Runnels Elementary School offers participation is several after-school programs throughout the school year. Our athletic program for kindergarten through fifth grade students is organized by our Elementary Athletic Director. The sixth graders currently participate in athletics through our Junior High Athletic Department and follow those department guidelines.
Currently we work to field Runnels teams to participate in basketball in the fall/winter and in baseball, softball, and t-ball in the spring. The number of teams formed for each sport depends on the number of students interested in participating. In the interest of emphasizing the individual, team building, and sportsmanship over competition, it is out school’s athletic department’s policy to keep grade level teams together whenever possible. That is: we would field a 4th grade team and a 5th grade team rather than two combined grade level teams.
Jr High Sports
Runnels offers participation in many after-school junior high sports throughout the year. The programs are helmed by a Junior High Athletic Director. Coaches are carefully selected by the director to be excellent role models for the students and to be able to provide instruction in the fundamentals of their sports at all skill levels.
In the junior high program, a great attempt is made to join leagues and form small teams that maximize equity at competitive levels. The program has the multiple goals of developing all students’ skill levels, recognizing the role of competition in athletics, allowing all students to achieve a measure of success, and of sustaining the tradition of athletic excellence at Runnels.
Sports Offered: Baseball, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Outdoor Track & Field, Powerlifting, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball.
Varsity Athletics (Varsity Athletics website)
Guided by a dedicated and experienced coaching staff and fueled by the diverse interests and strong commitment of our student athletes, the high school sports program at Runnels continues to flourish. Below is a brief sampling of honors earned by the Runnels Raiders.
Baseball: Two state championships, 15 district championships, numerous individual awards, and 8 baseball scholarships.
Softball: Four LHSAA State Softball Tournament appearances, “Elite Eight,” 6 district championships or state runner-ups.
Basketball: Two LHSAA “Top 28” Tournament appearances, 21 district championships, 30 Academic All-State players, 6 Our Lady of the Lake Scholar Athletes, 2 High School All-American College Scholarships.
Volleyball: State semi-finalists, 6 district championships, 10 state tournament appearances, 6 District MVP College Scholarships.
Bowling: District championship, regional championship, 8 All-District players.
Powerlifting: Six gold medals at state meets, USAPL High School Nationals silver medalist, a second place nationally in the team members’ division, 2 Outstanding Lifter trophies.
Soccer: Regional finalists, bi-district championship, district finalists, Coaches of the Year awards for boys’ and girls’ coaches.
Tennis: Two state tournament appearances, placed second in regionals, 4 All-Metro players.
Cross Country: 2009 Boy State Champion, 2007-2009 Girl top ten finalist, Boy and Girl All-Metro runners, 2009 All-State Cross Country Team, and All-State Academic Cross Country team members.
Outdoor Track & Field: Preparing for our 3rd year in Boys and Girls Varsity competition: sprints, distance, hurdles, high jump, long jump, javelin, pole vault, discus and shot put. 2010 Boys State Champion in 1600m and Girls Runner Up in 3200m (received college scholarship). 2011 Boys State Runner Up in 1600m. 2010-Qualified 3 athletes to Regional meet. 2011-Qualified 4 athletes in 5 events to Regional meet. 10 Academic All-State members.
Swimming: Three college swimming scholarships, numerous trophies in city and state meets, High School All-American.
LHSAA Class: 2A
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Golf, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball,Outdoor Track.