Freshmen are Fresh
BY MAX VAN COUTREN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Every year freshmen come into Rose having to adjust to high school level competition and practices. Starting a high school sport before high school itself begins is a challenge for many of these freshmen. Many sports such as volleyball, cross country and football start practice over the summer. The freshmen playing these sports come to practice not knowing what to expect and nervous.
“The thing I was most worried about before practice started was messing up in front of the older girls,” freshman volleyball player Mairin McGlohon said. “Shanking a set or missing a hit would be embarrassing.”
One of freshman football player Lucas Thomas's fears coming into high school was being accepted by the other members of the football team.
“At first I was a little scared to make a mistake, but then after a while I was just part of the team,” Thomas said.
According to freshmen athletes, the biggest difference from junior high to high school was the everyday practice.
“At first the everyday practices were a lot, but then I got used to the workouts and long distance running,” cross country runner Brandon Hester said.
Many freshmen agree that high school sports are more intense than middle school sports.
“The practices were a lot more intense because everyone is fighting for a starting position.” McGlohon said. “There are a lot more girls to choose from now that all the district's middle schools merged together.”
There are also returning sophomores on the team.
“The practices are more difficult because we have to do things such as lift weights and run long distance that I never had to do in middle school sports,” Hester said.
Each freshmen has a different opinion on what what the hardest practices are.
“The hardest part about football is the conditioning, and it is also my least favorite part,” said Lucas Thomas.
While the transition from middle school sports to high school sports is a challenge for freshmen, the teams are all welcoming to the new team members.
“I was accepted right away because everyone on my team is super nice,” McGlohon said.
For some freshmen it took longer to be accepted.
“It took a few days, but I did feel like part of the team,” Thomas said.
However, Hester felt the warm embrace of his teammates right away.
“I felt and was treated like part of the team the minute I arrived at workouts,” Hester said.