ridge, Molly Russell and Brooke Clark had 10 and eight kills in order. Cianciulli took Zamboni honors with 26 digs.

The Woodlands coach, Terri Wade shared her thoughts…

“We didn’t get to compete like we should have. I felt like neither team played their best. The refs called a lot of double hits on the two best setters in the region and it kept both teams from being fully competitive in the regional final. Oak Ridge stayed very calm and collective, but we couldn’t find our chemistry. There were good moments but it wasn’t consistent enough to win the match. That’s part of the game, though. Sometimes beating a team isn’t finding a hole on the court or channeling on the big hitter, but it’s about being consistent and maximizing opportunities. We struggled with using those opportunities tonight. There are five amazing seniors that shared a ton of experience with the underclassmen and made them better. I couldn’t have come into this program at a better time. The seniors were very supportive and showed more leadership than I ever could have imagined from a group of young women. So proud of a team that exceeded my expectations and never lowered them but constantly raising them.”

Victorious coach, Tommie Lynne Sledge was excited for her team: “These girls have heart and passion. They have all season and they had a goal to sweep The Woodlands and they were unsuccessful in doing that in district play. I’m very proud of them. They knew what was at stake in that an Oak Ridge team has not been to a state championship tournament since the football team did it way back when the school was 4A.”

You may be thinking there was an inordinate amount of violations called by the referees. There absolutely was and it killed the rhythm of both teams but it wasn’t lopsided at all. There were 27 in all…14 for The Woodlands and 13 for Oak Ridge. Although the referees appeared to be a bit overzealous with their whistles, you can’t say one team benefited more than the other.

You’ve got to hand it to The Woodlands. With the team coming off two straight state championships losing multiple D-1 players to the college ranks, no one on the planet, save for themselves and those close to them ever thought they’d be playing for a regional final in Mid-November. As the girls came out of their locker room after the match, tears were still streaming down their faces but they were still gracious in defeat knowing that a District 16-6A team was going to the show.

As for Oak Ridge, if you look back at the athletic history of Oak Ridge High School, most of the success is dated back to the 90’s and the first couple of years in the new millennium before they moved up a classification. Since then, Amanda Brimberry’s softball team has always made it at least a few rounds into the playoffs. The baseball team has had some success over the last 10 years culminating in Coach Mike Pirtle’s team making it one step from the show with Luken Baker and company. Former basketball coach, Rob Stewart had the campus jumping when the most exciting team in Oak Ridge sports history (until now) went four deep in the 5A playoffs. Janet Tingle enjoyed success on the volleyball hardwood before Coach Sledge’s current regime. The football team has yet to win a football game above the 4A classification.

However, nothing matches what these Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles accomplished on Saturday night. There have been several Oak Ridge slogans over the years such as Ridge Rocks. Presently, it’s The Rise of the Ridge. Now, seeing as these athletes have made it to the show, The Ridge has most assuredly risen.

The Lady War Eagles aren’t done yet. They have one more weekend of volleyball left at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland next week.

You heard it right, The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles are going to the show!

Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Oak Ridge’s Best-Kept Secret: Volleyball Team is Winning, Too

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Tommie Sledge and her Lady War Eagle Volleyball squad are the best kept secret at Oak Ridge high school. SHHH, don’t tell anyone because we don’t wanna jinx ’em.

It seems as if the major fuss early in the school year has been that “Oak Ridge football” and “winning” have been used in the same sentence four weeks in a row. You should already know this….. If not because you have been presumably off of the planet, just brace yourself because the football team is going to keep on winning. Oh, you need some smelling salts?

As for Oak Ridge Volleyball, they win all the time anyway so just kick back and keep enjoying them. Presently, the ladies are 19-6 and 1-1 in the district.

The Ridge is coming off of an impressive win over Magnolia and have an away tilt with the Lady Tigers of Conroe tonight.

Victoria Harris leads the team in kills with 373. Brooke Clarke and Hannah Wehring have 184 and 80 respectively.

Jaclyn Ward leads the team in aces with 35 followed closely by Nikki Testerman with 34 and Clarke with 33.

Up front… Morgan McCoy leads the team in Blocks with 13.

As for digs, human zamboni and Libero, Whitney Wofford has a whopping 324. Harris has 289 and Clark with 205.

The most generous player on the team with 424 assists is Ward… Wofford has 146.

Victoria Harris leads the district in hitting percentage at 363. You’re thinking…is that good? Yes, that number is excellent in baseball and also good in volleyball.

The top of the District 14-5A standings reads like this:

TWHS: 27-0, 3-0

TWCP: 16-7, 2-0

A&M  : 17-12, 1-1

ORHS: 19-6, 1-1

Stay tuned for more Oak Ridge volleyball success!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Fall to Kingwood in Playoffs

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I am sad to report that the Oak Ridge Lady War Eagle volleyball team lost their 1st round playoff game to Kingwood at Caney Creek High School. Additionally, I am also sad to report that my truck decided to die on FM-1314 en route to the game.

While I was stuck on the side of the road, our girls fought gamely, as they had against powerhouse teams all season, but dropped the match 25-17, 25-23, and 25-17. They finished the season with a 29-12 record.

Our friend, Mike Taylor, of HCN (Houston Community Newspapers) was at the game last night and said this about Oak Ridge’s team:

The Lady War Eagles held only four leads all night — 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 in the first game, and 1-0 in the second — but finally put something together with a rally late in the second set.

Trailing 24-17, Oak Ridge scored six straight points on the strength of senior setter Bailey Sheranko’s serving.

Sheranko recorded one ace during that run, and kept Kingwood off balance. Amber Johnson, who finished with seven kills, had two spikes and Nikki Testerman added another before Howell ended the comeback and the game.

“Our offense came on,” Lady War Eagles coach Tommie Lynne Sledge said. “We were very dead coming out. It’s hard to get momentum going when we had no blocks. They could hit on us, they could tip on us — everything was a threat, and we didn’t adjust well to that in the first or third game at all.”

Victoria Harris led Oak Ridge with 13 kills and 16 digs while Sheranko dished out 26 assists and had 10 digs.

Whitney Wofford recorded 15 digs, and Testerman added eight kills and 11 digs.

“Our seniors always make a big impact,” Sledge said. “We’re going to miss a lot of heart and a lot of leadership, but I feel like we have good returning starters.

WORTHY OF NOTE:

This was Oak Ridge coach Tommie Lynn Sledge’s fifth year at the helm for the Lady War Eagles and needless to say she and her assistant coaches did an awesome job once again. Going 29-12 through a long VB season suffering multiple injuries is testament to the great job the coaches and the seniors did in the leadership department.

You could look back to every interview Coach Sledge had and not once will you ever see her using injuries for an excuse. The Lady War Eagles were all about team chemistry and it appeared as if the team had more fun than any other team in Coach Sledge’s time in charge. One subject she touched on all year was how good her senior leadership was and how much she will miss Taylor Chunn, Lauren Fernandez, Morgan Jones, Alie Mattingly, Abby Nowak, Amber Johnson and Bailey Sheranko.

Expect more success in the future out of the Lady War Eagle volleyball team with strong underclassmen returning and a talented junior high crop moving up to play for the high school program.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Fall to Undefeated Lady Highlanders

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The playoff bound Lady War Eagle volleyball team gave as much resistance to state powerhouse The Woodlands at home last night as possible. Unfortunately, former SMU All-American Leslie Madison’s Lady Highlanders are a ridiculous team who sweep just about every team they play. Tuesday night was no different as Oak Ridge lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-16). Oak Ridge ended the regular season with an overall record of 28-11 and 6-6 in the district.

The Woodlands 31-2 and 12-0 in District 14-5A have a 54 set winning streak. You read that right as they have not lost a set in 18 matches. Maddie Slater had 20 kills. Courtney Eckenrode had 33 assists and Kelly Quinn had 20 digs.

After all was said and done for Oak Ridge, a major positive is Libero Whitney Wofford, who threw herself all over the court all night long. Wofford’s blue collar effort earned her 19 digs. Victoria Harris had seven kills and Nikki Testerman had six.

Oak Ridge Coach Tommie Sledge was pleased with her team’s effort, ““I feel like we competed. We’ve laid down in the past against The Woodlands,” Coach Sledge said. “I think we have some things to overcome and work on before the playoffs.”

Oak Ridge’s first playoff game is against Kingwood, October 30th, at 6pm at Caney Creek high school. The Woodlands will face either Klein or Atascosita. The site will be determined when the match-up is finalized.

Coach Sledge knows what’s in store for her team, “They’re very tough. I feel like their district is not as strong as ours though, so their district record doesn’t intimidate us,” Sledge said.

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If you missed last night’s game, here are a few photos from it.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Shut Out Bryan On the Road

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The Lady War Eagle volleyball team traveled to Bryan to take on the Lady Vikings and pitched a shutout, 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17).

With this huge victory to start the second half of District 14-5A action, the Oak Ridge volleyballers upped their overall record to 26-8, but more importantly moved their district record to 4-3 putting them in the thick of the 14-5A playoff race

Victoria Harris led all killers with 12 and Lauren Fernandez chipped in 9. Libero, Whitney Wofford scraped up 19 digs and Jackie Ward sent 5 blurs past Bryan.

Next up is College Park at home on Friday. The last meeting was a disappointment as the Lady War Eagles let a win slip away in the fifth set. They’ll be ready for revenge come Friday.

Let’s pack the house on Friday!

See you with your wrecking crew hats on!!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Hobbled Lady War Eagles Spiked by The Woodlands

Oak Ridge volleyball traveled across the highway to take on the number five state-ranked The Woodlands Highlanders and found the Lady Highlanders state ranking to be completely legit as our ladies fell 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-22).

The Lady War Eagles improved every game but couldn’t get over the hump against the 5-A powerhouse. The Woodlands (6-0, 26-2) are now undefeated through the first half of district play as Oak Ridge (25-8, 3-3) fell to the 500 mark.

Victoria Harris led Oak Ridge with eight kills as the hobbled Lady War Eagles are looking more like a MASH unit giving their all in their effort to make the 14-5A playoffs.

Madison McDaniel led The Woodlands with 10 kills.

Oak Ridge travels to Bryan for a huge 14-5A tilt on Tuesday at 6pm. The Woodlands is at home against Conroe.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady Volleyballers Come Back, Dig Out Huge Win Against Conroe

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Before a raucous crowd at Oak Ridge High School, The Lady War Eagle volleyball team pulled out a nail biter in five sets over Conroe, 3-2 (25-22,20-25,23-25,25-21,19-17).

Whitney Wofford had 33 digs and Victoria Harris registered 24 vicious kills. Alie Mattingly served up three loners and also had several kills to include a huge strike in the last set. At 14-15 of the final set, Mattingly hammered one home to keep the Lady War Eagles alive enabling Oak Ridge (24-6, 2-1) to eventually win by the slimmest of margins.

Assist machine Bailey Sheranko leads Oak Ridge in assists as she continues to play as if she has ice in her veins.

This was a huge win for Oak Ridge and they did it without the services of one of their best players, Amber Johnson. Johnson injured her ankle in a practice leading up to the College Park loss. Coach Sledge indicated that Amber will be back soon but is being kept off the court for precautionary reasons as the coach wants her back going full strength for the stretch run.

Oak Ridge eked out the first set after Conroe had tied it up at 22. In winning the next three points, the Lady War Eagles were handling the pressure. Not to be outdone, the Lady Tigers came back to win the next two sets.

In winning the final two pressure packed sets, Oak Ridge proved they can pull out a close one. After having lost to College Park in a match they let slip away, The Lady War Eagles hung tough and are playing solidly leading up to the heart of the 14-5A schedule.

Worthy of note:

With Amber Johnson out, Taylor Chunn is making the most of her extended PT. In the final set, Chunn served like a veteran and had a huge block to keep the Lady War Eagles alive.

The Oak Ridge and Conroe cheering sections rocked the house. For Oak Ridge, school spirit was at an all time high as the student section carried the girls to victory. At one point, a Conroe player palmed a ball motivating the referee to give the point to Oak Ridge and for the next minute, the students chanted, “YOU can’t do that! YOU can’t do that!” After a Harris slam, it was, “In your face! In your face!”

Alie Mattingly can sky! The girl can probably dunk a basketball or at least get up to the rim.

Whitney Wofford got dirty all night long but nothing was bigger than her two digs with Oak Ridge down match point two separate times.

Referee’s comments after the game: “This was the best played match I’ve seen all season and I don’t think it can be topped. Back and forth, back and forth these girls kept going at each other all night long. It’s a shame someone had to lose.”

Coach Sledge’s comments: “The College Park loss was a speed bump and we continue to play consistent Oak Ridge basketball. I like our chances against everyone. Several players are stepping up now while Amber is out and it’s a total team effort.”

Next up for Oak Ridge is an away tilt on Friday with A&M Consolidated who defeated College Park Tuesday night. In other action Tuesday night, The Woodlands shut out Kingwood.

See you in College Station Friday night!

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If you were not able to attend Tuesday night’s game, here are a few photos that capture what went on.  

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Drop Heartbreaker to College Park

The Alyssa McNeely/Emily Thorson-led College Park Lady Cavaliers defeated the more talented Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles 3-2 (23-25,25-11,25-23,23-25,15-11) Tuesday night at College Park High School.

McNeely and Thorson had 17 kills apiece in overseeing a balanced attack as Cori Schrier had 14 digs while Hannah Erwin led all dishers with 30.

The Lady War Eagles received strong performances from Victoria Harris, who led the floor with 25 kills, and Nikki Testerman, who led all players with 17 digs.

College Park leveled out their overall record at 13-13 (1-0) in capturing their District 14-5A opener. Oak Ridge (22-6) dropped to 1-1 in the district in a match that saw the Lady War Eagles lose one they should have conquered. The Lady War Eagles are more talented up and down the roster but College Park’s experience in big games was the difference maker in this one.

With the Lady War Eagles talent level, given a little more time and experience Oak Ridge will be learning how to win big games like the College Park match where they had CP down 10-7 in the fifth set only to watch the Lady Cavs rattle off eight of the last nine points to close out the contest.

On Friday night, Oak Ridge hosts non-district foe, Westfield, at home while CP is on the road in Conroe.

The Lady War Eagles learned from an experienced winner in College Park and now it’s their turn to take district foes to school. Westfield will be a nice tune-up on Friday.

See ya Friday night!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Take On College Park Tonight

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The Lady War Eagle volleyball team travels to College Park for an early district test Tuesday night to see just how legitimate their 22-5, 1-0 record is.

Coach Tommie Lynn Sledge likes the make-up of this squad heading into the biggest match of this young season.

“I feel like we are playing great right now. Against Bryan, we started a little slow but fought through to the end and did not give up that first game which makes me very very happy. We are meshing great!”

When asked what she credits the team’s success to so far this season, she is quick to point out the experience.

“I’ll be honest”, Sledge beamed, “if I had to pick someone to brag on it would have to be the seniors. They have worked so very hard to push everyone to get better. We have the most seniors (seven) that I’ve ever had as a head coach. Sometimes, that can cause conflict but that is not happening with these girls. Sledge continued, “I am so proud of them for knowing their role and pushing everyone to do their best. To have one good leader on a team is usually enough but having multiple leaders is beneficial in many ways.”

Coach Sledge puts unselfishness at the top of her list of important attributes that a team must possess. “I feel like no matter which player gets to make the big shot on the court, they are 100% behind each other at all times. It is unselfishness that is enabling them to shine.”

“The seniors started this journey last September and have not let down one bit in their effort to achieve their goals. They make me very proud,” said Sledge.

Coach Sledge has been here for five years. She would never put any of her five teams above another because she has too much class. That being pointed out, for those of us who attend the matches on a regular basis, it’s pretty easy to see that Tommie is having more fun this year than she’s ever had.

Winning seems to have that effect. See you at CP!!!! Let’s rock that place!!!!!!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Volleyballers Start Off District Play With a “W” Against Bryan

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The Lady War Eagle Volleyball team started off district play with a convincing victory over new 14-5A foe, Bryan three sets to none (27-25, 25-17, 25-20) and upped their overall record to a stellar 22-5 before a capacity crowd in The House That Sledge Built Friday night.

The volleyballers started off the evening going through the motions allowing the less talented Lady Vikings to hang around before waking up and taking the initial stanza in extra points. It was back to normal for sets two and three.

Victoria Harris led the way with 15 kills as Bailey Sheranko toughed out 17 digs and Jaclyn (Jackie) Ward served two aces. The assist column goes to the Oak Ridge student section and Cheerleaders. The support being shown for Oak Ridge athletes in 2012 hasn’t been seen since the days of the “Wrecking Crew” when everyone in the stands had on a hard hat. NOTE TO BOOSTERS: Go out and purchase a bunch of construction helmets. These fans are ready to do work again!

Oak Ridge travels to College Park on Tuesday night as the Lady Cavaliers open their district season. With the odd number of teams in 14-5A, CP had Friday night off.

See you at College Park Tuesday night!

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If you were not able to attend Friday night’s game, here are a few photos that capture what went on.  

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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