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From the Athletic Director’s Desk

What a great atmosphere we had on campus this past weekend as our middle school volleyball teams, football team and swim team all had home contests on Saturday. While our teams might not have faired well, the energy and buzz on campus was a fantastic introduction to the support of the WPS community. I would personally like to thank everyone who took part in making sure that everything ran as smoothly as it could. 

As we move through the fall sports season, we must remember that being a spectator is not easy. Watching from the stands as your son or daughter struggles can release uncommon emotions or rekindle your own childhood competitiveness of youth sports. Both positive and negative comments from the stands can produce undue stress on your child, other team members, and coaches that can ultimately make the game experience painful. Making discouraging comments from the stands can have negative, unintended effects that can impact how your child views authority figures and the game itself. We must all work together to ensure that our kids learn to enjoy the process of each season, which includes the ups and downs as well as the learning opportunities. As our children navigate through middle and high school athletics, we as adults, need to focus on making sure that our children are learning the life skills necessary to succeed in their adult life. I am always reminded of the quote, “lose the game, never lose the lesson.” Let’s make sure that we are helping our children enjoy sports and all the good that goes with it. ~ Patrick Hollern, Athletic Director

Week in Review: September 2 - September 8

Girls’ Volleyball: On Thursday night our girls’ volleyball team hosted Ocoee HS and came away with a 3-0 win over the Knights. Natalie Work had 15 kills, Caterina Camilli added 6 kills, and Cayman Scaletta had 30 assists for Windermere Prep, who improved to 2-2 on the season. The junior varsity team also earned a 2-0 win. 

Football: The varsity football team fell to The Master’s Academy, 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers fell behind 31-0 at the half, but continued to compete in the second half as the team fell to 1-2 on the season. 

Girls’ Golf: The girls’ golf team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 169-195 win over Montverde Academy. Mi Li was the team medalist with a round of 34. 

Boys’ Golf: The boys’ golf team had the week off last week. 

Swim and Dive: The boys’ and girls’ swim teams opened their season against state powerhouse Trinity Prep. The girls were defeated 716-622 and the boys fell 731-441. The scores do not indicate how competitive our teams were in the season openers. 

Cross Country: The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed in the 6th Annual Florida Horse Park Invitational held in Ocala. Eighth grader, Sade Latinen finished in 87th place out of 282 participants in the girls’ varsity division. The boys’ junior varsity team finished 10th out of 26 teams.