Fall Sports Preview

Trojan Fall Sports Look to Dominate the 4A in the 2017 Season.

Photo by: Sophie King
Ethan Smith serves against Colonial Heights.

Boys Volleyball

Midlothian High School’s Varsity Boys  Volleyball team is stacked with hard working and passionate players.  All players on the team say that there is always contagious energy at practices and on the court at games.  Although the season started slowly, with a loss against Patrick Henry High School, the boys have been on fire since with a winning streak.  Sophomore Ethan Smith says, “Cosby was our toughest game, and it felt so great when we won.”  Midlo does a great job supporting its Boys Volleyball team with a wild student section at almost every game.  All Trojans, including administrators, faculty, and of course, the students, are all very supportive of the team.  The team hopes for a great rest of the season and plan to make it to states this year.

Girls Volleyball

After a 20 – 7 season last year, the Lady Trojan Volleyball team will fight hard this season to make it to the state championships and hopefully win.  Returning from the 2016 season are juniors, Abbi Leeper and Baylea Botello, and senior, Angelica Esmena.  Although the team lost 5 seniors, they plan to bounce back with freshman defensive specialist, Ella Stroud, freshman middle blocker, Morgan Meyers, and freshman outside hitter, Diana Wesolosky.   Sophomore Mary Hettinger says, “We have a really young team this year, and it is definitely a building year, but we also have a very strong junior class.”.  The ladies take on the Cavaliers from Clover Hill High on September 19, 2017. 


The winds of change have hit the Midlothian High School Football Program with 180 mph gusts, shaking the entire team to its core. The most notable change occurs at the head coaching position. As first-time head coach, Mr. Matthew Hutchings, takes over as head coach with enthusiasm and a can-do spirit. Coach Hutchings has brought a tremendous amount of new life, energy, and camaraderie to the team, and it shows in the team’s performance on the field. On September 1, 2017, the Trojans beat the Powhatan Indians on their home turf, 26-21, for the first time in over 4 years. Led by captains, Kyle Daniluk, Brayden Staib, and Casey Joyce, the re-energized football team now rallies behind a new slogan, Believe, and are already putting the pieces in place to establish a long standing and successful football program. Come out and support the football team by attending the first home game on September 29th at 7:30 pm against Huguenot.

Field Hockey

For Midlothian Field Hockey, a new season brings fresh players and new coaches into the mix. Leanna Hall just stepped in as the new varsity head coach, along with Caroline Freeman as the junior varsity coach. Under their lead, the girls on the team have worked tirelessly during their practices, beginning in the preseason in July. Although many skillful players graduated last year, including Nora Mulroy, who now plays at Colgate, the team has a promising new group of athletes. Captains Zoe Hammond and Megan Merillat, along with goalie, Lindsey Merillat, constantly guide the team with their outstanding skills and game tactics. They also have many talented returning players, including: Katie Patrick, Megan Wunderlich, and Liza Hopper. “We have a strong team bond and an amazing coach,” Emily Muncie, a sophomore on the team, said. Now six games into the season, Midlothian has a record of 4-2. Hopefully this season will be one to remember for Midlothian Field Hockey.

Girls Cross Country

 In the 2017 season, the Trojan Cross Country team will look to get off to a running start from the sound of the gun.  Last year, the Trojans finished 7th in the state.  Returning this year are senior Ashlyn Ferguson and sophomore Annabel Schepker.  The Trojans gained several freshmen this year that plan to finish within a close space to each other.   One of the famous quotes from Coach Stan Morgan, “Never quit, never ever quit,” will hopefully inspire the runners toward a successful season.  Their next race takes place at Pocahontas Park on September 20th, 2017.

Boys Cross Country

As one of the most successful programs throughout Midlothian High School history, the Midlo Boys Cross Country Team, under the coaching of  Stan Morgan, look to achieve the same goal they set for themselves each year: to win states. As perennial contenders to win/place at the state meet, the top runners have worked extremely hard since the beginning of summer to build the endurance and strength needed to compete with the best runners in the state. After last year’s 2nd place finish in the state meet, this year’s runners look to rebound with all eyes focused on November 10th, when some of the most talented runners from across the state will convene at Great Meadows Park to decide the winner of this year’s state meet.