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Members of the PHS volleyball team appear before the school board on Nov. 18 with coach Denee Newton.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Saturday, Nov. 23.

Yesterday, I wrote about the cross-country teams’ appearances in front of the Philomath School Board. The volleyball team, which placed third at state, was also recognized for their accomplishments this fall.

Coach Denee Newton talked about the program’s success.

“They know that I had zero doubt in their ability to go as far as they wanted to go,” Newton said. “I think that the kind of maturing to overcoming fear and doubt and their cerebral, smart-girl tendencies to overthink everything and analyze everything and break it down, they put in so much work to developing a voice and then their voice was heard.”

Newton went on.

“I love these girls. I hang out with them more than I hang out with my own children,” she said. “I don’t know if that says anything about the love that I feel for them, but it’s real and so I’m just so proud of how much they grew.”

Team members on hand for the school board meeting appearance were Emma Pankalla, Ashley Matthews, Abigail Brown, Sage Kramer, Claire Skinkis, Laura Noble, Joelle Berger, Megan Harper, Taylor Roe, Jordyn Foster and Ashlynn Barron.

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Newton shared an interesting little tidbit from the state tournament about a comment that came from a Sisters athlete before their quarterfinal match.

“We’ll start with the captain’s meeting when the Sisters girl said, ‘fourth time’s a charm.’ And the girls were like, ‘that’s an interesting thing to say to us’ and they were right,” Newton said.

To clarify, Philomath was getting ready to play Sisters for a fourth time during the season. Sisters had won the first three meetings.

I actually recall from my post-match interviews with players that someone tried to tell me about this “fourth time’s a charm” comment but I either didn’t quite grasp what she was telling me or it got loud where we were doing the interview and I couldn’t hear everything on the recording. But it all makes sense now.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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