Athletes to Watch

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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SENIOR Hunter Gatto

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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Dive in to get to know the volleyball girls

Junior Becca Marcus

What are some of your pregame rituals?

I listen to upbeat music to get excited and in the zone before games.

Who is your role model?

Misty May Treanor because she is such an amazing player. And I aspire to be as good as her someday.

Why did you choose to play volleyball?

I decided to play volleyball because my sister had played and it seemed like a really exciting sport.

Does the team have any unique bonding methods?

On weekends, the team has pool parties or movie nights in order to bond. Bonding helps the team communicate better in games.

How has volleyball affected your life?

Volleyball has made me a better-rounded person. Even though it takes up a lot of my free time, it’s worth every second because I absolutely love when playing and I have made so many incredible friends.

-Zack Lender

Copy Editor

 

Junior Ariela Slutsky

What are your pre-game rituals?

Before I play, I have to listen to my iPod to get pumped and ready to play.

What position do you enjoy to play most and why?

Right now I’m an outside hitter, but I was a setter for two years. I love playing outside because of the thrill I get when I get a good kill. But setting is also really fun.  I don’t really have a favorite position. As long as I am on the court, I’m happy.

Do you plan to play competitively in college?

Yes, I am interested in continuing after high school. I will play wherever I end up going to school.

What do you enjoy most about the game?

My favorite part of the game is getting an ace. It feels great to know you hit a shot they couldn’t return.

How has volleyball had a positive impact on your life?

Volleyball has positively impacted my life because it has taught me time management and many other life lessons. I have made so many great friends through playing. To me, it’s more than a sport. It’s my life.

How to you balance school with also being on the team?

Balancing school and being on a team is extremely difficult. Both school and volleyball require commitments, but my parents have always told me that school comes first.  I rarely miss a practice even if it means staying up really late to finish homework. It’s part of being a student athlete. I love to play so I make sure to manage my time well even if it means studying extra on the weekend so I have time to play volleyball during the week.

What would you tell someone who is looking to get into volleyball?

All I would say is that it takes time to learn but anyone can learn to play.  If you are interested in playing for fun, there are many recreational leagues around along with many club/travel teams if you want to play at a high level.

– RACHEL LESNIK

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Swing by to get to know the Bay’s golf players

Senior Sherrell Buckley

How did you get in to golf?

My dad used to play golf and I used to go on the course just to watch him and then one day he bought me a pair of clubs and told me to start playing.

What attracts you to the sport?

The sport really is a mental game and you have to push yourself to be better, so I kind of like that aspect of it.

How do you prepare during the off-season?

During the off season I like to practice at least 3 hours a day, whether it’s playing or just chipping and putting.

What do you do off the course to help your game?

Golf is really a mental game so if you kind of visualize yourself playing and visualize yourself scoring well, it kind of helps you. You have to build up your confidence to play golf.

How do you prepare yourself on the day of the match?

I try to always be mentally prepared to play but on the day of a match I try to keep to myself during school. Listening to music really helps me get focused.

What is your biggest accomplishment in the sport?

I would say shooting my lowest score which was a 75, but that was during the off-season. During the season I would say going to states last year was my biggest accomplishment.

What are your goals for the future?

I hope that our team will beat St. Thomas and we will place first at districts and regionals and go to states.

-MAX THILLEN

Senior Michael Heda

What do you do to prepare for a tournament?

I practice every day for a couple hours a day and usually listen to music right before.

What is your favorite aspect of golf?

The fact that I’m not actually competing against other people so I can root for my friends and hang out with them. It doesn’t get too competitive.

What is your favorite golf memory or experience?

My first hole-in-one. It’s the only one I ever got, and I got it last year in August during a tournament.

Do you plan to play golf in college?

Yes, I’m committed to play at George Washington University.

What inspired you to play golf and how long have you been playing?

My dad started golf a few years before I was born and as he was learning he took me on the course with him and helped me learn, too. I’ve been playing since I was 8.

What are some of your strengths?

I’m good mentally. I don’t get angry like some people do, and I don’t get too emotional on the course, which is good. I’m also pretty consistent.

What are some of your weaknesses?

My irons aren’t that good. I don’t hit the ball too close to the hole that much.

What do you consider the hardest thing about golf?

Patience, and the mental part of the game. You can’t get too angry when you do badly, and you can’t get too excited when you do well.

-SYDNEY PESTCOE

PHOTO EDITOR

 

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