• On Oct. 21, the seventh-grade Oakridge Middle School Lady Eagles suffered a disappointing loss to Dutchman Creek for the conference championship. Coming in second in the conference, the girls started off the night slowly. Dutchman Creek dominated the first set, while Oakridge struggled to fight back. Regrouping and resetting, OMS fought hard in the second set, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. The team was led by Adrienne Ehrnschwender at the net and Taylor Blake in hitting. The Lady Eagles finished their season 10-2, earning them first in their division and second in their conference.
• On Oct. 22, the eighth-grade OMS team traveled to Dutchman Creek to play in the first and second rounds of the tournament. The girls started out their night with a bang, defeating Saluda Trail in two amazing sets, 25-7 and 25-15. Brooklyn Thomas, Haley Beaudoin and Jackie Van Slambrook led the team in serves, while Delani Nagy added some strong hits.
After defeating Saluda Trail, the girls faced a strong Dutchman Creek team, defeating them in two out of three sets. In the first set, the Lady Golden Eagles squeezed by, winning 26-24. Brooklyn Thomas had key serves, while Amber Lipscomb and Madison Lybrand played a strong game at setter, setting up their teammates and tipping the ball. In the second set, the girls let Dutchman Creek take the lead early on and were unable to come back, losing 25-15. Lena Herold and Sydney Beatham had great back row passes, and Anna Transou had strong hits at the net. In the third set, OMS came out strong, sealing the win with a score of 15-0. Brooklyn Thomas stepped up and served 15 points in a row, and combined with sets from Madison Lybrand and hits from Bonnie Lee and Savannah Bryant, Oakridge took home the win.
• The Oakridge Middle School seventh-grade football team Oct. 23 defeated Clover Middle School, 14-6. Chance Woodworth scored on a 45-yard run and Antonio Mitchell returned a fumble 50 yards for a score. Billy George recorded the 2-point conversion.
• The eighth-grade OMS team lost Oct. 23 to Clover, 32-0. Oakridge couldn’t get anything going on offense and struggled to move the ball throughout the game. The defense did not play well early on, but after making adjustments at halftime, played much better for the remainder of the game. Roderick Johnson and Connor Owens made several tackles for the Golden Eagles, and Jordan Sebert blocked an extra point. Owen Johnson did an excellent job returning kicks on the night, almost breaking one of them for touchdown.
Both teams head into conference play Wednesday, Oct. 30. Eighth-graders are away, while seventh-graders are home.