This past week the Campion Academy varsity soccer and volleyball teams took two days off of school to compete at the annual Fall Tournament at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. A total of 14 Adventist academies participated from as far away as Florida and Michigan.
The winners of the tournament were Andrews Academy in soccer and Forest Lake Academy in volleyball. The Campion teams were disappointed with their results, but shared they still enjoyed the chance to compete. The boy’s soccer team won 1 out of 4 games that they played. The girls were very close in many of their games, but sadly didn’t win any. “Even though our team lost, we still had fun.” Dwayne Rey, volleyball manager, shared, “We didn’t let that affect our experience.”
A member from each team was selected as MVP; this year Ariel Patterson and Brayden Marroquin won the awards.
The students left campus on Wednesday afternoon, and after a six-hour drive, they arrived at Union College very late at night to settle in the residence halls. Brayden Marroquin shared, “It was a long drive but we had fun singing the whole way there.”
The varsity teams started their days off with having breakfast in the cafeteria. Afterwards, they all gathered for worship in the gym before the games began. Both the volleyball team and soccer team played 1-2 games a day. They were constantly busy going from one game to another.
Olivia Uphold expressed, “It was really fun, especially since it was my first time playing with this school. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my teammates over this tournament.”
In total the volleyball team played against four teams: Midland, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, and twice against Collegedale Academy. The soccer team played against Hinsdale Academy, Collegedale Academy, Sunnydale Academy, and Ozark Academy.
When the teams weren’t playing they were cheering on other teams and hanging out with friends from other schools. Ariel Patterson expressed that, “ It was really fun to play and watch games, and cheer on the boys. My favorite part was seeing my friends from other schools.”
The students worshiped together with the Union College students on Sabbath and relaxed in the afternoon. The championship games and awards were Saturday night.
Randy Ottschofski, soccer coach, expressed, “I am sad to have the season end, but am very proud of how the teams handled themselves whether in victory or defeat.”
Vashty Segovia Santos, Student News Team