Jody Bartlett, a teacher at AIS and a volleyball coach for AMS spends her free time coaching a travel volleyball team called Thunder Volleyball Club.
The team is made up of students from grades fifth through 10th from Austintown schools.
Additional coaches include Candy Kekic, junior varsity volleyball coach; Alyssa Lanzo, freshmen volleyball coach; and Savannah Taylor, middle school volleyball coach.
Special to the Town Crier
The traveling volleyball team, Thunder Volleyball Club, travels throughout the area to play six games during the season. Pictured front row from left are: Mariah Cruz, sixth grade; Emma Bartlett, fifth grade; Gracie McWreath, sixth grade; and Sydney Ortenzio, sixth grade. Second row from left are: Erica Difrancesco, eighth grade; Delaney Schumacher, eighth grade; Kaitlyn Sciortino, seventh grade; Kiley Sanson, eighth grade; and Talia Diaz, eighth grade. Back row from left are: Sarah Obradovich, sophomore; coach Jody Bartlett; Steve Mohr, Alyssa Lanzo, Savannah Taylor and Rachael DiFrancesco, eighth grade. Missing from photo is Khala Cameron, eighth grade.
The team practices at Youngstown State University each Sunday from October through May. Tournament play begins in March and the team competes in six tournaments in Cleveland, Pennsylvania, Geneva and the Mount Union College area.