2015-03-28 / The Bullhorn

RCS making history in sand

By Hannah Lunsford


Boys’ sand volleyball team members are, front, Daniel Taylor. Back, from left, Christopher Crabtree, Adam Ramsey, Aaron Frisbe and Josh Pleasants. Boys’ sand volleyball team members are, front, Daniel Taylor. Back, from left, Christopher Crabtree, Adam Ramsey, Aaron Frisbe and Josh Pleasants. Sand volleyball has been added to the list of sports at Roxboro Community School (RCS) for the first time in history.

What was once simply a thought has become a reality and has given nine girls the opportunity to broaden their love and interest for volleyball.

Garrison Bowes, Kailey Oakley, Mackenzie Thornburg, Peyton Thornburg, Hannah Hawkins, Grace Hardy, Amber Long, Jordan Taylor and Taylor Winstead compose the official high school sand volleyball team and are led by RCS Testing Coordinator Carrie Hawkins.

Hawkins said Micholene Schumaker, RCS middle school volleyball coach, helped a great deal with getting a team together.

“Sand Volleyball is a growing sport,” said Hawkins. “I brought it up at an administrative meeting and was thrilled how supportive they were. We then had to get it approved by the board of directors.”


Girls’ sand volleyball team members are, back row, from left, Garrison Bowes, Kayleigh Oakley, Amber Long, Grace Hardy, and Jordan Taylor. Front, from left, Mackenzie Thornburg, Taylor Winstead, Hannah Hawkins, and Peyton Thornburg. Girls’ sand volleyball team members are, back row, from left, Garrison Bowes, Kayleigh Oakley, Amber Long, Grace Hardy, and Jordan Taylor. Front, from left, Mackenzie Thornburg, Taylor Winstead, Hannah Hawkins, and Peyton Thornburg. She continued to say that originally, there was just going to be a girls’ team, but junior Daniel Taylor came to her and asked if a boys’ team would be allowed as well. Members of the boys’ team include Christopher Crabtree, Daniel Taylor, Adam Ramsey, Aaron Frisbie, Brandon Pleasants and Josh Pleasants.

With the players in place, “then came the issue of finding a coach,” said Hawkins.

“I asked Christi Gravitte (mother of Peyton and Mackenzie Thornburg) if she would be willing to help – she has been so supportive of our volleyball program — and she agreed,” said Hawkins. “I am excited to say we have a volleyball club with 15 players and Christi and I are having fun figuring it out as we go.”

Athletic Director Pete Tuck said, “I’m thrilled for sand volleyball. It’s great to see our sports expanding and reaching out to students with different interests.”

Currently, RCS is the only school in the county with a sand team. Hawkins said she believes it will help the high school volleyball team become more competitive in the fall because of the skills they will gain from playing sand. She continued to say she hopes this will be an annual sport continuing to grow, not only at RCS, but at other schools in the area as well.

“I am very appreciative to the administration and board for being open to try a ‘new’ sport,” said Hawkins. “The way our athletic program is growing and experiencing success, I hope that we can continue to [present] our students with different options in extracurricular activities!”

All matches are played at Umstead Park in Chapel Hill; the conference is made up of eight schools.

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