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Sports at Mount Vernon High School are full of ambition, hard work, and teamwork. These articles showcase our hardworking athletes and their accomplishments. Our staff writers perform interviews with our athletes and coaches.

 
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Spurgeon, Stradley, Blackenhorn advance to the state tournament

MV Wrestlers continue with success at the districts

On paper wrestling is one of the quickest sports from start to finish, but ask any wrestler how long nine minutes actually lasts.
Mount Vernon had 10 wrestlers advance to the district tournament last weekend and at the end of the day three wrestlers and one alternate advanced to the state tournament.
Senior Colton Spurgeon finished as runner-up this weekend in the 126 weight class. Spurgeon ended the weekend 3-1 and is ready to stand on the podium.
“My expectations are to be on the top this weekend,” said Spurgeon. “I have worked hard and I am as prepared as I can be.”
Spurgeon is the most decorated of the Jacket team headed to state as he is now a three time state qualifier and is a returning state placer.
Senior Nate Stradley punched his ticket as he finished districts in third in the 285 weight class. Stradley won a thriller in overtime advancing to the quarterfinals but lost his quarterfinal match. Stradley battled his way back through the consolidation bracket winning two and finishing third.
“I have one goal in mind and that is to go crazy. I plan to be on that podium,” said Stradley.
Sophomore Brock Blankenhorn, the bookend to Stradley, finished fourth in districts in the 106 weight class. Blankenhorn started the tournament off quickly with a pin in his first match but fell in the second round.
Blankenhorn faced an uphill battle as he needed to win three to secure his spot in the state tournament and three he won. He also has lofty goals for the state tournament. 
“My goal is to get that first match out of the way and get a second shot at that Brecksville kid and then go from there,” said Brecksville.
Senior Dylan Hartman finished fifth at the districts and will serve as the alternate in the 113 weight class. Hartman has a chance to fill a spot if a wrestler does not make weight or is injured before the tournament starts.
The OHSAA State Tournament will be held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center and will start on Friday, March 11.
Nine minutes seems like a small amount of time to find success but all three Yellow Jackets plan to use their time wisely.

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MVHS Sports

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Sports at Mount Vernon High School are full of ambition, hard work, and teamwork. These articles showcase our hardworking athletes and their accomplishments. Our staff writers perform interviews with our athletes and coaches.

 
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Heart over Mind

By Colton Spurgoen

  The 2021 girls volleyball season came quickly and felt like it ended even quicker. From the beginning of the season away scrimmages to the first home games. The environment was shocking to most of the girls at the time, some were not expecting the packed gym full of rowdy fans and the surprising size of the student section.

    For senior libero Lilly Erb, it wasn’t about the crowd and the crowd and all the commotion, she had goals for the season, “ My personal goals for the season were to reach 400 digs and to only miss 10 serves,” Erb added.

    To head coach Townley it was not all about the wins and losses in the season. Coach Townley topped it off with a statement I have not heard from any other sports teams. When asked her expectations on the season she stated that the team wanted to, “ Keep bettering our culture.” 

    On the court, the girls finished their season with a 14-10 record going 9-3 in the OCC. The overall favorite game of the year was their away game against Centerburg, another Knox County school. “ The energy was high and the environment was really fun, it was a high-intensity game,” Townley added.

    Their toughest loss to take in could have been one of their best and hardest played games of the year. The second game against Mansfield Madison was a very hard-fought game, starting slow being down two sets did not break the team. They pulled together and fought back to the fifth and final set, they ended up losing 15-11. 

    “ The girls really battled which made the loss difficult,” Townley stated. Although coach Townley thought this was their toughest loss, senior Olivia Adams believed that their final post-season game against Olentangy Liberty, was the last time on the court for the seniors. 

    To say the least not only this year but volleyball has changed these girls for the better. “ I have met some of my best friends from volleyball and it has only helped us get closer,” senior Ashley Berg replies.

    One of the many ways the girls have become best friends is through the outside of volleyball activities the team does every year to create bonds that will last a lifetime.