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Crandon Girls Volleyball Score Big

While the girls volleyball successful season came to an end on October 24th “against a tough Oconto Blue Devil team, the Lady Cardinals kept their heads up, literally, and fought until the very end in their regional competition. The coaches can’t say enough how proud we are of the entire high school volleyball program this year. We had so much fun watching you compete, improve your technique, learn the game and be complete goofballs every step of the way,” as shared on a post on the Crandon Cardinal Volleyball Facebook page.

Photo from the Crandon Cardinal Volleyball Facebook page

The October 24th Facebook post continued, “Thank you to the incredible parents who cheered us on and made sure we were ready for every game. Thank you to all the fans and Cardinal Crazies who traveled near and far or packed the home court to support the team.

Thank you to the underclassmen for stepping up when you were asked, continuing to ask questions wanting to learn, and keeping practice and games full of energy. Now it’s the off-season. Now it’s time to put the work in. What kind of volleyball do you want to play next season? The time and work you put in now decides that. Juniors, you’re the leaders now. It’s not about telling underclassmen what to do. Set the example. Continue working with everyone on the team to work towards next year’s goals.

Most of all thank you to the outstanding group of seniors, Anjelina, Brandi, Grace, Leah, Lindsay, Lynzee. Every one of you have been such amazing leaders for this program and have been a key factor to this year’s success. Your commitment and passion for this sport will truly be missed.”

A previous Facebook post noted, The last time the volleyball program won a Regional set was in 2012. Last time we won a Regional match was in 2005. Last time we won a Regional title was in 1987.”

The team had a stellar season, finishing in third place with 10 wins and four losses for the season. Overall, the team had 28 wins, a school record. Their win in the first round of the 2019 Regionals against Weyauwega-Fremont made Cardinal volleyball program history!

Four Tribal Members were among the Team leaders, and include:

                                                                                         Bella Toyebo                        Anjelina Lyons
Bella Toyebo, a Freshman. Bella received a Varsity Letter award, the Most Improved award, and the Milky Way Team award for always reaching for the stars on every block.

Anjelina Lyons, a Senior. Anjelina won a Varsity Letter award, the Sharpie award for making a permanent mark on the team, and the Bit O Honey Team award for always being so sweet and hard working.

Lynzee McGeshick, a Senior. Lynzee received a Varsity Letter award, an All-Conference award, and the Life Saver Team award for always being there to lend a helping hand.
Tabitha Renkas, a Senior. Tabitha hit her 1,000 career points on Friday, December 6th, at the first home conference game against White Lake. Crandon won 100 to 10.

Tabitha Renkas (left) and Lynzee McGeshick. Photo courtesy of Tiffany McGeshick.

“In middle school, I made a list of goals with my Traveling Team Coach, Larry Palubicki. One of them was to go to state, another one was to score 1,000 points, and another one was to go to college for basketball. Having a goal for so long and finally accomplishing it, is one of the best feelings in the world. Scoring 1,000 points lifted a weight off of my shoulders and I will now be able to play with ease knowing I got it out of the way. The next goal is to beat the school record,” Tabitha shared.

“My plan after high school is to commit to a college for basketball. I also plan to major in the psychology field. With many options to choose from and many more to come, I am putting off the decision until the end of my senior season.”

Congratulations to Anjelina, Bella, Lynzee and Tabitha, and the Lady Cardinals on your terrific accomplishments!!