Varsity Allied Handball ends their season with fun
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Watkins Mill coed Allied handball finished their season 1-5 after an amazing and hard-fought game against the Sherwood Warriors on October 24, losing 28-36.
Even though their season ended with a losing record, the handball team had fun in their own ways during games and at practice. “We have lots of fun during practices and games,” senior manager Bernadette Nwoye said.
In both games and practices, the team works together to get things done with everyone participating. “I like how the team works together to get things done and nobody feels excluded when they’re playing,” Nwoye added.
“I wanted to coach [at Watkins Mill] because in my position, TST, I don’t get the opportunity to form relationships with different kinds of students. I also like the philosophy of unified sports,” new head varsity handball coach Jennifer Mitchell said.
In her first year, Mitchell appreciated every day she got to spend with the team and acknowledged the adversity she might have faced by coaching. Nonetheless, she was determined to show the team a good time as they grew stronger mentally and physically. “I feel the athletes worked well as a team, were very supportive of each other, improved on their skill set, and had a great time,” Mitchell said .
And the students seem to be learning and loving handball as much as she is. Senior Ariel Ortiz loves the enthusiasm and hard work his teammates brings. “Ruben scored 30 plus goals in whatever games he played, and other kids like Timmy do really well too,” Ortiz said.
Senior Edwidge Ndonwi praises the team’s ability to include everyone in the games. “We integrate everyone and everyone has a chance to have fun and play,” Ndonwi said.
Montgomery County is one of the only counties in the entire nation that provides a varsity allied handball program, giving our team a unique opportunity and more importance than they may realize. Handball is always open into having anyone join and sharing their fun with everyone else.
Being on the team is seen as a learning experience and gives student athletes a more diverse aspect on why they love playing and what makes it special to them. Playing together has given the team a growth mentality.
Wolverines can definitely count on seeing the phenomenal handball team compete next year but will never forget the reason they play in the first place: to have fun.