Sports

Gainesville Juniors Volleyball serves through merging trend

For years, Gainesville Juniors and Vision Volleyball Club were local youth club volleyball rivals. Then in August 2021, the two clubs merged to form a united Gainesville Juniors and recorded the club’s most successful year ever -- a record-breaking six Gainesville teams qualified for USA Volleyball Nationals. More than a year after the consolidation, the teams have become more competitive and their standing has improved.

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The Rock School, a basketball powerhouse, continues its quiet dominance

When The Rock basketball players arrived at their first home game last month, they commanded the attention of the gym the moment they entered. Several starters have garnered national attention from Division I colleges and universities, and the moment they start playing, it is evident why. The private K-12 Christian school has a student body of just over 500 students but has garnered one of the best basketball teams in the state. 

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French game of pétanque finds a home in Gainesville

Sarah Lauerman took an interest in French culture and was intrigued by the sport of pétanque. She wanted to learn how to speak French and engage with the culture further, so she started a club around the sport. Now Lauerman is the president of Gainesville Pétanque, a club she started in 2017 with informal meetings. It has since grown to include 50 members and is played at two public courts in north Gainesville. And she had the sport included in the Gainesville Senior Games.

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