Time to give an update on the youngest female of the Apedaile6 crew- Courtney. This year, Courtney has faced new challenges, had some adventures and all the while working hard.
In the spring of last year, Courtney started driving. This was my first official lesson with her in my work parking lot. It brings me a laugh every time- the looks on both of our faces. Let me tell you, the process of teaching a child to drive is terrifying, frustrating, eye opening, but once it all clicks- the benefit of having another driver besides Mom/Dad is SO wonderful!
Courtney celebrated turning 16- with a volleyball ice cream cake. In true fashion, she celebrated with us after having a long volleyball practice at school.
Not only did Courtney start her Junior year, she also switched High Schools to attend the school we are zoned for. It was a decision that was influenced by many factors, but Courtney managed to make the transition seamlessly.
New school, new team. Courtney made the Varsity Volleyball team and played Libero during her school season.
HHS Lady Commandos- Varsity Team
During her volleyball season Courtney gives every practice, game and point her all. For any that have watched her, can testify that she sacrifices her body for the good of the team. Take in point some examples....
and YES, she does wear knee pads.
Legs, forearms and elbows are often filled with bruises and floor burns from diving.
This is the grand prize winner- her hip. This happened during a tournament weekend. I know I couldn't do half of what she does with the heart, passion and effort of Courtney.
Hard work pays off! Defensive player of the year- holding her plaque with her school coach,
As the year progressed, we prepared for Courtney's driving test. Like most things in life, we needed to wait until later in the year to schedule around volleyball. We re-enacted the first drivers lesson as we drove around the neighborhood that the drivers test takes place. Much more confidence this time!
The face of a very happy young lady after taking her drivers exam.
Officially official to drive on her own!
One might think after the school season of volleyball is over, then Courtney gets a bit of a break from volleyball- Nope! Not in high school at least. We usually have about 3ish weeks off then that leads right into club season- which is almost a must to remain competitive as well as important for growth as Courtney's goal is to play in college.
This year, Courtney made the 17 Elite team for her club. Elite is the highest level and has even more extensive practice and playing schedule. Elite teams practice 3-4 times a week for 3 hours each time. Courtney won't be finished with her club season until mid June, in which she will already be practicing with her school team. It's basically an all year sport- just different teams.
Love her new warm up shirt with her last name on it. Elite team members were given it as a gift at Christmas.
Despite having volleyball take up a good portion of her life, Courtney still manages to be a creative soul who loves dabbling in many things.
She enjoys photographing beauty found in nature.
She is the best selfie taker.
There are a few other areas Courtney has made some pretty fantastic stuff and I'm planning on sharing it will you soon.