It has been an outstanding season for Corvallis fall sports, with both girls volleyball and boys soccer winning the OSAA 5A State Championships. Riley Mellinger, a senior and one of the captains of the soccer team, says that winning was an indescribable feeling. “We fought so hard last year and came so close, so finally getting it done means a lot.” For months, the teams practiced for hours on end, and their hard work paid off. Avery Whipple, also a senior and co-captain said, “I think we did well this season, responding well to a few lows we had and obviously finishing strong.” At the beginning of their season, they lost their first game to South Albany, which Whipple said was his biggest regret of the season. Other than that, both players remark that this is exactly how they would’ve wanted their last year of CHS soccer to go.
Kylynn Quinn of the varsity girls volleyball team also said that her senior year season went as close to perfect as possible. Quinn explained that a main reasons for their success was the bond that they shared both on and off the court. “We played for each other,” she stated.
The feeling of winning the final game is a sensation that can’t be described. Taylor Silbernagel, a junior on the volleyball team, described, “Minutes, hours, and even days after the championship it was still an unbelievable feeling.”
For both teams, taking the state title came down to determination and trust in one another and what each player had to offer. “We trusted our skills and training through all the highs and lows, and I think that’s what led us to playing better this year and achieving our ultimate goal– winning state.” said Silbernagel. Mellinger echoed,“I don’t think there was a doubt in anyone’s mind that we would come out victorious, and we believed in each other to the final whistle.”
Many athletes this year are seniors, and although they’re off to do great things, Silbernagel and the other non-graduating players said, “Next season we will all miss the seniors immensely.” Winter sports are already on the go, and the teams are starting to condition and work hard in preparation for the season. Check out the school website for game schedules. Go Sparts!