By David Volz
An undefeated season is a significant accomplishment for any team from the beginner level to the high professional ranks.
The Ramblewood Middle School girls’ basketball team accomplished its 10-0 record with a younger team. Most leading players were seventh graders competing against experienced and talented athletes.
“The team won their division going into the playoffs,” said Diana Guzman, who has helped coach the team and worked with some of the players during the summer. “This is the first time the Ramblewood girls’ team has gone undefeated in at least ten years, and it is a big accomplishment. Last year, the team did not have a winning season.”
One reason Guzman believes the team was so successful was the fact that they played and practiced during the summer. Some played together on travel teams. This helped them gain experience and confidence.
“The girls are very talented and hard-working athletes, and they put in a lot of effort over the summer to achieve success,” said Guzman. “Head Coach Xandria Willingham-Hurst led them to success this season.”
Their first game of the season, against Coral Springs Middle, was a challenge, and they won by one point in the last seconds, according to Guzman. Her daughter Kiara Campbell is a point guard on the team. Guzman also coaches the Bad Girls basketball travel team in the summer. Some of the Ramblewood players were on her travel team.
Leading players include Samantha Hill, Kiara Campbell, Ayailah Daley, Summer Williams, and Alyssa Wan. “All the girls on the team worked hard and contributed,” said Guzman.
The Ramblewood team is preparing for the Broward County Middle School playoffs. They will face Pompano Beach Middle School on Tuesday, November 28.
“It will take teamwork and effort on defense for them to be successful in this tournament,” said Guzman.
There are four rounds in the tournament. If Ramblewood beats Pompano Beach, they will face the game-winner between West Glades Middle and Renaissance Charter at Coral Springs.
- David Volz has worked as a writer in South Florida for 35 years. He has written for the Sun-Sentinel, Hollywood Gazette, School Transportation News, South Dade News Leaders, Observer among others. He has an MA in Communications from Florida Atlantic University and a BA in Communications from Valparaiso University. Volz teaches Communications at Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College. He lives in Coral Springs and enjoys running and participating in 5Ks and half-marathons.
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