By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Talk about a nice little transition.
With Kate Trimble moving on to Silverton, Scio hired 2015 Stayton High School Graduate Cheyanna Summer.
But, even though she’s still relatively fresh out of the High School scene, the Eagle-graduate Summer has hit the Club Volleyball circuit over the past three years with 18U and 16U teams to help her get familiarize with the age group and that what high-end competition looks like with her walking into her first High School season as coach.
“It definitely helped me a lot because I coached older girls in club, I was at 18U-level and 16U so the competitiveness was there and it helped me transition from player to coach,” said Summers as her team prepares for the Western Christian (formerly Western Mennonite) jamboree Thursday morning.
Summers is walking into a Lady Logger program that recently lost eight seniors in girls like Daija Smith, Katelyn Gray, McKenzie Reger and Makenna Cooper from their second straight trip to the Field of 16.
But they are too returning a solid core of girls with seniors in Jayden Driver, Kasidee Parazoo and Riana Martin, junior Aspen Schudel along with young girls like Bailey Davis and Laurel Otto who saw some action at the Varsity level last year with Scio moving from the old-look PacWest Conference to the new-look PacWest Conference. Alexus Franklin is making the move up from Junior Varsity as freshman Ryllie Mycintire and Olivia Betty are the two frosh on the Varsity roster.
And with those returning, its going to be important for them to show the youngsters how it’s done as the season is about to begin with the jamboree and the first official game starting August 28 at Colton at 6pm.
“It’s definitely going to be important experience wise, especially if we do make it to playoffs. It’s a whole different scene, a whole different level of nerves out there,” said Summers who was part of the Eagles team who reached the play-in round in the 2013-2014 season as a junior. “So we’re definitely counting on our returners this year to kind of spearhead and lead in a way of the effort and the hustle that they put out on the court.”
But one thing is for certain, it’s going to be an interesting game when Cheyanna’s Scio team takes on her mom Julie’s Regis’ team at the Eagle Volleyball Classic at East Linn Christian Academy on September 15 as the season starts.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald