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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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New leadership on girls lacrosse team

With the season approaching, the new captains are starting to make their preparations for the season.  Senior captains Lauren Nau, Taryn Turpin, Hannah Suhood, Amanda Saaverda and Sammie Rammer said they hope their new ideas will lead the team to success. For Nau, she said she wants to try to get to know the team better.

            “We
want the team to be a family and super close. The other captains and I want us
to all develop a deep friendship with one another,” Nau said.

        
Currently, Nau said she is uncertain of what new techniques she will be
trying, as the roster has not yet been finalized. Therefore, she said the team
is just doing fundraising and conditioning for now.

            “[The
team] can’t do [new] techniques yet because the season hasn’t started, so we
don’t have our set team. When the time comes, we hope to do bonding events,”
Nau said.

            Nau
said she enjoys many aspects of being captain. She said one of her favorite
parts is being able to help new players learn the game.

            “My
favorite part of being a captain is being able to meet new people and help
girls who have never played before learn how to play lacrosse,” Nau said.

            Like
Nau, senior captain Sammie Rammer said she is also unsure of what strategies
the team will be implementing, but she said it is currently focusing on
building stamina and speed for individual players. She said she is hoping this
will help the team be the most athletic.

            “[The
new strategies] will be effective because in a game when it gets to the second
half and everyone is getting tired, our team will have the advantage of still
having the energy to run down the field and move quickly,” Rammer said.

            Rammer
has been leading the team in yoga practices as part of its conditioning to help
teach the players proper stretching habits and balance. She also said she has
offered the team a greater sense of comradery.

            “So
far I’ve offered the team a strong sense of motivation and unity to build a
stronger overall team that wants to reach the common goal of winning,” Rammer
said. “This is great for the new players who many feel discouraged from
comparing themselves to the senior players’ experience.”

            Rammer
said she enjoys being captain and all the responsibilities that come with it.
She said she hopes her leadership will help the team the grow into a closer
team as the season goes on.

            “My favorite part of being a captain
is being able to motivate all the girls and offer them a role model by showing
them the type of player and teammate they can and will become,” Rammer said. “I love guiding the team through
conditioning and making them more fun, easier on the mind, but harder on the
body.”

            Head
Coach Corey Engelhard said for him a leader is someone who leads by example. He
said the captains for this year’s team show that same quality.

            “[The
captains will be someone who] the girls will want to follow, people who are not
only exceptional players but [also] exceptional People,” Engelhard said.
“Captains that believe that it is their job to just tell other players what to
do will be in for a long season.”

            Engelhard
said he hopes that the new captains will focus more on team unity. He said he
hopes this will help the team get along and lead to more on-field results.

            “My
hope is that the captains implement a culture of cohesiveness, not a culture of
divisiveness. For a team to play at its best, everyone needs to get along and
be on the same page,” Engelhard said.

            Engelhard
said he has been coaching many of the girls for a while. He said one of his
favorite things about this group of girls is that they know his methods well.
He said he hopes this will lead to good communication between the captains and
the coach.

            “All
of the captains this year are seniors. For some of them, I have always been
their head coach,” Engelhard said. “They know how I like to run a practice


[which is good because]

it will be their job to help everything run smoothly.”

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Varsity basketball bounces back

The
Lightning boys basketball team defeated the Western High School Wildcats on
Jan. 10, with a final score of 66-63. Varsity Basketball Coach Jason Looky said
the team has made various improvements since the last time they faced the
Wildcats.

“We
had some guys that weren’t playing the first time we played Western due to some
injuries and off the court issues,” Looky said. “[We added] more firepower by
adding those guys in the lineup and cohesively we made a large adjustment.”

Senior
point guard Tyler Krivitzkin said it was nerve racking to play against an
intimidating team that had beat them previously in the season. However, he said
once he got in the winning mindset, it became a fun game to play in.

“[Our
players] took care of the ball this time against Western,” Krivitzkin said.
“[Junior shooting guard Isaiah Quinteros] and I did not play the last time


[against Western]

so we knew we had to come out and make a statement.”

Krivitzkin
said the Lightning Lunatics were a large factor in producing the energy and
motivation the team needed to step up its game.

“The
biggest factor [in winning the game] was definitely the Lunatics,” Krivitzkin said. “Once the Lunatics started cheering
on the Lightning, energy filled the gym and got the whole team really
energized. This flame under the team gave us the extra power we needed to win.”

Quinteros
said he challenged himself to guard a skilled player throughout the entire
game, and it proved to be successful.

“[We]
had to stop number 12 from scoring clean shots and to move the ball on offense
in addition to playing fast,” Quinteros said. “I helped with guarding him and
we were efficient in preventing him from getting the ball.”

He
said the atmosphere and pressure on the court against Western provided the
perfect storm for the Lightning.

“There
was not a lot of extra motivation needed other than the fact that it is a
rivalry game,” Quinteros said. “If you cannot get up for games like that, than
you have no business playing in them.”

Sophomore
shooting guard Tristan Goldstein said he practiced differently in anticipation
of the rivalry game.

“I
worked more on my shooting as well as moving the ball up the court as fast as
possible, anticipating that the players on the opponent team would come out as
aggressive as possible,” Goldstein said.

He
said the team’s win over the Wildcats has been a motivational boost for the
players and has made the team more pumped up for future games.

“Now
that we have seen the talent out there on the court, the whole team knows we
are going to have to bring our ‘A’ game if we want to win any titles this
season,” Goldstein said. “I’m hopeful and excited for the games still to
come.” 

Looky
said he is excited for what is next to come and is hopeful for the next couple
games.

“We
are currently on a seven-game win streak and the [players] are beginning to see
what happens when they work as a team,” Looky said. “We will definitely have a
bright rest of the future ahead if we continue playing the way we are now.”

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Lightning girls volleyball prepares for upcoming season

As the upcoming water polo spring season
approaches, the Lightning girls varsity team has started to prepare for it. One
of the main objectives the team works on is conditioning, which consists of
swimming and working out at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in
Weston. Junior wing Sara Briones said conditioning prior to the season is
essential to help determine which girls are qualified to be a part of the team.

            “At
conditioning, the players can create and strengthen bonds prior to season,” Briones
said. “There are only so many practices prior to the first game. Therefore, the
girls need to prepare as much as possible by swimming laps before going into
strategies and scrimmages during the season.”

            In
addition to conditioning with the team, Briones
attends the gym everyday to work on strength and endurance. She said working
out has improved her abilities in the pool, making her  a better player. 

            “Personally,
the gym helps me more than swimming to prepare for the season,” Briones said.
“I need to work on my strength rather than swimming because the sport involves
more endurance rather than learning how to swim.”

            Last
year, the Lightning lost in the district championship against Cooper City High
School in overtime, with a final score of 7-8. Briones said the players are
striving for a district championship this year in hopes of redeeming
themselves. 

            “I
am very confident in our team this year to come out with a district win,”
Briones said. “Last year, it was devastating to lose after all of the hard work
the team had put into the season. [However], we will be able to fix past
mistakes and change the way we play the game as a team in order to win.”

            Along
with the overall goals of the team, individual team members such as Senior
captain and wing Ally Modrak have set personal goals. She said she hopes to
improve her statistics and be more dedicated to the sport.

            “Since
this is my senior year, I want my last year to be the year I am most proud of,”
Modrak said. “Being more committed to the sport can change the way I performing
in the water and as a teammate.”

            Aside
from conditioning, Modrak prepares for the season by playing on the swim team
at the Bay and playing on a club water polo team during the off season. She
said she has grown as a player exponentially by playing the sport and staying
in shape.

            “Swimming
is a huge part of water polo and has benefitted me to become better,” Modrak
said. “My club team gives me more game experience off season and has resulted
in making new friends at different schools who play.”

Andres Schmit, the new assistant coach,
is a Bay graduate and an ex-player of the varsity boys water polo team. Schmitt
said being a part of the water polo community has given him many opportunities,
including becoming a coach.

            “Becoming
a coach at the Bay is a time where I can give back and help the team develop
and become better,” Schmit said. “The sport has brought many life events that
have shaped me into the person I am today.”

            Schmit
said the best part about coaching is when the players are able to implement the
skills they learned in practices into the games.

            “For
the upcoming season,  I plan on using my
old work out regimens and plays that the coaching staff and I will try to
implement during practices,” Schmit said. “The goal is to see the growth in our
team as the season progresses and becomes harder.”

            Last
season, the Lightning did not hold tryouts for the team; however, this year,
tryouts were held on Jan. 21-22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m/ at the YMCA. Thirty two
girls registered to tryout, but only 18 players will make the team.

            “The
team will benefit from tryouts to ensure the season goes smoothly,” Briones
said. “Additionally, the team will have more players who are hardworking and
dedicated to the sport. Therefore, it will be an improvement from last year.”

            Schmitt
said the tryouts are a way to assess what players are committed to the team. He
said he is looking forward to see what the season has to bring.

            “Due
to my new position, I have never met any of the athletes before,” Schmitt said.
“I am excited to see what kind of talent the players will bring this season.”

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Can anyone stop the Tampa Bay Lightning from winning the Stanley Cup?

YES:

While the Tampa Bay Lightning has had a great season this year, other teams, such as the Calgary Flames, are hot on its tail. Currently, the Lightning sit atop the entire NHL with 76 points, however, the red hot Calgary Flames sit only four wins back from surpassing the Lightning. Additionally, with four players on the Flames who have over 50 points this season, the Flames chances of catching the Lightning look promising. The New York Islanders have also been resurgent in 2019, with 2018 Stanley Cup Champion head coach Barry Trotz leading them. This team could also threaten the hold the Lightning have on that top spot. Moreover, in recent years the Lightning have had a tendency of underperforming in the playoffs. The team’s only Stanley Cup win came in 2004, and none of the team’s current players were a part of that victory. Last year, the Lightning made it to the Eastern Conference finals and all year, similarly to this one, were favorites to win the cup. However, they lost to the Washington Capitals in seven games. The year before, the Lightning did not qualify for the playoffs because they lost against the Toronto Maple Leafs, sending the Leafs to the playoffs instead of them. Considering the teams’ recent failures in the playoffs, there is no reason to believe a season so similar to last year will have different results. The Lightning have been dominating the league since the season started, but with teams like the Flames catching up, it is doubtful that the Lightning can continue this dominance all the way to a Stanley Cup.

NO:

Tampa Bay’s professional hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, is having a killer season this year. Ranked first in their division, they have the most wins and more combined points than any other team in the entire National Hockey League (NHL). While the team may be strong, it is not perfect. They have lost some games, most recently a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders. However, the Islanders, although ranked first in the Metropolitan Division, should not have beat the Bolts at all. It was a fluke game; the Islanders are not at the same skill level as Tampa Bay, as the Bolts recent 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks shows. Tampa seems to have a clear shot at the playoffs and its record shows that it could be a Stanley Cup contender this year. The Bolts were quite good last season as well, making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, a feat they will surely repeat this time around. With a star-studded team including Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, the Bolts are streaking ahead every other team in the league. With 21 games left in the regular season there is plenty of time for Tampa Bay to further assert their dominance over their division and other teams like the overrated Calgary Flames, whom the Lightning have already beat this season. Overall, the Tampa Bay Lightning Bolts are the best team in the entire NHL and anyone who says otherwise is disregarding the facts.

-Darian Trabold

-Colin Crawford

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Boys Varsity Basketball Tryouts

The Lightning boys’ varsity basketball team held its tryouts on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at the Bay’s Basketball Gymnasium. Varsity Coach Jason Looky said tryouts were easy to manage and had a good turnout this year, with 40 to 50 participants for Junior varsity(JV) and 30 for Varsity.

“Tryouts have run smoothly so far,” Looky said. “[However], of course there is some room for improvement, such as more kids participating in conditioning beforehand so they are in better shape by the time tryouts roll around.”

Looky said tryouts are the best way for the coaching staff to gauge what they have to work with and to create a well-rounded roster for the upcoming season.

“You need to have all different kinds of players on the team,” Looky said. “It is important for the players to be diverse on the court. “They should be able to do multiple skill sets such as guarding multiple guys, being able to play on offense and defense and shooting.”

Senior point guard Tyler Krivitzkin said it should not be a challenge to create playing strategies with new players this season. He said it is an efficient way of creating team chemistry.

“I’m excited with the new guys we brought in. I feel like we can be more productive than last year,” Krivitzkin said.

Krivitzkin said he has some personal goals he wants to achieve this season.

“Not only do I want to lead the county in scoring, but I also want to lead the Bay’s basketball team to the best season the team has ever had,” Krivitzkin said.

Krivitzkin said he has been training in order to get in shape for the season. He said he is going to give forth the most effort possible in practice and games.

“We are going to surprise a lot of people this year,” Krivitzkin said. “A lot of people are making us the underdog, so I think it will be exciting.”

Like Krivitzkin, sophomore and shooting guard Tristan Goldstein said he looks forward to proving everyone wrong who doubts that the team will be successful this year.

“The team will be even better this year. All of the kids have great basketball [knowledge] and we are all in great shape,” Goldstein said. “I am not worried because we all work really hard in practice and I know it will show in the games.”

Goldstein said old players are learning to work with new ones by participating in certain team bonding activities such as going to Miami Heat basketball games.

“I really enjoy being able to have opportunities to spend time with the team,” Goldstein said. “Whether it is going out to eat after a game or going to watch a basketball game I think it really improves the overall way the team plays on the court.”

 

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Boys Basketball Try-outs

BY JAKE MILLER

AD DESIGNER

The Lightning boys’ varsity basketball team held its tryouts on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at the Bay’s Basketball Gymnasium. Varsity Coach Jason Looky said tryouts were easy to manage and had a good turnout this year, with 40 to 50 participants for Junior varsity(JV) and 30 for Varsity.

“Tryouts have run smoothly so far,” Looky said. “[However], of course there is some room for improvement, such as more kids participating in conditioning beforehand so they are in better shape by the time tryouts roll around.”

Looky said tryouts are the best way for the coaching staff to gauge what they have to work with and to create a well-rounded roster for the upcoming season.

“You need to have all different kinds of players on the team,” Looky said. “It is important for the players to be diverse on the court. “They should be able to do multiple skill sets such as guarding multiple guys, being able to play on offense and defense and shooting.”

Senior point guard Tyler Krivitzkin said it should not be a challenge to create playing strategies with new players this season. He said it is an efficient way of creating team chemistry.

“I’m excited with the new guys we brought in. I feel like we can be more productive than last year,” Krivitzkin said.

Krivitzkin said he has some personal goals he wants to achieve this season.

“Not only do I want to lead the county in scoring, but I also want to lead the Bay’s basketball team to the best season the team has ever had,” Krivitzkin said.

Krivitzkin said he has been training in order to get in shape for the season. He said he is going to give forth the most effort possible in practice and games.

“We are going to surprise a lot of people this year,” Krivitzkin said. “A lot of people are making us the underdog, so I think it will be exciting.”

Like Krivitzkin, sophomore and shooting guard Tristan Goldstein said he looks forward to proving everyone wrong who doubts that the team will be successful this year.

“The team will be even better this year. All of the kids have great basketball [knowledge] and we are all in great shape,” Goldstein said. “I am not worried because we all work really hard in practice and I know it will show in the games.”

Goldstein said old players are learning to work with new ones by participating in certain team bonding activities such as going to Miami Heat basketball games.

“I really enjoy being able to have opportunities to spend time with the team,” Goldstein said. “Whether it is going out to eat after a game or going to watch a basketball game I think it really improves the overall way the team plays on the court.”

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Varsity boys basketball prepares for tryouts

BY JAKE MILLER

AD DESIGNER

With the Boy’s basketball team tryouts scheduled for Nov. 5th, players are training to secure their spot on the team for the upcoming season. According to Varsity Coach, Jason Looky, it takes a special set of skills to make the team, including hard work and dedication.

“Some skills that [the coaches] look for in students that are trying out for the team include their ability to make smart plays in addition to knowing how to play the sport and what it means to be a part of a basketball team,” Looky said. “Students must show maximum effort and as much dedication as possible to ensure a spot on the team.”

In the pre-season, Looky trains the team to keep all the players in shape. He said this helps the players stay focused and maintain their strength.

“The team and I are in the weight room three times a week, in addition to the conditioning we do three times a week,” Looky said. “The team mainly tries to work on their agility, which includes practice techniques such as short and long distance running and workouts.”

The Lightning have secured the district championship title four times in a row, and Looky said the team hopes to win that title again. However, he said the win will not come without adversity.

“There will be a lot of new faces [this season], so it will definitely be a challenge,” Looky said. “We won’t know exactly what to expect until about mid-November and we won’t know exactly what we are working with until about January.”

Sophomore Ryan Clancy said he is setting his goals high this season and hopes to accomplish great things. He said his main objective is to be in the starting lineup.

“Before the season starts, I am trying to train and get to the gym every, single day. I go the gym to play some pickup basketball and overall, to lift weights and condition,” Clancy said. “Additionally, I have been attending all of the pre-season practices that the team has been having.”

Like Clancy, sophomore Jared Foster is hopeful to make the team again this fall.

“I feel excited for tryouts, especially this year because it’s a new year and a new beginning,” Foster said. “The team as a whole is really trying to accomplish a lot this season.”

Foster said he enjoys playing for the Bay because of the coaches and the overall atmosphere.

“I am excited to play for the team next season if I make it this year,” Foster said. “Being able to play with new members of the team allows for good opportunities for team bonding. It also implements responsibility and adversity.”

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Gymnast overcomes ankle injury

BY JESSICA BERNSTEIN

Sophomore gymnast Lauren Maykut sprained her ankle in the summer of 2017 while warming up on her bar dismount. Many athletes at the Bay, such as Maykut, are subject to injury as a result of pushing themselves too hard, but Maykut’s injury was life altering.

“I had to stop gymnastics completely in June of last year; it was heartbreaking, but my ankle just could not handle it anymore,” Maykut said. “I have learned a lot, and I am now a stronger person because of it.”

Maykut expressed that gymnastics will always be a huge part of her life.

“I started becoming interested in gymnastics when I was 5 years old watching the Olympics,” Maykut said. “I did gymnastics for 11 years, so it’s not just a sport to me; it’s a lifestyle.”

Maykut’s gymnastics performance consists of a variety of moves and techniques. According to Maykut, the diversity of her gymnastics group is what makes each performance better. Without her, the team really struggled.

“I had to stop gymnastics completely in June of last year: it was heartbreaking, but my ankle just could not handle it anymore,” Maykut said. “I have learned a lot, and I am now a stronger person because of it.”

At first, her decision to stop competing in gymnastics was a depressed one, but as time went, once she realized her health was more important.

“I was sad because it was right before states and regionals so that meant I had to miss out on those competitions,” Maykut said. “I think gymnastics brought out the best version of myself, and at first, I couldn’t stand the thought of living without it.”

Maykut’s gymnastic memories still hold dear to her, but after joining the Cypress Bay cheer team, she has opened her heart up to new experiences.

“I tried out for the Cypress Bay junior varsity cheerleading team, and it created the feeling of accomplishment and recognition,” Maykut said. “Being praised with all the applauses and friends coming up to you is something I will always remember.”

Maykut expressed her significant enjoyment towards cheerleading and how it brings her out of her comfort zone. Maykut’s previous stage fright, and fears of performing in front of an audience have improved since joining the cheer team.

“When I joined, I had terrible fears of performing in front of a bunch of people. Over months, it went away and I learned to become more open to others all because of cheerleading,” Maykut said.

Junior cheerleader Makenzie Roach said that Maykut brought a lot to the program, and she understands that practice makes perfect in cheerleading.

“She works hard and gives every cheer her all,” Roach said. “She made sure she learned all the cheers and was always up for a challenge.”

Although Maykut enjoyed the opportunities, she said juggling cheerleading and school was not an easy task.

“Even though I’m only a sophomore, this year was very challenging for me and cheer took up a lot of my time,” Maykut said.

Maykut cheered at every junior varsity football game this season, in which her ankle proved not to be a significant problem for her while cheerleading.

“All I can say is I wish I joined cheer sooner,” Maykut said. “Cheer has made me who I am today, and even though gymnastics was a huge part of my life, cheerleading is just special in so many ways.”

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Girls basketball team looks ahead as season concludes

BY GABBY SONKIN                                                                                                                                                                                         

The girls varsity basketball team finished their season with a record of 15-9. Senior Glory Jones said this season was one she wouldn’t trade in for any other due to the adversity the players overcame.

“Because of our new coach, we were able to feel more like a team rather than collective individuals,” Jones said. “In comparison to last year, I can really see a change in the way we all interact with each other and communicate during games.”

Jones said with her new coach she is also able to play a number of different positions, which has been one of her main strengths throughout the season.

“My biggest strength for sure is my versatility; I’ve played all kinds of positions so I can shoot for the three, take it full court, or play defense on an opposing big,” Jones said. “With all of these positions, I sometimes get nervous to change midway through the game, but once I take a breath and stop thinking so much, I immediately bounce back.”

Although the players competed in a number of games, Jones said three in particular stood out to her.

“The games that really got us to the semi-regionals were against Piper [High School] in the district championships, our win against South Broward [High School] for senior night and our overtime win against Everglades [High School],” Jones said. “These three games were our most memorable ones and really reflected the season as a whole.”

Even though the team did not advance to the finals, Jones said they were thankful for the support Marjory Stoneman Douglas gave them after forfeiting on Feb. 22 due to the shooting that occurred at their school.

“During our next game, some players from Marjory Stoneman Douglas decided to come watch and support us, which really motivated us to give it our all,” Jones said.

New head coach of the team, Toccara Williams, said a major reason for her team’s success this season was everyone’s positivity and loyalty towards one another.

“My players learned early on this season that it was important to not only believe in themselves, but also in the team as a whole,” Williams said.

Because Williams is new to the Bay, she said she wants to become more involved in years to come.

“What I will improve on for next season is having a stronger relationship with the student body, community, faculty and staff to create more awareness for the girls basketball program,” Williams said.

Team captain and senior Flo Justens said the low number of seven players on the team encouraged them to work even harder.

“It was not easy in the beginning when we found out we would only have seven players on the team this entire season, but due to our close relationship, we were able to overcome many obstacles bigger teams would not have to go through,” Justens said. “One of the main obstacles was maintaining better endurance during games.”

Justens said she is is very proud of her team because although it didn’t qualify to finals, this was the furthest it had gone all four years she has played.

“I think the reason we got so far this season is due to our dedication [towards] making each one of us better players,” Justens said. “Believing in each other gave each member of the team confidence and pushed us to do big things.”

 

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