What a year for Smyrna Middle School athletics!
SMS produced four undefeated teams during the 2007-08 school year.
The Eagles did it on the soccer field, on the wrestling mat, on the basketball court and on the softball diamond.
An undefeated season is something special.
Athletes remember it for the rest of their lives because it’s so rare and so difficult to accomplish.
But going undefeated certainly hasn’t been out of reach for the student athletes at Smyrna Middle School.
The SMS Eagles did it four times this school year.
They did it on the soccer field, on the wrestling mat, on the basketball court and on the softball diamond.
In the fall, the SMS boys’ soccer team coached by Eric Teel posted a 10-0-1 record. The Eagles outscored their opponents 55-9.
In their final game, the Eagles came from behind and beat Dover Central 2-1 to preserve their undefeated season.
Smyrna’s lone tie was a 2-2 draw against Fifer Middle School in the third game of the season, but when they met for the second time of the season, the Eagles dominated the rematch 7-0.
In the winter, the SMS wresting squad also completed a perfect season with a 10-0 record. That’s nothing usual for coach Steve Stewart’s crew.
The SMS wrestlers have gone undefeated six seasons in a row now.
They’re in the middle of an amazing streak of 68 consecutive dual meet victories. It’s been seven years since they lost a dual meet.
The perfect record earned by this year’s wrestling squad was the 20th undefeated season in the history of the program, which dates back to 1971.
But the wrestlers weren’t the only undefeated team at SMS during the winter season.
The boys’ basketball team, led by coach James Kiger, beat every opponent on its schedule and compiled a 12-0 record.
To top it off, the Eagles added to their accomplishments at the Capital Classic invitational tournament in Dover.
Smyrna emerged victorious against a pair of strong upstate teams and won the championship in the tournament’s top bracket. The Eagles finished the season 14-0.
This spring, Smyrna Middle School got its fourth undefeated team of the year.
The SMS softball team, coached by Laura Vodvarka, recently capped off its second straight undefeated season with an 11-0 record. The Eagles also finished 11-0 last season.
Both years, the Smyrna girls easily dominated the majority of their opponents.
The Eagles outscored their opponents by a combined score of 171-22 this season.
It’s easy to be overshadowed when four teams at your school go undefeated, but the other sports teams at SMS also had great seasons this year.
SMS Principal Pat Williams attributes the school’s success in athletics to a variety of factors.
“We have great coaches and student athletes who work together, and we have the support of the community and the school board and the district,” he said.
Williams said that success on the field or court or wrestling mat tends to translate into success in the classroom. It also has an impact on school spirit.
“It’s great to see our student-athletes wearing their Eagles red and white on game days,” Williams said.
He also said the Smyrna School District’s five core values are interwoven in athletics.
“The number one lesson truly is perseverance and developing a strong work ethic,” Williams said.
You don’t need to go undefeated to learn these lessons, but this year’s display of excellence is evidence that the student athletes at SMS are learning the value of working hard and working together.
“I’m just very proud of the kids,” Williams said. “They really did a tremendous job this year – all of the teams.”