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A visit to Roy-Hart girls volleyball

The Roy-Hart mascot rams through the wall. Sort of. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)Four windows, four letters. Perfect. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) I wrote about the Roy-Hart girls volleyball team in today's Scholastic Spotlight. 

The wall of banners includes a tribute to Olympic wrestler Lou Rosseli. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)I had never visited Roy-Hart before -- it's always cool to visit the different schools of Western New York. You not only get a better feel for whatever story you're writing, it's always neat to see each school's unique characteristics -- including how they decorate their gym.

Here are some snapshots of the home of the Rams, including a huge banner that is a tribute to 1986 grad Lou Rosselli, who went on to become an 1996 U.S. Olympic wrestler.

I loved the Ram busting through the wall and the R-A-M-S lettering above the big windows in the gym. Great stuff. 

It was such a homey environment for what seems to be quite the homey team -- the coach (Bill Holahan) has his daughter (Erin Holahan) as an assistant and a team he calls "the nicest 12 kids in the school." The players, while we're on the family angle, referred to themselves as sisters when I talked to them.

Below are some video excerpts from interviews I did last week at the Middleport school with senior captains Michelle Quackenbush and Caitlin Lewandowski as well as junior standout Bridget Shanahan.

Shanahan leads off by talking about the Rams' goals for the season ... (my apologies about this one -- for some reason my auto-everything video-taking phone auto focused at the wrong setting)

Next up is Quackenbush talking about how it is like to play with a Division I recruit like Shanahan ...

Then it's Lewandowski on how the team gets along so well ...

---Keith McShea

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