Hillcrest athletics start the year off well.

By Zach Nersten, HLA Today

The beginning of Hillcrest fall sports have been nothing but entertaining.  All four teams, which include football, volleyball, and boys and girls soccer, have shown dedication to their school, coaches, and fellow teammates. The fall sports have a way of bonding the players together, and also the fans. By having this bond made early, it strengthens the entire school.

The soccer girls had the opportunity to kick off the fall season first. Their first two games were against Fergus Falls (L 1-3) and Little Falls (L 4-5), where they weren’t able to pull out a victory. Even though they started with a record of 0-2, they’re still optimistic about their season.  “We have a good chance to go farther this year, even though we have less experience,” said senior starter Kristie Thorkildsen. “Our team is coming together a lot quicker this year.”  

Once again, the boys soccer team is looking for another strong season all-around. Bemidji was their first task of the season, and in the end, the Comets squad conquered over their opponent by the score of 2-1. The team’s home opener then lead into their first away game against Little Falls, but they weren’t able to pull out the win as they lost 0-2. The team has many fun and talented guys to watch, which should make it a great season.

The volleyball team started the year off against two tough opponents. Oak Grove and Pelican Rapids were two good matches for the Comet girls to see where they stand. They got shut out in both, but are still working hard and will continue for the rest of the season. In addition, the coaching aspect of the team has completely changed this year. Laura Skaret has stepped in as the varsity head coach, while Trevor Undseth is the JV/assistant coach and Laurie Draxton is an assistant coach. 

Friday night football is back at Hillcrest. The Comets took on Ortonville last Friday, and won it in thrilling fashion by the score of 22-15. Sophomore Vinnie Veum commented, “My favorite part of the game was Gene Twedt’s amazing throw down field to Taylor Isaac to win the game.”

Hillcrest sports are played to honor our Lord Jesus Christ to the fullest. Every team is looking for a successful season, but has the main goal of glorifying God by how they play.