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With an assist from PECS, Yearling Middle wins conference championship

Yearling Middle School’s 2021 Indian River Conference championship volleyball team included four players from Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School. They are Yani Smith, Ka’Shyra Urbina, Melaine Bonilla and Alyssa Madrigal. The team was led by coach Carrie Heineman and assistant coach Raylee Coleman. (Courtesy photo)

Even though the volleyball season at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School was cancelled for the second straight year this fall due to the pandemic, PECS still produced champions on the court.

Four PECS students – Melaine Bonilla, Alyssa Madrigal, Yani Smith and Ka’Shyra Urbina – played for Yearling Middle School, which won the Indian River Conference championship Oct. 21 at Osceola Middle School.

“Ranked 3rd and thought of as the complete underdogs, [Yearling] had to win three games straight to be the Indian River Conference Champs,” Yearling coach Carrie Heineman wrote in a Facebook post. “OMS packed their gym with their entire school to watch this game and [Yearling] didn’t even flinch. They came and conquered.”

The 2021 champion Yearling Middle School volleyball team: Assistant coach Raylee Coleman, Olivia Bartels, Kamryn Hackett, Yani Smith, Alyssa Madrigal, Lindy Harwas, Head coach Carrie Heineman Melaine Bonilla, Adleigh Schwier, Savannah McCoy, Jenessa Arana, Ana Gonzalez, Ka’Shyra Urbina. (Courtesy photo)