Climbing Team Ends Successful Season With Championship Competition

Central’s climbing team wrapped up a successful season on April 10 with a championship competition at Onsight Rock Gym. Three members of the team competed: senior Maddie Marshall, junior Brett Huddleston, and freshman Ellie Wood, all placing first in their divisions.

Freshman Ellie Wood lead climbs a challenging route

At this year’s week-long championship competition, the Bobcats competed against L&N Stem, Hardin Valley, Gresham, and homeschooled students. Students competed in both bouldering and ropes. The divisions included novice: Vb – V2 / 5.7 – 10b, intermediate: V3 – V5 /  10c – 11b, advanced: V5-V7 / 11c – 12b, and open: V7+ / 12c+. The Bobcats did very well in this competition, with all competing members earning first place in their divisions. Senior Maddie Marshall placed first in female intermediate, junior Brett Huddleston placed first in male advanced, and freshman Ellie Wood placed first in female open. Along with these accomplishments, Huddleston and Wood placed first in their divisions each time they competed this season.

Prior to the season’s end, the climbing team has had a great season and made many memories. The season began in October. Sophomore team member Ebby Sellers says, “My favorite part about climbing is that you are completely competing against yourself to make more progress and improve. I also love it because the community surrounding climbing is so inviting and kind.” Clearly, this year, the climbing team has been a great group of students who are very encouraging towards each other and help each other to improve and succeed at climbing.

Senior Maddie Marshall practices her lead climbing at Ijams in South Knox.

The climbing team has been sponsored by Mrs. Turner since Fall 2016, when it was first formed by founding member Keagan Cross, Class of 2019.

Mrs. Turner and the climbing team members pose for a selfie at a team meeting at the beginning of the season.

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