Fall sports gear up for a fresh season

2021 Fall Sports Preview

Photo by: Zoe Kopidis
Midlo volleyball looks to build in the 2021 season.

On February 15, sports tryouts began for the 2021 fall season. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these sports will experience a condensed season. Although there will be fewer spectators due to distancing guidelines, the teams look forward to an equally intense season with a game-packed schedule and the regular playoffs.

Girls Volleyball: 

The Midlo Girls Volleyball team looks to continue their success, which includes their run to states two years ago. Last year, the team finished 18-7 and 4th in the 5B regions. The team lost five seniors in the 2019-2020 season, including Mary Courtney Hettinger and Olivia Ibanez. However, the team is expected to have 10 returning players, featuring seniors Diana Wesolosky and Morgan Meyers. New additions to the team include freshmen Hannah Ball, Alex Mazulewicz and Adi Zang.  

Boys Volleyball:

Midlo Boys Volleyball said goodbye to eight seniors in the 2019-2020 fall season including Carson Parrish and Ryan Monahan. The team finished with an 11-8 record during last season, but look for improvement this coming season under the leadership of Coach Ian Wajciechawski. This year’s team will feature seniors Jack Dillon, Zach Hinz, Zach Vanderslice, and Cubi Nyguen.  

Field hockey: 

Midlo field hockey returns to the field this season with a strong senior lineup. After losing captains Liza Hopper and Kelsey Seiler, standout captain junior Kaitlyn Moore will look to lead the team once again along with seasoned seniors Lily DeBruycker, Riley Martin, Kelly Livingston and Charlie Wilkensen. Midlo also welcomes a new starting goalie, junior Hannah Lucidi, who will replace graduate Seiler. After striking out in the first round of the 5B Regionals in 2019, this season the team looks to make it further into the playoffs under the direction of Coach Rebecca Lowe. 


Golf returns in full swing under the leadership of Coach John Pruitt. This season, the team loses Gavin Holloway, the previous third seed. The team will look towards senior leader Ester Choi as a Division 1 commit to University of Detroit Mercy. Last year, Choi progressed to the State Championship and placed 6th out of 69 competitors. Coach Pruitt hopes to build on her skills and pursue winning the 2021 State Tournament. The team also sees promise in Joseph Weinstein as his love of golf and work ethic will make him a key contributor to the team this year. In regards to team depth, Pruitt says, “I am hoping some of our younger players from last year can take a step forward in their progression. If they do, it can be a successful season for us.”


Starting preseason conditioning months in advance, the Midlo football team began tryouts on February 15 and decided the 2021 roster. In the 2019 season, the team finished 3-7 and fell short of the playoffs. Although losing some graduate team members including Jamal Davis and Trey Gholson, the team looks to seniors leaders including Virginia Tech commit Kameron Olds. This season, the team looks to build and progress into the playoffs under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Hutchings. 

Girls Cross Country: 

The Midlo Girls XC team will undoubtedly make huge waves this season. After only losing one senior, Annabel Schepker, the team looks to rebound from their State Runner-Up finish at the 2019 VHSL Class 5A State Cross Country Championships. Along with new addition Megan Lamberson, returning runners include Gabriella Garcia, Kylie Bonser, Caroline Bowe, Katherine Krievs, Chloe Martin, Lena Caffall and Nicole Quiram. Captains Caffall and Bowe have led the team to past victories, indicating that there are more to come.

Boys Cross Country

The 2021 XC Season will be a rebuilding season for the Midlo boys; the team lost seniors and top performers Ben Scott, Austin Bergh, Joey Maguire, and Karsten Weeks. However, returning runners include CJ Mierchuck, Michael Wunderlich, and Brian Tavenner. While the team may look to rebuild, captains Tavenner and Will Gardner look to take the team to states.