2023 Season Review
It was another memorable season for the Lady Royals this year! They knew going into the season that they had something special with the senior leadership and the talent the team possessed. Not surprisingly, the end-of-year awards all went to senior players. Aly Kirkhoff was the team MVP. The Mental Attitude Award was given to Gabby Scheil. Ella Guilfoy took home the Leadership Award, and Aubrey Silcox was recognized with the Sportsmanship Award.
The team’s hard work and determination saw them beat top-ranked opponents like Cathedral (twice) and Yorktown (twice), and the Royals were able to take home the trophy in the extremely competitive Providence Tournament. Not to mention, the team won the Circle City Conference Championship, Marion County Championship, Sectional Championship and Regional Championship! The Royals finished the season with a 30-4 record, with three of those losses coming against teams that played in the state championship match. The most memorable moment for Coach Erazmus R’01 occurred during regionals. “Beating Yorktown in the regional championship gave us another week together and the opportunity to play in the Final Four. As one of the smallest schools in 4A, there is some hefty competition, and our girls rose to the occasion. It was a season to be proud of that saw us capture five trophies as a team.”
The end of the season is always hard, but the Lady Royals and their coaches are all thrilled with the recognition players received. Ella Guilfoy, senior Katie Smith, Aubrey Silcox and Aly Kirkhoff were all named Academic All-State. Kirkhoff also earned 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference, Marion County 1st Team and American Volleyball Coaches Association All-District. Junior Logan Bell was also named 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference and Marion County 1st Team. Also recognized with 1st Team All-Conference are junior Mackenzie Kruer and sophomore Addie Haberthy, who also earned Marion County 1st Team.