“They have had a number of players who have injuries during the year, yet they still continued to play through the injuries to come through as a cohesive team,” said Laurel Wilson, whose daughter Claire plays on the team. “All of the parents and the coach and school were proud of them to power through and work really well as a team and get that undefeated status with the things that have come up against them this year.”
Adams, which is coached by Darrin Spencer, plays a 10-game schedule of home-and-home games against Delta Vista, Excelsior, Bristow, Edna Hill and O’Hara Park middle schools.
Making the Yellowjackets’ feat all the more impressive is that “the other teams are very good teams,” said Wilson. “These girls, along with their coach, did an awesome job against tough competitors, and we are very proud of them.”
Helping provide cohesion on a team with stars Sydney Berry and Julia Sanabria is the fact that most of the eighth-graders have been playing together since sixth grade and Spencer has coached them for the past two years. “The whole team, they work very well together for not practicing year-round together,” said Wilson. “They do a really good team effort.”
As most coaches will also tell you, parental support of the team is essential to its success. “A number of parents were there every single game; just a very supportive parent group,” said Wilson, whose 5-foot-9-inch daughter, the tallest player on the team and defensive/rebounding specialist, is undecided on whether she’ll try out for Heritage’s freshman team next year.
Asked if she has anything else she’d like to say about the team, Wilson responded, “They are fabulous.”