Parrish 7th graders complete first volleyball season

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/3/19

PARRISH — Seven Parrish Elementary School students just completed their first volleyball season.

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Parrish 7th graders complete first volleyball season

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PARRISH — Seven Parrish Elementary School students just completed their first volleyball season.

When the school added seventh-grade at the beginning of the current academic year, it paved the way for the addition of some extracurricular activities, including volleyball.

Seventh-graders Ciara Stanton, Zowy Poe, Emma Williams, Sarah Pate, Sarah Beth Sanford, Gillian Hare, and Makale Harper made up this year’s volleyball team led by volleyball coach and math teacher Krista Woods.

“We have grown a lot. Most of these girls have never touched a volleyball in their life, but they’ve really improved,” Woods said. “It has been a challenge, just teaching them the fundamentals of the game and preparing them for next year and the future. We really want them to have a strong foundation.”

The team defeated Carbon Hill for their first victory last week and played in Thursday’s County Volleyball Tournament for middle school players at Bankhead Middle School.

Woods said the players, of course, were taught the rules of the game, but they also learned invaluable teamwork and communication skills.

“None of them really had any team experience in learning how to collaborate and work together and support each other. That’s really been a big thing I’ve had to focus on this year is teaching them that teamwork,” Woods said. “It’s been a blast. They’ve loved it.” Parrish first-grader Jonah Woods has served as the team’s assistant coach and manager this year.

The school is also offering cheer and basketball as opportunities to get students involved in activities.