The Raymore-Peculiar High School fall sports season has ended.
Eight — yes, eight — different sports comprise the fall term. Football, softball, volleyball, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, girls’ golf, boys’ swimming, and cross country all occupy the first months of the school year and covering each of the teams is quite a challenge for The Journal’s sports “department.”
All in all, it was a decent season for each of the Ray-Pec squads, with two teams winning their District and some individuals putting on solid performances.
Softball: The Lady Panthers won their District for the second straight year in 2013. Ray-Pec had not enjoyed a softball District Championship since 2005 before Emily Ross and Bekah Mueller helped the team get back into winning form. The big challenge for the team going forward will be figuring out how to replace All-Region seniors Ross and Mueller.
Cross Country: Ray-Pec’s boys and girls long-distance running teams were impressive this year. The teams not only won their District for the first time in history, but they qualified for State for the first time as well. For the State results see the 11/14 edition of The Journal.
Volleyball: Even though the Lady Panthers fell victim to an atrocious October before Disticts (going 2-9), the girls made it to the District Championship game before they lost to Lee’s Summit West for the second straight year. The team should improve next year, as the team is fairly young and has gotten two straight years of championship game experience.
Boys’ Swimming: Ray-Pec High School doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a swim team power house. This year, however, the boys’ swim team won two tournaments to the surprise of many. For not having their own pool, the team is making great strides.
ROOM TO IMPROVE
Football: Class 6 has not been kind to Raymore-Peculiar since the school made the jump in 2010. The Panthers’ record over the last four seasons is 20-22 (4-5 Districts). This year Ray-Pec had to battle key injuries to stay competitive but were unable to string wins together. The bright side for the football team is that junior Isaiah Truss will return next year as a senior hopefully even better than his impressive 2013 campaign.
Girls’ Tennis: The tennis squad improved on their 5-9 2012 record but failed to reach .500 this year, finishing the season 6-8. After a dominating win over Belton in the first round of Districts, the girls fell to Notre Dame de Sion 1-5 in the District Semifinal.
Boys’ Soccer: The soccer team salvaged what they could this season after starting the year 0-9 in non-tournament games. The team’s bright spot came in the Jeff City Classic Tournament where the Panthers beat three Class 5 teams to take the tourney gold. The soccer team lost in the first round of Districts to Rockhurst 3-0.
Girls’ Golf: Sophomore Sophia Sadaro paced the Lady Panthers’ golf team for the second year in a row. Sadaro finished second in Districts and was the only golfer who qualified for State.