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The Trinity girls volleyball team provided plenty of fall excitement, making it to the state regional semifinals.

By Ryan Gogan

The Trinity Journal

As we move into the winter months, we also begin a new set of sports seasons in Weaverville.

Boys and girls basketball, as well as wrestling, have already begun practice as they gear up for games and meets beginning next month. The boys basketball team will be interesting to watch, as Coach Josh Hamilton looks to an infusion of junior talent to help right the ship following a 2-3 spring season. Watch for soccer standout Cody Crippen, along with his brother, fellow soccer and football star Brody Crippen, to be two of the 11th graders making major contributions to the team. Their raw athleticism could pair well with a distributor like Tom Canfield, also a junior, who was second on the team in assists last season.

Looking to the girls side, the team hopes to follow up an abbreviated 6-0 spring season with a strong showing this year. Junior Brynn Scribner touched on how they might be able to have the same type of success this season.

“Even though we lost two good players last year,” Scribner said, referring to last year’s seniors Julia Norman and Ella Ross, “I think this year with (Coach Jim Bailey’s) coaching we can make it far. He’ll get the most out of us.”

Trinity wrestling welcomes a new head coach into the fold. Josh Plotzke, son of longtime Trinity football announcer Mike Plotzke, will take the reigns of the wrestling program. A THS alum and collegiate wrestler at Sacramento City College, Plotzke has the background required to keep the Wolves competitive in their league.

Junior Cody McIntosh spoke about Coach Plotzke’s style, saying that “he’s implementing a lot of things that I find important to wrestling. Thinking about your match beforehand, not cutting a bunch of weight, and really just enjoying wresting while you’re doing it. It’s a good mix between mental and physical strategy.”

Sara Keating, another junior wrestler, echoed McIntosh’s statements, “He brings a level of respect, I’ve seen that a lot from him already. He’s knows how to give an emotional speech to get us ready mentally for wrestling.”

Fall sports wrap-up

After the 2020 season was mostly derailed by COVID-19, fall sports came back in a big way in 2021 at Trinity High School. Of the three team sports played in the fall, two of them (soccer and volleyball) made the playoffs, while football was in the mix until their final game of the year. The highlight of the season was undoubtedly volleyball, which played their way to a 21-11 record, an appearance in the section championship game, and a deep run in the state playoffs. While they might be the best team in school history, many think the volleyball program is poised to repeat or even surpass this team’s success in the near future.

When asked if they’ll reach the state playoffs again next year, sophomore standout Chloe Albiez left no doubts. “For sure,” said Albiez. “I’m really proud of our whole team, and I can’t wait to go back next year.”

THS’s two individual fall sports also saw tons of success, the pinnacle being the Section Champion boys cross-country team. Anchored by junior Kyle Cox, who just narrowly missed qualifying for the state championship meet, the boys team had an exceptional performance at the section meet, with several athletes recording personal best times to help the team capture a championship.

The Wolfpack swim team also had a season to remember. Junior phenom Kenny Rupp came dangerously close to setting the Northern Section CIF record in the 200 meter individual medley, setting the second highest mark all-time. While he said that he hopes he can repeat his individual success next season, Rupp is always focused on the team, saying “Our team did well, top half of the teams in the section. I think we’ll have a strong team next year.”

High school sports schedule

Nov. 30: Trinity girls basketball at Los Molinos, JV/V, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Trinity boys basketball at Los Molinos, JV/V, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Hayfork girls basketball at Ferndale, 5 p.m.

Nov. 30: Hayfork boys basketball at Ferndale, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 2-4: Trinity girls basketball at Anderson Tourney, JV/V, TBA

Dec. 2-4: Trinity, Hayfork boys basketball at Block F Tournament, Fall River, JV/V, TBA

Dec. 2-4: Hayfork girls basketball at Butte Valley Tournament, Dorris, TBA

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