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Middle Park girls soar into softball, volleyball seasons

Ethan Boeckers
For Sky-Hi News
Middle Park High School's first softball team since 2007.
Kris Holinka/Courtesy photo


Fifteen years ago, Middle Park High School had a softball team, but it folded due to budget constraints. In its inaugural season after all of those years, the players, coached by Alex Gallegos, showed up, rallied and represented their school with aplomb. Sixteen girls came out for the team.

The softball team started the season Aug. 27 with a double-header against Resurrection Christian. Their competition would shut them out in both games; 25-0 in the first and 31-0 (a mercy rule) in the second.  

The Panthers played an away game against Platte Canyon next on Sept. 10. This time they took it to four innings but came up short again, losing 21-9 against the Huskies.

Still seeking a win, Middle Park softball is hosting the Englewood Pirates for the homecoming game Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Middle Park’s Cassidy Davis goes up for a spike against Sheridan on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Kris Holinka/Courtesy photo


Coach Kelly Friesen and her volleyball team are on the prowl for a great season. Last year, the Lady Panthers finished 9-13 and were seventh in the 3A/2A Frontier League with a .500 record of 5-5 in league games and major losses. 

The ladies had a rocky start to this season, losing to cross-county rival West Grand and later falling to the Steamboat Sailors. But the team would later go on a tear, beating DSST: Montview in three sets and the Englewood Pirates in four.

The girls used a tough loss to Fort Lupton Sept. 8 at home as fuel to end Jefferson in three sets Sept. 13. Freshman Payton Fosha leads the team in total kills with 30 in only 20 sets played, giving her an average of 1.5 kills per set.

Senior Yanel Galiviz has racked up six total blocks in the Panthers’ last seven games along with fellow senior Ellie Holinka, who has 16 aces on the season from behind the line. Holinka, also racked up a total of 73 digs and 77 assists in just seven games. 

The ladies faced Pinnacle in their Homecoming game on Tuesday, and have seven games left in their season.

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