GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Camaraderie is the recurring theme for each of the fall sports teams at Glenwood Springs High School.
Each of the coaches are thrilled about the team chemistry already in place with the volleyball, boys soccer and cross country teams. And each one of them knows how much of a positive impact it can make during the season when there’s little to no drama that ensues outside of the competitive circles the teams play in.
“Everyone gets along,” said Sarah Ryan, who is entering her fourth year as Glenwood’s varsity volleyball coach after two years with the JV squad. “We like drama-free, which helps quite a bit. These girls love playing together.”
Glenwood boys soccer coach Steve White likes the way his boys soccer team gets along, also. With many of his players from last year returning, White feels that year of playing experience will make a world of difference in how his team plays together.
“I think we’ll be much more controlled and possess the ball better,” he said. “That comes from more experience and understanding the system that’s in place and what we as coaches are looking for. That makes this so much more fun.”
That mentality has even trickled into Glenwood’s cross country program, and it could be vital to the Demons as a squad. The 2012 season was the first time in seven years that neither the boys nor girls went to the state meet as a team.
“Right now, everyone is inclusive,” Glenwood cross country coach Mike Schneiter said. “That’s going to be a big key for us, especially if we want to have more than three or four runners be successful this year.”