Athletes share views on sports culture at WHS

Janani Gandhi and Naomi Lathan

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Lindsay Barnard Sophomore Sport(s): soccer, lacrosse, track

Lindsay Barnard
Sophomore
Sport(s): soccer, lacrosse, track

 

 

“[The sports culture is] intense. Some kids are playing sports to play in college. I would say lenient [too] because some kids are doing it to stay fit and do a sport, low key. Sports come second to school.”

 

 

 

 

 

Zack Dresens Sophomore Sport(s): soccer

Zack Dresens
Sophomore
Sport(s): soccer

 

 

“Three words to describe sports at the high school [are]… I would say, passionate, time consuming and rewarding. Sports players spend a lot of time at practice. I can speak on behalf of the soccer team. We work really hard, and there are a lot of rewards that come with it. The general attitude in school, with the ‘psychs’ and stuff, is really passionate here.”

 

 

 

 

Sydney Orlov Sophomore Sport(s): crew

Sydney Orlov
Sophomore
Sport(s): crew

 

 

 

“[It’s] diverse because we do a lot of sports here. [It’s] time consuming because, well, my sport is six days a week for two hours. [It’s also] just exciting. We get pumped up about every sport in the best way.”

 

 

 

 

Colby Bryant Sophomore Sport(s): football, baseball

Colby Bryant
Sophomore
Sport(s): football, baseball

 

 

“[It’s] competitive, dedicated, and team-building [in] the way the practices and the games make you feel. Competitive because that’s just how sports are. Dedicated because a lot of athletes are really into the sports they play and choose to play them for fun. Team-building because a lot of athletes get along and want to play as a team.”

 

 

 

 

Nick Smith Freshman Sport(s): soccer, swimming, lacrosse

Nick Smith
Freshman
Sport(s): soccer, swimming, lacrosse

 

 

“The words that I would choose to describe [sports at WHS] are exciting and intense because everyone is always getting hyped up about a big game coming up. Everyone is really excited around the school. It’s intense because practices are long, but they do pay off in the end.”

 

 

 

 

Ellery Kiefer Junior Sport(s): soccer, basketball, track

Ellery Kiefer
Junior
Sport(s): soccer, basketball, track

 

 

 

“Freshman year, I made varsity in two different sports, so I met different people in all the grades. It was a really good way to meet upperclassmen. [Sports] are also rewarding. You just get this sort of feeling when you destroy Weston.”

 

 

 

 

Jacob Horowitz Freshman Sport(s): soccer

Jacob Horowitz
Freshman
Sport(s): soccer

 

 

“[The sports culture is] enthusiastic, supportive and intense because in sports at Wayland High School everybody is trying their hardest, and they’re always trying to make each other better and increase the team’s overall performance, and I think that’s a great quality of Wayland High School.”

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Prince Sophomore Sport(s): football, baseball

Jeffrey Prince
Sophomore
Sport(s): football, baseball

 

 

“[Sports include] competition, enthusiasm, commitment. [Sports are] a big part of the Wayland High School experience, and I think there are a lot of great bonds. Everyone’s really committed to both having fun and playing games.”

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Stahl Sophomore Sport(s): basketball

Lauren Stahl
Sophomore
Sport(s): basketball

 

 

“[It’s] resourceful because you have two indoor basketball courts, you have many fields for different sports and you have a weight room too. [It’s] inclusive because there are many sports to choose from, so you have many options and a variety of things to choose from and many teams to be on and stuff to do.”

 

 

 

 

Lauren Horowitz Junior Sport(s): crew

Lauren Horowitz
Junior
Sport(s): Crew

“[It’s] body-positive because sports have really helped me with my mental image of myself and really [being] appreciative of what I see in the mirror because I’ve worked so hard on it. [It’s a] community because your team really becomes your family. You do a bunch of stuff with them. You have to hang out with them every day, so you have no choice but to love them. [It’s also] douchey because we are condescending to everyone else. All sports teams are kind of just like, ‘Oh, you don’t play a sport? Well I’m busy, so…’”

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