Samantha Marrs jumps for the soccer ball during a match against the Susanville Strikers. Photo by James Wilson
There’s no denying that Chester High is a school filled with athletes. Last year, the school dominated in every sport, making its players the team to beat. The surprising part was that last year’s teams were largely made up of juniors. Those same juniors will return this year bigger, stronger and more mature.
Last year’s team was nearly unstoppable. The Volcanoes lost only once in the regular season (to Maxwell during Chester’s homecoming game). The Volcanoes won their league and obtained home field advantage all through the playoffs. Finally, in a big loss for them, the Volcanoes were taken down 42-13 by Portola in the section championship game.
Chester had a large team last year with 27 players. Only seven of those were seniors, however. This year’s team is much smaller at 18 players, but 10 of those are returning seniors.
“We have fewer kids in terms of numbers, but we are actually deeper in terms of overall talent,” commented Chester’s head coach, Terry Hernandez. “There will be no let-down when we substitute.”
Those same players contributed immensely to the success of Chester last year. This year, though, they’re bigger and badder. The Volcanoes have the division championship on their minds, and there’s seemingly no one who can stop them.
This year the Volcanoes follow a season schedule similar to last year’s. Their season opener is against Quincy on Sept. 6 and their final game of the regular season is against Portola on Nov. 8.
“I believe we will have a solid team this year and should make another post-season run,” continued Hernandez. “We should be a more balanced team this year. Looking forward to another great season.”
Chester didn’t have a great season last year in volleyball. Several players were injured and several moved away during the season. Due to changes in the rotation, however, more juniors got the chance to get out on the court and get real game-time experience.
This year’s team looks more ready for a successful season. Strong leadership from the senior class can lead this team to the top.
One thing this year’s soccer team has that other teams in its league don’t is a whole lot of choices. The Chester girls’ soccer team is made up of 19 girls, including six seniors. By comparison, Quincy has 15 players and Portola has only 11.
Last year, the Lady Volcanoes took the Feather River Soccer League, and it looks like they have a pretty good chance of repeating history.