It’s hard to miss the results of the latest high school sports seasons, and the smaller football, soccer and baseball players filling the city’s parks throughout the year are just as obvious. But there’s another group of
young athletes who are out there practicing hard and playing every day that many residents don’t see very often.
Middle school athletes are just that, right in the middle of the other groups. Holtville Middle School and Pine School both have several teams that compete against other junior high schools throughout the Imperial Valley. And a few times a year, they compete against each other for local bragging rights.
The athletic programs fall under the umbrella of the ASES program. The After School Education and Safety Program helps pay for the things the teams need and make it possible for today’s middle schoolers to again play some of the sports that were cut from the budget long ago.
Volleyball and coed soccer are the fall sports that local teams are currently playing. Competition against other schools began at the end of last month. The schools will later transition into winter and spring sports.
The HMS Warriors will be visiting Frank Wright Middle School on Friday afternoon. The Pine School teams will be taking on their counterparts at Meadows Union that same afternoon.