All of the junior high volleyball teams were in tourney action Saturday, Sept. 28.
The seventh grade A-team hosted its Glen Rose Tournament. The team got off to a difficult start with a 25-18, 21-25 and 11-15 loss to Maypearl, but bounced back with a 25-13 and 25-11 victory over Hillsboro.
"In the first game of pool play against Hillsboro, Bryanna Lytle served 23-straight points," said coach Sandra Taylor. "Of those 23 serves, none were even returned over the net. Other outstanding servers were Presley Grace and Natalie Lacey.
"Kiara Bruce was very effective on defense. All the girls played well and it was a great team effort as the day went on."
Glen Rose finished the tourney strong, as wins over Hillsboro (25-2, 25-23) and Maypearl (21-25, 25-22, 25-22) enabled the Lady Tigers to win the tournament.
"In the championship game, the team pulled together and stepped up for a big win over Maypearl after they'd beaten us in pool play," Taylor said.
The eighth grade A-team also went the distance. Glen Rose beat Maypearl (25-11, 25-15), Hillsboro (25-8, 25-12) and then Maypearl again in the championship (25-11, 25-11).
Laiken McAnear led the way with nine service points in the championship, while Emma Bozarth (7) was also strong. Breanna Rosentreter and Ally Andress played quality defense for the Lady Tigers.
The junior high B-teams hit the road to compete in the Stephenville Tournament. The seventh grade B-team lost to Acton (12-15, 11-15) and Copperas Cove (10-15, 12-15) before Glen Rose split games with Mineral Wells (15-13, 13-15) and Abilene Wylie.
The eighth grade B-team split with Acton (14-15, 15-12), defeated Mineral Wells (15-9, 15-12), lost to Copperas Cove, defeated Abilene Wylie and then lost to Stephenville (19-25, 15-25) in bracket play.
All these teams returned to action Sept. 30 to host Alvarado. The seventh grade A-team won 25-18 and 25-15.
"We got great play from Natalie Lacey, Nikki McQuesten and Jana Whitfield," Taylor said.
The seventh grade B-team defeated Alvarado 25-21 and 25-14. The eighth grade A-team beat Alvarado 25-6 and 25-1. Emma Bozarth served 24-straight points in the second game.
The eighth grade B-team completed the program sweep with a three-game win: 21-25, 25-23 and 25-20.
On the football field, the eighth grade Tiger A-team played a physical game and endured a 20-18 defeat. Logan Thames and Jake Anderson each scored touchdowns for Glen Rose.
The eighth grade Tiger B-team got defensive in a 14-0 victory. Coach Eric Rodriguez pointed to the steady rushing attack from Briley Green, Abel Hernandez, Ethan Moss and Jose Antonio Rodriguez.
The seventh grade Tigers hung tough in a 14-6 loss to West. Kelton Bernard scored a touchdown on a reverse to get Glen Rose on the board.
While starting running back Weston Halcom had to leave the game due to injury, the Tigers still ran the ball well with Jesse Niedziela, River Costello and Daniel Delagarza. Coach Brad Reedy said the key for his team going forward will be doing a better job of finishing games.