Freshmen prove to be promising athletes
BY RYLAN PUCKETT ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Whether it’s on the football field, golf course, volleyball court or soccer field, freshmen Ryan Goodwin, Jackson Stanley, Lauren Phillips, and Zach Evans are setting themselves up early for success as high school athletes.
Freshman quarterback Ryan Goodwin decided to take after his father and play football. He practices two to three hours every day and strives to be a leader on the field as much as he can. Goodwin feels that his team is going to be really good this year.
“I think varsity is looking really good so far,” Goodwin said. “I’m excited to see how this season goes.”
From the football field to the fairway freshman say they have big plans for sports this year. Golf star Jackson Stanley said he wants to be just like his idol Tiger Woods. In the past three year Stanley has played competitive golf, and he has won six tournaments. Stanley also qualified for the N.C. Junior last year. At the age of four Stanley started playing golf. Stanley tries to practice every day. This year at Rose, he plans to work on his consistency. Stanley feels like he is a major asset to the team.
“Even though i’m a freshman I like to think that I'm a leader,” Stanley said.
In another case freshman volleyball player Lauren Phillips is hoping to help her team to get revenge on Conley this season. Phillips and her travel ball won a national qualifier last year. Phillips started playing volleyball when she was in the third grade. Phillips neighbor got her very interested in the sport because one day she saw the volleyball going up and down in her neighbor's yard so she went over and checked it out and played for hours. She mainly plays setter but also plays hitter. She tries to keep the players’ heads up and get them pumped.
“I feel that i am a leader because I keep everyone's head up and keep them motivated,” Phillips said.
On the other hand freshman soccer player Zach Evans; does not think he’s a leader quite yet but plans to be a great leader later on in his high school soccer career. Evans started playing soccer when he was three years old. He feels that Rose will do really well this year and maybe win a championship. He practices and works hard every day.
“I plan to work really hard and listen and be respectful to coach.” Evans said.
Whether it is behind the putter or behind the offensive line, these star freshman are worth watching.