• On Sept. 12, Oakridge Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams started the season off with a bang vs. Fort Mill Middle.
The seventh-grade girls won their match by dominating two out of three sets with scores of 25-11, 12-25 and 15-8. The first set was driven home by a run of 20 serves by Adrienne Ehrnschwender. Those serves combined with hitting from Jamie Allen and Shia Jones brought the Lady Golden Eagles to a strong victory for their first game.
The eighth-grade girls defeated Fort Mill in two out of three sets. After winning a strong first match 25-19, the girls fell short in the second match losing 20-25. In the final match, the girls were down 9-14, but Lena Herold’s serves led the team to come back to win 16-14. Lena Herold and Anna Transou led the team in serving and Brooklyn Thomas and Madison Lybrand led the team in digs.
• On Sept. 11, OMS eighth-grade football team started off the season on the right foot by defeating Castle Heights at home 28 to 14.
Castle Heights struck first going up 6 to nothing early in the first quarter, but OMS responded with a 35-yard touchdown run by Bent Prikker. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 6-6.
Castle Heights scored next on a 60-yard run by their quarterback, and they were able to take the lead 14-6. With time winding down before the half, the Golden Eagles struck back with Landon Albrick running into the end zone from 25 yards out. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, and Oakridge found themselves down 14-6 at halftime.
Oakridge got the ball to start the second half and wasted no time scoring, when Landon Albrick trucked right over a Castle Heights defender on his second trip to the end zone – this time on a 60-yard run. On the 2-point conversion, Bent Prikker was able to keep his balance, and on his second effort, he was able to punch it in. Oakridge was up 20-14 after three quarters of play.
The Oakridge defense came up big in the fourth quarter getting big stops when it mattered most. After a turnover on downs, the Golden Eagles marched down the field again. OMS was facing a fourth down and 12, when Mikey Angelou hit Cole Woodworth with a pass for a 20 yard gain for a first down. Bent Prikker capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Will Griffith found his way into the end zone on the 2-point conversion.
The defense played well in the second half, pitching a shut out and holding the Castle Heights Knights to only 14 total points. The Oakridge defense had 4 takeaways on the night. Roderick Johnson recovered two fumbles, Aaron Le recovered one fumble, and David Saleeba had an interception late in the game to seal the victory.
On Sept. 11, OMS’s seventh-grade football team lost 38-8 to Castle Heights. Wade Birkenbach scored the touchdown with Dalton Douglas adding the conversion.
Blake Keffer and Chance Woodworth connected on several good pass plays to secure first downs.
Oakridge Middle School posts the fall sports schedule with games starting at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
• Sept. 18, York, away
• Sept. 25, Springfield, away
• Oct. 2, Banks Trail, home
• Oct. 9, Fort Mill, away
• Oct. 16, Gold Hill, away
• Oct. 23, Clover, home (stadium)
• Oct. 30, Conference Tournament, away
Head coach: Dan Kozlowski.
Assistant coaches: Craig Elliott, Daniel Beels.
• Sept. 18, York, home
• Sept. 25, Springfield, home
• Oct. 2, Banks Trail, away
• Oct. 9, Fort Mill, home
• Oct. 16, Gold Hill, home
• Oct. 23, Clover, away
• Oct. 30, Conference Tournament, home
Head coach: Charles Greene.
Assistant coaches: Ricky Blackman, Jeff Rolf.
• Sept. 17, Clover, home
• Sept. 19, Banks Trail, away
• Sept. 24, Springfield, home
• Sept. 26, Gold Hill, away
• Sept. 28, Bearcat Invitational, Rock Hill High School
• Oct. 1, Fort Mill, home
• Oct. 3, York, away
• Oct. 8, Clover, away
• Oct. 10, Banks Trail, home
• Oct. 15, Springfield, away
• Oct. 17, Gold Hill, home
• Oct. 21, seventh-grade Conference
• Oct. 22, eighth-grade Conference
• Oct. 24, eighth-grade Conference, Dutchman Creek
Eighth-grade coach: Emily Talarico
Seventh-grade coach: Missy Tiernan