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Bump, Set, Spike into the Future

Enjoying the results from training, the yellow team, coached by Joel Rineer, stopped celebrating to let fans capture the moment. Top row from left: Abigail Jones, Olivia Miller, Anistyn Grove, Kerrigan Stoner, and Kaelyn Leedy. Bottom row from left:  Kynsleigh Linn, Cheyenne Barnes. 

Preparing for the future of volleyball in the Tuscarora district, Head Coach Erica Piper and JV Coach Jason Ellis created the IGNITE James Buchanan Youth Volleyball Program. Girls in fifth sixth grade have the opportunity to play in organized games. 

The program holds games on Saturdays starting at 10 am. Currently there are 34 girls, divided into four teams. The coaching consists of JBHS Alumni Sarah (Harryman) Shine, Mckenzie Layton, Tyana Quivers, Tiffany (Hunberger) Corl, and Joel Rineer (husband of Erica Piper). 

To accommodate the stature of the youth players, the coaches created accommodations including a shortened court and utilization of a lighter volleyball. 

Coach Piper said, “I am hoping that giving the girls an opportunity to experience the game of volleyball at a young age is going to be beneficial as they play competitive volleyball at the middle and high school level. Not only are they learning volleyball skills, but they are learning the valuable lesson of working together as a team to be successful.” 

Future opportunities at the end of this league include: open gyms, summer league, and summer volleyball camp which had roughly around 78 girls attend this past summer. 

Coach Piper would like to thank the JV and Varsity teams as well as parent volunteers for giving their time on Saturday mornings for the clinic . 

If you have any questions regarding the IGNITE program or about camps, reach out to Coach Piper at [email protected].  

Come out and see the IGNITE fire up the volleyball court. The last game, a tournament style play, will be held on October 14 starting at 9 am.

Picture credit Brandy Linn 




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Izzy Hoffeditz
Izzy Hoffeditz, Staff Writer
Written by Elicia Carrington As a senior Izzy Hoffeditz knows she will be attending Bloomsburg University to play D2 soccer. She has been on James Buchanan's girl soccer team since her freshman year; she has also played on a travel soccer team for 14 years. Izzy said her favorite thing about playing soccer is, “ making those big time saves. That is really important. And I've been on so many soccer teams that I have so many friends from around the state, even out of state, and friends who play in college now. And it's cool to see them grow up and play these big Division One schools.” Every sport has their highs and lows, so I continued to ask Izzy what her least favorite thing about soccer is and she said, “My least favorite part about soccer, I don't really have a least favorite part. There's definitely some things I don't like. Playing in the cold but besides that, I love everything about soccer.”   Since Izzy is a senior I asked what has been your favorite part of high school and she said, “I mean if I had to pick my favorite part of high school. Would probably have to be, definitely sports. You basically get a big group of friends and I'd say going to other sporting events and supporting your other friends who play sports, especially. It was my sophomore year. The volleyball team went to districts, and it was cool to see them win. It was cool to be there and support them.”. Even though Izzy is a very talented athlete, she also enjoys going to Mama's Pizza and hanging out with friends, shoe shopping especially bright pink shoes and Nike Air Max, and taking care of her goats and dog. Izzy has close to 30 goats and her dog is a Doberman and Australian shepherd mix.
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