Low turnout a concern in several Highland sports

By Hailey Lanari
Posted 9/28/22

A struggle on the field and a low turnout have prompted some concerns for Highland’s girls’ soccer program

In August, it was reported that there was not going to be a Highland Junior …

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Low turnout a concern in several Highland sports

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A struggle on the field and a low turnout have prompted some concerns for Highland’s girls’ soccer program

In August, it was reported that there was not going to be a Highland Junior Varsity Girls soccer team due to a lack of interest and the need to put every available athlete on the varsity roster. Since the start of September, however, they have managed to get 14 players to field a team.

The Highland Varsity Girls team has also had a lower number of players, and was still in search of its first win as of Sunday.

There have been efforts in the community to start youth soccer leagues and more interest in the sport, Athletic Director Fran Alfonso reports. There has not been a prominent youth soccer program in many years, which is producing lower participation in older athletes that had not previously had as much exposure to the sport.

The modified and youth soccer programs for Highland girls have been able to attract a large roster of players. This many young players moving up is expected to cause next year’s high school Girls soccer sign ups to be higher than this year.

Highland’s Junior Varsity Boys soccer team has a lower number of players as well, but the athletic department is going to work with the boys they have.

While soccer and girls varsity in general has dealt with a shortage of participants, the Highland tennis and volleyball teams are doing especially well. The Athletic department credits the hard work and support of the team’s respective coaches.

Highland’s Volleyball team is highly competitive. The Huskies are currently 3-1, while the JV team, as of Sunday, had a perfect 6-0 record.

Alfonso has expressed that there is great student participation in all fall sports despite the mid-low numbers in soccer and girls Varsity sports.

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