Spring athletes prepare for upcoming season
Though the weather might hint otherwise, spring sports are right around the corner.
The high school season is just snippet of the time and work athletes put in throughout the year.
“I play travel softball year round to prepare which includes, practice, workouts, and lessons and then additionally I workout at the school by myself or with the team,” junior Domonique Proctor, softball player said.
Junior Emily Chatham, tennis player, has also been training all year.
“The past year I’ve been practicing at Uindy with a lot of other players in our conference and playing in tournaments on the weekends. I have also been hitting and conditioning in the barn with Runge and the rest of the girls on the team,” Chatham said.
Senior Emily Bonser, fielder, suffered a serious knee injury that kept her from training to her full capacity, but she is now cleared and has been working hard to make up for lost time.
“Coming back from an acl and meniscus surgery I worked to strengthen my muscles and once I was released I started working with a new trainer, where I train 2-4 times a week,” Bonser said.
Spring athletes have set specific goals for the season– as individuals and for their teams.
“This year I think we will be able to beat a lot more teams that are in our conference because we have a lot of freshman who are going to fill in the spots on our varsity lineup that we lost from last season. One of my goals personally is to beat my record from last season and hopefully place higher at the conference meet,” Bonser said.
The softball team won county last year, and senior Allison Hayes has her eyes set there this season, too.
“I really am hoping to win county again and make it out of the first round of sectionals,” Hayes said.
Senior Janae Johnson, hurdler, utilizes the offseason to help get her body ready for the track season.
“In addition to track I run cross country in the fall,” Johnson said. “I use cross as a way to train my body to get ready for track season. I also go to winter workouts with the team during the week.”
While the athletes are focused on training to win and represent GHS, they can agree that one of the best parts of the season is the community of athletics.
“My favorite part about season is really growing closer with the people you run with and being able to push our team to the best of their ability,” Johnson said.
Chatham’s favorite part about tennis season falls along those same lines.
“My favorite part about season is bonding with the team during our early morning breakfasts or getting food after some of the away matches,” Chatham said.