The Cedar Middle School open in August of 2007 held great promise for the school's students and all residents of Hesperia's west side. That promise was further fulfilled last Wednesday when the girls' junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams showed spirit and competiveness when they faced Ranchero Middle School - on their own home court.


Previously, all of the school's volleyball games were played on the road. But the recent completion of the Cedar's gymnasium changed all that.


"This is so neat to have our own gym," said principal Dave Olney. "It's great to be able to play at home. This is something that our students can be proud of. Win or lose it's a great occasion."


Besides volleyball, the new gym means the Spartans can also play their basketball games and wrestling matches at home.


Another testament to the occasion's importance was the many family members and Cedar Middle School sports supporters who packed the bleachers.


"This is just a testament to importance of middle school sports," Olney said. "Sports gives more kids a chance to be a part of the school."


The previous week the students performed in a musical theater production, he noted.


"The more opportunities there are for our kids to be a part of something the better."