The weather is getting colder, the leaves are falling, and sports are moving in doors: The fall sports season is officially over. Football and cross-country had summer workouts while volleyball, cheerleading and softball had club team tournaments all summer long. Then school started, and teams met before and after school to prepare for that week’s competition or game. The sports cliché “you win some, you lose some” can be applied to the fall sports season at Hooch, but luckily, winning occurred more often than not for the Cougars.
Throughout the summer and leading into the fall, there was a decent amount of hype surrounding the football team and all their personnel changes. Unfortunately, Coach Strine and the football squad were unable to make it to the playoffs this season. The Cougars beat region teams North Forsyth, Johns Creek and Habersham en route to a 3-7 record. Although they fell short of a playoff spot, winning their last game of the year at Habersham was a sort of moral victory for the class of 2015.
Just like football, the Hooch Cross-Country team started the year with new coaches. Although the cross-country team did not advance to the state tournament this season, runners Charity Starkes (JR) and Owen Schulinger (SO) both placed in the top 15 at the region meet. The softball squad led by seniors Katie Hegerbarth and Rachel Zachary were also unable to make it to the state playoffs, but were able to win some key region games during the fall.
The only fall sport that managed to make it to the playoffs was volleyball. Following a trip to the state championship last year, Morgan Cocca (SR) and Paige Harrelson (SR) had high hopes for this year as well. Unfortunately, Walton High School once again ended their state ring hopes early as the Raiders defeated the Lady Cougars at Walton.
Although this fall did not end with any Hooch teams bringing home a state championship, it was full of exciting moments. From last second field goal heroics by Andrew Gray (SR) to another trip to the playoffs by the volleyball squad, it is safe to say that the fall sports campaign was full of exciting moments that will live on in the Hooch highlight reel for years to come.