What were your team goals for this season?
To do well in the Conference meet.
What is the thing that your runners do best?
They encourage one another and some of them push each other during practice.
What is the thing that your runners need to work on?
About half of them need to work on trying harder in practice.
How many meets do you have this season?
Nine total, then Sectional.
How long have you been coaching high school cross country?
How do you feel about the group of athletes that you have this season?
They are a fun group and some of them work really hard and the others have a lot of potential if they would work at it a little.
What are the perks of being a high school cross country coach?
Ummm… being outside and being able to run and exercise when the kids are running.
Information gathered by: Jace Ingle
Photo by: Keisha Levi
Tips with senior tennis player Jeff Kenney
Effort: “Give an all-out effort. If you don’t, the coaches won’t value you.”
Trust: “Trust that the coaches know what is best for you.”
Flexibility: “Be able to work with other coaches and teammates.”
Goals: “Work toward an ultimate goal for the tennis season.”
Love for the sport: “If you don’t have love for tennis, it is hard to keep playing and getting better.”
Infographic by: Jace Ingle
Photo by: Keisha Levi
Senior Todd Osborn comes clean about walking away from baseball
Sports play a big part in the lives of many Americans. Sports create an outlet for many students, and the adults in their lives. Many students choose to play sports for multiple reasons. These reasons can include to have fun, time with friends, or a chance to ease the stress of school. For me, I play sports for the fun. I get to hang with my friends, compete against other players, and just enjoy playing. But with joining sports, there is another side. This is the act of quitting.
Many people quit things in their lives, including sports and jobs. I know many people who have quit a sport in their high school career, including myself.
It was my sophomore year when I quit baseball. I walked into Coach Henry Cruz’s room and told him what was going on. I chose to quit playing baseball because I lost all enjoyment that the sport offered. This decision was hard to come to. I played from a very young age and have always had fun, but the week of practice before try-outs changed that. I become hateful of the sport. I started to be only concerned about how I was going to survive practice and became unconcerned with other aspects of my life. These feelings could have been very destructive for my school work.
I chose to end my ties with baseball and instead I ran track. I have the unusual fondness to running, and track seemed perfect for me. So, the extra load from a sport itself didn’t cause me to quit, but my lost of interest.
Even with the love I have for sports, quitting one was nearly inevitable for me. Who knows what would have happened if I continued playing? I could have started to enjoy baseball again or went on hating it. Now I believe that I made the right choice and chose to join a sport I like to do.
Story by: Todd Osborn
Meet three athletes who left a sport behind
High school students must make many choices in their careers. Grades, social life, jobs and other responsibilities fill the minds of many students. One decision some have to make is the decision wheather or not to quit a sport.
Quitting a sport can change an individual’s life, and possibly the way one’s high school career goes. Some quit to concentrate on other sports, some quit because they no longer enjoy the sport, some quit to try other sports, some just need to find time for other things.
¨I quit (football) because I wasn’t enjoying myself, and if I don’t enjoy it, why play?¨ said senior Dathan Chastain.
Last year, Chastain quit football as a junior after experiencing multiple injuries and complications. Chastain does not regret his decision.
¨Why would someone regret quitting a sport? You quit for a reason, so I don’t regret quitting at all,¨ said Chastain.
Freshman Hunter Hamilton also quit football after finishing his eighth grade year. Hamilton had played since he was in third grade and decided to quit because he no longer enjoyed the sport.
¨I quit football because I didn’t enjoy the practices and it just wasn’t that enjoyable for me anymore,¨ said Hamilton.
Although Hamilton has pursued cross country to replace football, he believes he will regret quitting down the road.
¨I kind of regret quitting but I feel like I will regret it more later on,¨ said Hamilton.
Another athlete who quit a sport is senior Damian Hall. Hall quit basketball after finishing his junior year of playing. Hall had a different reason for quitting.
¨I wanted to focus on another sport. I didn’t want to quit, but I couldn’t play in baseball tournaments and play basketball at the same time,¨ said Hall.
Hall, like Hamilton, regrets quitting basketball and says he enjoyed basketball and learned a lot from it.
¨I loved being on the team and I gained the knowledge. It’s not about one person,¨ said Hall.
Hamilton recalls the relationships that being part of a team brought him.
¨I learned responsibility, respect and teamwork from football,¨ said Hamilton.
Chastain walked away with knowledge of his own strength.
“I learned strength and physicality from football,¨ said Chastain.
Although these athletes gained some things from the sport, they also gained things from quitting.
¨I was able to enjoy myself and go out and find a job,¨ said Chastain.
Hall grew in new ways after he quit basketball.
¨I’m becoming better in another sport and I have more time for other things,¨ said Hall.
Chastain and Hall both gained things from quitting, but Hamilton says that he has gained nothing. Which brings up another question to answer, do the benefits of quitting outweigh the benefits of staying with it?
This is a question athletes ponder before they decide to quit and even after they quit when they no longer can participate in the sport.
Story by: Garret Vincent
Any student who is interested in trying out for the winter dance team needs to sign up in the main office or contact Mrs. Nichols by Tuesday. Information about next week’s try-outs will be sent to those who have signed up on Wednesday.
Photos by Alexis Osborn