The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper


Vol. 16 No. 12 - January 20, 2016

sports

Island girls rock the pitch at St. Stephen’s

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Monica siMPSON | SUBMITTED

Left to right: Demi Harms, Jaclyn Schlossberg,
Emma Laade and Leah Schlossberg. Not pictured
is Mikayla Woodard.

With the close of another soccer season, the Saint Stephen’s Falcons middle school girl’s soccer team found themselves with another winning season. Five of those girls hit the ground running on the Island before crossing the bridge to wear Falcon green.

Lead by team captain Jaclyn Schlossberg, the Lady Falcons finished this year with six wins and one loss. Supporting players Demi Harms and Mikayla Woodard, also eighth-graders, contributed to the on-going and growing success of the team. Stepping up to clearly indicate the future positive development of the team were seventh-graders Emma Laade and Leah Schlossberg.

All five of these talented girls attended and finished their elementary school years at Anna Maria Elementary School. For most, the community center paved their athletic paths. Saint Stephen’s is continuing to provide these girls, along with the other 21 players on their team, with the opportunity to hone their soccer skills in the fall sport regardless of their individual levels of play.

In his first season as head coach, Andrew Sopher, Saint Stephen’s math teacher, continued to mold a team that scored 31 goals in the season and only allowed 19 opponent goals. Sopher was assisted by the school’s director of athletics, Lenny Paoletti, and chair of the physical education department, Stephanie Travis.

When the 2016-2017 academic year begins, the eighth-graders will be moving up to make an difference on the junior varsity or varsity squads, while the younger players will continue their winning ways on the middle school team.