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Athletes to Watch

By Sophia Handley

Dylan Lessem

Height: 5 ft

Position: Goalie

Goal: To become better at the goalie position,
considering it is my first year and to have a good season.

What is your favorite part about the sport?

I enjoy the competitive aspect of lacrosse
because it always gets me really pumped up for all of our games.

Why do you enjoy playing on this team?

It gives me the opportunity to be with my
friends all of the time and with people who have similar interests as me. I
always have such a great time at practice and games with my team.

How does it feel playing goalie for the first
time?

It is definitely different being goalie but I am
starting to pick it up. I enjoy the position and I hope to keep playing it next
season.

Who inspires you to play the sport?

My teammates always inspire me to get better
every day and I think it is important that we support each other.

What motivates you to play lacrosse?

What motivates me to play lacrosse is my ability
to get better. I think there’s always room from improvement.

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Athletes to Watch

By Sophia Handley

Rudi Eyl

Grade 11

Height: 6 ft.

Goal:

My main goal in tennis is to have a good
season with the team and hopefully be able to become state champions.

How many years have you been playing tennis?

I have been playing tennis for eight years,
but I have only been playing at school for two years.

Do you play on varsity?

I play on varsity and I really enjoy the
competition of being on a high-level high school team.

Why do you have a passion for tennis?

I have a passion for tennis because my dad
always immersed me in the sport, and I love playing. I started playing at a
young age and ever since, I have always enjoyed it.

Who inspires you to play the sport?

Roger Federer inspires me. He is the greatest
player of all time and is a role model both on and off the court.

Do you plan on playing tennis at the
collegiate level?

I do plan on playing [tennis] in college if I
get accepted into a school that I like. Playing tennis in college would be a
great experience because I would be able to become more skilled and a better
player overall.

What is your favorite part about tennis?

My favorite part of tennis is competing and
playing with friends. I love the thrill of competition, especially when I win.

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Lissa
Dewindt

What keeps you motivated at
practices?

Soccer
is my outlet to get my stress away. At practice, I forget about everything and
I’m just happy.

Who is your inspiration to play
soccer?

My
dad inspires me to always try my best. He works so hard and I want to be able
to put the same effort he does into my soccer career.

What accomplishment in soccer has
made you the most proud?

Since
I started playing soccer, I have always been trying to get on the best team
possible. Playing for the Bay makes me proud because I am able to represent my
school.

What position do you play? Why?

I
have a lot of flexibility in what position I play. I am able to play every
position except for one. I can’t play goalie because I’m not good at blocking
the shots.                                                   

Goal: To have the best season yet

Height- 5’2

Team- Varsity soccer

Class of 2021

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Athletes to Watch: Jack D’Avi

Freshman Jack D’Avi

When did you begin swimming and why?
I began swimming when I was in 5th grade. I had issues with other sports and I was told that I wasn’t allowed to play them anymore. The doctor said this was the only thing I could play.

What motivates you?
One of the things that keeps me motivated is my family. Everything I do when I get in the water is so that one day, I can be an Olympic swimmer with them screaming on the sidelines.

What is your favorite part about swimming?
The best part of swimming is the adrenaline. There’s nothing better than having a great swim and dropping time. Seeing the excitement on your coach’s face is a great sense of accomplishment.

What is your main goal in swimming?
My main goal is to swim for the University of Michigan and to go to the Olympics. Being on the Michigan swim team has been a dream since I could remember.

What is a challenge you face?
I’m really competitive. Not so much with my friends, but in the sport itself. I’m really hard on myself when I’m having a bad meet or when I don’t reach my goal time.

-Heather Dennis

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Athlete to Watch: Emmalee Forristall

                                                                                                                                                                                            

Junior Emmalee Forristall

 

  1. When/why did you start playing lacrosse?

I first started playing lacrosse in 7th grade. At the time, I was playing hockey, and a friend of mine told me I should sign up for the Weston Warriors team to see if I liked the sport. I was hooked. I think I loved it so much because it was more than just throwing the ball around. There is a lot of strategy and planning that goes into games, which is one of my favorite parts of preparing for game days.

  1. What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in lacrosse?

The biggest challenge that I have ever overcome would be blowing out my knee my freshman year. I was in a wheelchair for two months followed by four months of physical therapy just so that I could get back on the field and start conditioning with my teammates. It was so gratifying to make a full recovery and then on top of that have a breakout sophomore year that helped carry us to Districts.

  1. What motivates you to continue playing lacrosse?

What motivates me to play is that I love playing so much and I can’t imagine my life without it. I grew up in an extremely competitive and sports oriented house, and my younger brother has always pushed me to be a better athlete and better lacrosse player.

 

  1. What advice can you give to girls who want to start playing lacrosse?

I would tell anyone who wants to play that they should for sure try out. It really is the best sport to play and it is an opportunity to make new friends and also[to] play a sport that is really going to challenge you.

 

  1. What is your best memory from lacrosse?

My favorite memory from lacrosse would probably be scoring the overtime game-winning goal in a huge rivalry game against Cooper City to qualify us for the playoffs, my sophomore year. We ended up tying the score with 25 seconds left in the second half. We went into overtime and I won the draw. One of my teammates got the ball and I headed down the field, caught a pass and shot. That was probably one of my favorite moments of that season and of my lacrosse career.

 

-Estela Suarez

 

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Athlete to Watch: John Pierre Merlet

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Athletes to Watch: Track and Field

 

JUNIOR RYAN DUGAN

When did you start running track and why did you start?

I first started when I was about eight years old. I was also playing football at the time, so I started so I could get faster and quicker in football.

 Do you plan to run track in college?

I plan to try and get a scholarship for either track, football, or lacrosse, so I am keeping my min and options open in all three sports that I play, including track.

What other sports do you enjoy playing and what is your favorite?

I also play football and lacrosse for Cypress. I enjoy all three, but if I had to choose which was my favorite, I would definitely say football. It will forever be my first love.

-Dylan Pulitano

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR JACKY HUCHLER

How do you prepare a race?

I prepare for the race by hydrating throughout the day and the night before. Once we get to the meet, we have a team warm-up. And then once it gets closer to your event we have to jog and stretch again.

How did you get into running?

I played Falcon Cove soccer in middle school and Coach Evie Hoopes told me to try out for the track team. I also always enjoyed running.

What is your favorite part of competing in track?

My favorite part of competing in track is knowing that you pushed yourself to the limit in your race.

What are some of your biggest accomplishments in track so far?

Last year, I went to states for the 4×8 and hopefully we will do the same this year.

How does track help you in the other sports you play?

Track helps me a lot in soccer and cross country because it makes me a lot faster and sometimes we go to the gym, which also helps.

What are some of your goals for the rest of the season?

My main goal for this year is qualifying for states again and having a new PR (personal record) in the 800 and 400.

-Jake Lender

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Athletes to Watch: Water polo

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What made you start playing water polo?

I used to swim competitively but found it boring after swimming countless laps. I liked swimming but wanted to play a sport I could have fun with.

What do you love about playing water polo?

The teamwork, which is extremely important in water polo such as when we are on offense. We have to pass the ball around until there is an opening in the goal. The feeling of swimming back after a goal is indescribable.

Do you plan on playing after high school?

I am not sure because I am only a sophomore, but if given the opportunity I might consider it. Water polo is extremely tiring so I would have to debate over whether it is worth it in college.

What do you do before games to prepare yourself?

I just relax with the team. The whole team stretches and warms up by swimming and doing drills in the pool.

What do you do to practice during the off-season?

I like going to the gym and might practice maybe three times a week.

-Sam Krauss

 

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How did you get involved with water polo?

Ever since I was 3 years old I have swum and associated myself with water sports. My brother suggested for me to try water polo. I did and fell in love with the sport the moment I understood the game.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before each game begins, the captains of each team must meet each other with a referee and exchange positive words while discussing certain aspects of sportsmanship and game rules.

How do you prepare for each game?

Before each game, I lead the team in warmup. This consists of stretching and a water polo warmup. I try to make sure the team goes into each game with a positive and focused attitude.

What do you do to stay in shape during off-season?

I stay in shape in the off-season by playing water polo on a co-ed team in Fort Lauderdale. With this team I travel to tournaments and train for Junior Olympics events six days a week.

Do you plan to play water polo in college?

Yes, I plan on playing water polo in college. The college I want to attend is the Naval Academy in Annapolis and they do not have a women’s water polo team; however, they do have a club team that I can play on and I do plan on becoming a part of it.

Morgan Martin

 

 

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Athletes to Watch: Wresting

 

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SENIOR DANNY STRENT 

How did you get into wrestling?

The office made an announcement about the wrestling team, so I tried out. I was thrown onto varsity my freshman year, so I stayed on.

Who is your favorite wrestler?

Kyle Dake [of Cornell], because he is going for his fourth national championship this year.

Do you have a special routine you go through before a match?

Yes, I always have the same warm up. I jump rope and hop around to get a good sweat going.

Do you have a certain meal plan that you eat before you wrestle?

don’t really get to eat that much since I’m always trying to make weight. So my meal plan doesn’t consist of much except peanut butter and jelly.

Is it difficult meeting weight requirements?

It’s the hardest part about this sport. It’s impossible.

Do you have a lucky charm?

Always the same warm up. If I use the same warm up, I feel like that’s luck in itself.

-BY SOPHIA MARCHETTI

 

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Q. How has being on the wrestling team affected your life as a high school student?

I’ve been wrestling for three years and it’s kept me out of trouble and has taught me valuable lessons related to hard work and dedication.

Q. What do you think the hardest part about wrestling is?

The hardest part of being a wrestler is cutting weight.

Q. What do you think makes you stand out as a wrestler?

I put in extra work every day and push myself harder than my teammates and always try to out-work everyone.

Q.  What are some traditions you have before a meet and why did you join the team?

We bring the team in a huddle for a motivational talk.  I joined the team because it’s an individual sport as well as a team sport.

Q.  Do you have any advice for other wrestlers?

During a match, never stop moving.  Also, never doubt your abilities because anything can happen at any moment and never go into a match without warming up.

-BY ANNA SCHIFTER

 

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Athletes to Watch: Cross Country

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SOPHOMORE JACKIE HUCHLER 

What do you do to prepare right before a meet?

Before meets I usually try to stretch and warm up for about 20 minutes. I have to make sure to hydrate all day.

How do you stay in shape for cross country?

I attend practice every day for cross country, and I also have soccer practice every day, too. Even though I can only attend cross-country practice about once a week, I still stay in shape by playing soccer.

What got you interested in this sport?

There is only one event and it is the 5K. This is 3.1 miles. I did track, so I was already interested in running and I knew it would help me with my soccer. Also, my teammate and the captain of cross country, Katherine MacNeal, inspired me to do it.

Why do you enjoy this sport?

I enjoy it because everyone on the team is so close and we are like a family. Also, by running a lot, it helps me with my soccer.

 

-BY MEREDITH SHELDON

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SOPHOMORE NICHOLAS HERNANDEZ

Where do you see yourself in the future with cross country?

Cross country has been a great experience for me, and my hope is to become a great runner. Since this is my first year of cross country, I haven’t really thought about how my future would be. I have always thought about running in college, and I feel like I will. But first I need to get better.

How do you stay in shape during off-season?

During the off-season, I actually rest because to be honest, running is exhausting. And since it is one month after cross country, I use it to keep in shape. I would go and run a couple of miles just to keep my endurance up and a couple of sprints just to prepare for track and keep my strength up.

Who inspired you to start running?

Running has always just been a fun exercise for me since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until I got to middle school that I became more involved. I was on the team at Tequesta. I joined track, and eventually that lead to me joining cross country. So everything just sort of happened the moment I decided to try out for track in middle school.

How else do you physically train other than running?

If I’m lucky, once or twice a week I could go to the gym and work on other parts of my body. But cross country usually wears me out, so I have no energy to do anything else. Running has just always been a useful way to train physically.

-BY MORGAN MARTIN

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