The Solanco volleyball team has spent the two previous seasons setting a foundation.
Now it's time to see what the Mules can construct.
"We're still in the building process but I have set the bar pretty high because we have tons of talent," Solanco coach Meghan Cross said. "It's a motivated group who wants to play. They've been working well together. We still have a young team. I look forward to the next couple of years. This team will continue to grow in their confidence and their volleyball."
Approximately 60 aspiring soccer players spent four nights "Kickin' It with the Mules" at the Solanco Soccer Camp.
Boys and girls entering kindergarten through sixth grade honed their skills June 24-27 under the direction of Solanco High coaches and players.
"It's just a really great week for building relationships and rapport between the younger kids and the older kids," Solanco girls soccer coach Ken Yoder said.
Solanco soccer alumni who graduated in even number years beat those who graduated in odd number years during the annual alumni soccer game on Saturday afternoon, August 15.
The Solanco boys soccer team made history last week. Even they are not sure how much.
According to coach Ron Miller, the Mules won three games in a row for the first time in over a decade. Their two-game win streak was the longest in eight years. And Solanco defeated Garden Spot for the first time in school history.
The way they won the games was just as remarkable.
The Solanco girls soccer team dropped a pair of games last week.
Garden Spot downed the Mules 6-2 last Thursday.
Solanco took a 1-0 lead when Molly Briggs buried a free kick from 22 yards out.
For at least the last 15 years, the terms "high expectations" and "Solanco boys soccer" have not been used in the same sentence with any regularity.
In 2014, coach Ron Miller firmly believes he has a team worthy of lofty goals.
Last year, Solanco earned its first section victory in five years and seven of its losses came by one goal.
Buoyed by eight returning starters and an infusion of ultra-talented underclassmen, the deep Mules fully expect to turn that around.
Alumni of the Solanco soccer program held their fifth annual game at the high school on Saturday afternoon, August 2. More than two dozen players turned out for the game, which drew about 40 spectators. Additional photos are at www.heraldandchronicle.com.
The Solanco girls soccer team earned its second win of the season before losing the season finale.
Manheim Central downed the Mules 2-0.
"We had possession in their half but we missed some chances and it came back to hurt us," Solanco coach Rob Bramble said. "Overall there was some improvement in the girls' play."
Solanco routed Lebanon 7-1 Tuesday, October 8.
Rauna Curry-Saner tallied twice for the Mules and Megan Bleacher, Becca Trimble, Anna Shoemaker, Taylor Fabian, and Abby Yoder each added a goal.
Shoemaker headed home a pass from Molly Briggs.
Alexis Garnica made several nice passes which led to goals.
Bramble is encouraged by the play of his mostly inexperienced squad.
"I saw some improvement in the way we played and the competitiveness of our squad," the coach said. "The reality is most of our players are underclassmen and will be more experienced next year. I'm strongly encouraging them to play in offseason tournaments on travel teams or at some level. I think next year the improvement will be reflected more in games won."
The Solanco girls soccer team recorded its first victory of the season last week.
The Mules mauled Lebanon 7-1 last Wednesday.
Molly Briggs and Amanda Herr each tallied twice with one of Briggs' goals coming on a penalty.
Rauna Curry-Saner, Taylor Fabian, and Gia Cannizzaro each added a goal.
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An exclusive photograph and story will be printed in the September 17 issue of The Chronicle.