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St. Mary’s County Public Schools held its first annual middle school volleyball tournament on Jan. 26 at Great Mills High School.

The schools that participated were Esperanza, Spring Ridge, Margaret Brent, Chesapeake Charter and Leonardtown Middle. They competed in an eight-team tournament, which were divided into two pools and they played each team in their pool twice.

The top four teams from pool play went to the playoffs (Esperanza 1, Spring Ridge 1, Margaret Brent, Esperanza 2A). In the finals, Spring Ridge beat Esperanza in three games.

Spring Ridge came in first place. Spring Ridge’s coaches are Mike Griffis and Tom Hunt. The first-place school received team trophy and individual medals.

Teachers from each middle school volunteered their time to come coach their school’s team, Great Mills volleyball players and parents volunteered to help run the tournament, Great Mills athletic director Brenda Henley, county supervisor of P.E/Health and Athletics Dr. Andrew Roper and Great Mills Principal Jake Heibel helped make the event possible.

Great Mills head volleyball coach Bill Plotner was the tournament director. Plotner plans on making this an annual event for St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

In the front row is Megan Tomasic. In the second row, from left, are Erikah Dozier, Makayla Hudziak, Rose Cepero-Santos and Alicia Young. In the third row, are Adriana Velez, left Rebekah Torgesen, Kylee Wickline, Mya Lopez, Jillian Carty and coach Mike Griffis. Not pictured were coach Tom Hunt and Gillian Haviland.