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Boys Volleyball Begins New Tradition

Any fan of Crusader Athletics knows that the Lady Crusader volleyball program has enjoyed a great amount of success over the past twenty years. Longtime teacher and coach, Brian Hawkins, has built a successful volleyball program that produces quality players year after year. But what the Crusader Community may not realize is that the Boys’ Volleyball Club has gained immense popularity at Scecina Memorial and is quickly building a tradition of their own.Connor Griffin serves

Boys’ Volleyball is a club sport that is not currently governed by the IHSAA; however, our Crusaders compete with the same level of intensity as they do with all sports at Scecina Memorial. The athletes practice most evenings in preparation for their matches. Unlike football, baseball, and basketball, which most boys are introduced to at a young age, the skills required for volleyball are relatively new for most players. The majority of the team did not play volleyball prior to high school, but that hasn't stopped their determination to learn the sport and play it well.

The team was founded by Crusader parents Tim McCarthy and Bill Rumely in 2006. Today, the team is led by Coach Pam Brake and former Lady Crusader Volleyball player, Coach Kara McCarthy '08. This year’s team—nicknamed the "Men in Black" for their black uniforms—boasts a full roster of players split between the JV and Varsity teams. Quinn Carrico ’09--a former player and current SMHS teacher--coaches the JV team and assists with the Varsity.They are in the midst of the program’s best season and looking to move into Indiana Boys Volleyball Top Ten.

Coach Carrico is optimistic about what’s to come, “Our program continues to grow in numbers and talent. We are very excited for the future."

The Boys’ Volleyball season runs through early May with upcoming home games on:

· April 22nd vs. Lafayette Jefferson High School
· April 24th vs. Columbus North High School
· April 29th vs. Bishop Chatard High School
· May 1st vs. Wapahani High School

The matches are exciting and action-packed—an excellent way to spend an evening supporting your Crusader athletes. Hope to see you at an upcoming match!

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