GOWER

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Winter Sports

Basketball

The basketball team focuses on ball-handling skills, passing, proper shooting technique as well as defensive and offensive strategies.

  • Coaches – Mr. Prorok (JV Boys and Varsity Girls), Mr. Hey (JV Girls), Mr. Rehr (Varsity Boys)
  • Two teams: J.V. (5th, 6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)
  • Tryouts: End of October for both teams
  • JV Season: Late October – end of December
  • Varsity. Season: January – end of March
  • Practices: 2 hrs. daily from 3:15 – 5:00 pm
  • Games begin at 4:15 pm
  • Other:  The Varsity team plays in a conference tournament upon completion of the season.

Cheerleading

Cheerleading provides an opportunity for members to promote school spirit at home basketball games and possibly at away playoff games.

  • Coach – Miss Reichle
  • Two squads – J.V. (6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)
  • Tryouts:  Spring of prior year for both squads (5th grade students may try out)
  • JV Season: End of October – end of December
  • Varsity Season: January – end of March
  • Practices:  2 hrs. daily from 3:15 – 5:00 pm
  • Games begin at 4:15 pm

Chess Team

Chess Team develops individual skills for being successful in matches.

  • Coach:  Mr. Sible
  • One team: Open to all 5th grade through 8th grade students
  • Season: Early November – Early February
  • Practices: 1 hr. daily from 3:15 – 4:00
  • Meets begin at 4:15 pm
  • Other:  The Chess Team participates in a Saturday conference tournament at the completion of the regular season.

Scholastic Bowl

  • Coach:  Mrs. Small
  • One team: Open to all 5th grade through 8th grade students
  • Season: January – March
  • Practices: 1 hr. daily from 3:15 – 4:00
  • Competitions with other Conference schools begin at 4:15 pm

Wrestling

Wrestling is a sport that combines strength, speed, will power and technique.

  • Coach – Mr. Rudnik and Mr. Knight
  • Level:  One team (5th grade through 8th grade). This is a “no –cut” sport
  • Season: Early November – mid March
  • Practices:  2 hrs. daily from 3:15 – 5:00 pm
  • Meets begin at 4:15 pm
  • Other:  The wrestling team participates in the Illinois Elementary School
  • Athletics program.  Through this program wrestlers may qualify for the State meet via regional and sectional competition.  Friday night and Saturday tournaments are part of the wrestling schedule