GOWER

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Fall/Winter Sports

Basketball

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball stresses that the main objective at this level is to work on the basic skills of the game as well as to gain valuable practice and game situation experience.  Practice time will be spent developing ball-handling skills, passing, proper shooting technique as well as defensive and offensive strategies.

 

Varsity Boys Basketball is played at a much higher level of quickness and competitiveness than junior varsity basketball.  The basic skills taught at the lower level are still covered in everyday practice.  Skills such as different agility movements, dribbling, passing, and shooting are reviewed.  Game strategy as well as learning and executing different offenses and defenses are emphasized.

 

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball places emphasis on basic skills – such as dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Offensive and defensive schemes are taught and practiced.  Conditioning for game situations is improved as team play is developed.

 

Varsity Girls Basketball continues to develop basic skills.  Major emphasis is placed on offensive and defensive strategies. Players strive for consistent teamwork and overall understanding of the game.  This program is a building block for higher level of play.

 

Coaches:

Girls: Mr. Greg Hey

Boys: Mr. Kyle Mengarelli

 

(BOYS AND GIRLS)

Level:

J.V. (5th, 6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)

Tryouts:

Fall

 Season:

Girls: September-December

Boys: October-February

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Games:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

The Varsity teams play in the SDEAA conference as well as the IESA state tournament series.

 

Volleyball – Girls

Volleyball is offered at two levels, J.V. and Varsity. As members of the Southeast DuPage Elementary Athletic Association, the goal of our season is to be competitive within our conference. Players will work continually on the basic skills of the game and concentrate on drills utilizing the skills of passing, setting, serving as well as team strategies.

 

Coach: 

Ms. Jennifer Stankiewicz

Level:

J.V. (6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)

Season:

December to March

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Matches:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

Our volleyball team participates in the SDEAA conference and the IESA state tournament series.

Cheerleading

Cheerleading provides an opportunity for members to promote school spirit.  The cheerleaders learn basic cheerleading motions, jumps, and stunts.  They also learn a variety of cheers, chants, and are given the opportunity to create their own.  The cheerleaders cheer at all home basketball games and exhibit the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Level:

J.V. (6th and 7th grades) and Varsity (8th grade)

Tryouts:

Fall

 Season:

October-February

 

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Games:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

Cheerleaders cheer at home basketball games throughout the season and possibly at away playoff games.

 

Chess Team

Chess Team develops individual skills for being successful in matches.  Members work on defensive and offensive strategies, controlling the clock, and notation. The team strives to be competitive within our conference.

 

Coach:

Mr. Michael Curtis

Level:

One team (5th grade through 8th grade)

Season:

November-February

Practices:

1 hr. daily

Meets:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

The Chess Team participates in a Saturday conference tournament at the completion of the regular season and the IESA state tournament series.

 

Scholastic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl team is an excellent way for Gower students to exercise their mind in a competition format.  Students work as a team to answer questions quickly in various categories including social studies, language arts, science, math, current events, and pop culture.

Grade level:

5, 6, 7, 8

Length of activity:

Jan – April

Meeting time:

3:15- 4:00 p.m. (does not include competitions)

 

Wrestling

Wrestling is a sport that combines strength, speed, will power and technique. Members start out in the program learning basic moves and progressively learn more advanced moves and strategies.  Participants learn, practice, and compete with other wrestlers in their weight class.

 

Coach:

Mr. Michael LaValle

Level:

One team (5th grade through 8th grade)

Season:

November-March

Practices:

2 hrs. daily

Meets:

Begin at 4:15 pm

Other:

The wrestling team participates in the SDEAA conference and the IESA state tournament program.

Note:

This is a “no-cut” sport.