In life, even though we are told not to do so, a lot of us “count our chickens before they hatch”. We make assumptions on things before they happen because we believe that if something seems so likely, it will happen. Well, that is what my Liberty High School cross country team did my sophomore year. Going into the year, we not only knew we were going to be strong, we thought other teams were going to be weak. The top teams from the state finals the previous year had all lost most of their key pieces. In our minds, the state title was already won. Early season success led us to believe our prediction would come true. Meet after meet led to one win after another. We looked unstoppable. But things quickly changed later in the season when one of our better runners had to sit out for an extended period of time with a pulled hip flexor. At first we didn’t think it would affect us …show more content…
Despite the newspapers and previews saying we would not contend for the state title that year, I kept in my head that anything could happen. Going into the year I told our team “lets focus on what we can do to improve, and not worry about anyone else”. At the beginning, other teams were too strong for our inexperienced runners to compete with, but we didn’t change the focus. Practice after practice, I made sure we were doing everything we could to be at our best for the end of the year. I didn’t care what other teams were doing because we had no control over that. The only thing we could control was what we were doing to improve as a team. Our last regular season meet before championship season is where I first saw that mentality pay off. We had won our first invitational, and that sparked the belief in all of us that we had a shot for a state title. But it was after regionals that we began to believe we should prepare to win. A regional title gave us the exact confidence boost we needed going into the state
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Seven years this group of boys had played together and not once had they won the state championship, however this year this team had swore that it would be different. The next day,Saturday June twenty sixth, this team would face off against the seven time champions,
It was an early Saturday morning in October, when the Panther girls softball team were playing for a third straight win. The two games before that flew by easily, we won both and were playing to be seeded first in the tournaments the next day. The crowd was full of excitement, parents yelling, and the coach yelling at the umpires, because of bad calls. We were nervous because it was a really good team that had 3 of the best players in the state. We had played them in two previous tournaments, and lost on the second day, so this time we were determined to beat them.
Managing to overcome any doubts, this team snatched up a state title. “We played the best of the best.” Stated former Appleton East player, Randall Reed. The State Tournament was after graduation and was leading into the summer. “Practice was pretty laid back, we were at the end of our season so we had a routine that we followed.
The summer before my junior year, my team and I received news that we were going to be aligned into a tougher district. This meant our opponents were now going to be stronger, faster, taller, more skillful, and much more experienced. These large schools that we were now aligned to play against have had strong athletic programs that were established years ago. Memorial High School (my school) on the other hand, has yet to establish an athletics program, which meant each of us were behind experience wise. When we were given the news, I could tell by looking at everyone’s faces that no one wanted to continue playing; they all just wanted to give up.
I’ll admit it, I’m not the best player on my team. And as we all know, there’s only so many spots for the varsity team. So in no way did I expect to make varsity as a sophomore. However, I didn’t expect my friends too, either. The preseason had gone well: we practiced in the gym
I hope what we did shows them, no matter your size, no matter your age, no matter height or weight, if you put more work in then the next guy you will be successful. No matter what just play you heart out and leave it all on the field. Do to the actions my teams and I have accomplished in those years I believe my family will think highly of me for working hard and playing my heart out, but that's part of the reason they will think highly of me. I feel they will because we set the bar high for the oncoming district teams as they will have to work insanely hard and long so they can accomplish something we didn't. As I may be athletic and played in the regional tournament I wanna be remembered for something more then that, I wanna be remembered for who I am as a person, my traits could have played into this as I am the person to make people laugh when down, or always joking around and happy, alone side that I am hardworking and I want my teachers to always remember me for that as I work hard day in and out during school.
and we were all 2002s. When my team and I were training for this big event, flying to New York and playing on the Miracle on Ice rink, we had one thing on our mind, as did our coaches and that was to win. But to do that we needed to have dedication
I kept going for the guy next to me performing to the best to his ability. Success was the result of all the hard relentless work done throughout June into August. I acknowledged that my team had a good group of seniors who were high character student-athletes I spent most of childhood with. Ultimately finishing with a record of 3 wins and 7 loses taught me many lessons on becoming a better person and
NC State came back, and went on a run of extremely close games to win the ACC, players recall- now it looks like practice, we’re cutting down the net, they can now see what Valvano had been seeing all along, they believed. The NC State team went into the NCAA, and made it to the final where they were complete underdogs, they won by 2 points in the final second-true NC fashion, and achieved the ‘dream’ through nothing but belief, mental toughness, and
The coach is confident that they can make it but it is still up to the effort of the team. As the bond of the coach and runners grow, they become much better as a team. The State Championship qualifying race comes up and the team is excited but also nervous. After a close race, McFarland’s cross country team winds up placing 4th place which is the last qualifying spot for the State Championship
This all changed when I joined the cross country team in my junior year. My best friend had joined the year prior and in an elaborate attempt to not be the worst on the team he got me to join. My friend started off the discussion by humorously saying “You should join the cross country team, it will give you something to do during the school year.” “Why would I do that, I never ran a day in my life outside of school,” I replied “You’re just scared that you won’t be able to beat me once you join, if that’s the case I think it’s better if you don’t join then.”
In my life I value schedules and planning. Despite this, I also love adventures and new experiences. Every day I’m surprised by what odd and unexpected things happen, I never truly know what the next moment will hold. Over the summer I made an interesting decision to embark on a three month long adventure unlike any other I had been through. I decided to join the cross country team.
It demanded, or so I believed a ‘24/7’ commitment. The message I was delivering was “To be the best, everything in your life must be geared to get you there.” Two things happened to me in the first few years of my coaching career that changed that thinking. In my early days, I had some very talented girls who ran for me at St. Patrick’s School.
We get into the gym and get our stuff on. Everyone is looking pretty tired as the other teams are full of excitement. RIght before our game coach says, “Everyone needs to get it togther and go 100% all of the time. “ and we respond by saying, “Coach, we can do this! “ We get on the court to play our first game we are looking a little better than before but not much.
The teams that we are going against are good their coaches are pro coaches they know what they are doing that’s a big Adventist for them. I'm the fastest on my team and all my teammates are depending on me to win the championship, for the first time. I am scare because I have never had this much responsibility on me I don’t want to let my teammates down, there's