Spring Sports Preview

Boys Lax

The Woodgrove Boys Lacrosse team is looking forward to a successful season.  The team boasts a full roster, and no cuts had to be made this year.

Sophomore Collin Burns made the varsity team for the first time this year. “There’s a good legacy with Coach Lew,” Burns said.  Since several seniors chose not to play this season,  the team will “have to rely on young guys this year,” according to Burns.

The team hopes to win the state championship.
“I think we have a good set of guys, who are talented and skilled,” said Burns. “I feel that we can go far this year.”

Girls Lax
Two assistant coaches joined the two returning head coaches, giving Girls’ Lacrosse a full coaching staff. Sophomore Grace McNulty, who played on Varsity last year, said another big change is playing without last year’s seniors. “So far, we’re meshing really well,” McNulty said.
Practices consist of a lot of conditioning and stick work. The team knows they have to work hard to achieve their goals.
“Our two main goals this year are to beat Valley and make it to states again,” McNulty said.
The team feels confident that they will accomplish this. “Personally, I expect to do pretty well and hope to improve a lot,” McNulty said. “As a team, I think we’ll go pretty far this year.”

Boys Soccer
The team expects to perform well this season. “I think we have a lot of potential,” said junior Jack Eblen. “My motto is “expect to win.””
To achieve this goal, the boys work hard at practices which vary in length and difficulty, but usually involve a lot of running.
This season differs from last in that there is more “team chemistry” now. “We’re all friends,” Eblen said.

Girls Soccer
The girls’ soccer team lost a significant amount of veteran players this year, most notably last year’s senior committed to playing college soccer.
Junior Hannah Maad made the Varsity team for the first time this year. “Being on varsity is a big jump from JV, which is more developmentally based,” said Maad.
Everyone knows they will have to contribute to the team to have a successful season.“My goal is to make a difference on the field, improving personally and as a team,” Maad said.
The team expects to be returning state champions. “Our team goal is to repeat our successes from last year while we improve each game,” Maad said.
Practices are filled with “a lot of drills to work on our skills and working together as a team,” according to Maad.
Maad calls the team “very supportive of each other.”
“I love our squad and the intensity we bring to each game,” Maad said.

Boys Tennis
Boys’ tennis expects to win more matches than last season. Senior Ben Browning expects a “50-50 season.”
Their lively practices can be heard from the parking lot. “Our practices are really fun,” Browning said. “I look forward to them after school.”
The team’s main goal is to improve upon last season’s performance. “I am going to try to do better by not letting my head get to me as much,” Browning said.

Girls Tennis
The tennis team consists of 14 girls, with more underclassmen than last year. “I’m super impressed with the younger girls this year,” said junior Laurel Cope.
Practices begin with running around the courts and stretching. “After that, we do whatever he tells us to do,” Cope said.
“I hope the team makes it to districts,” Junior Laurel Cope said. “My personal goal is to move up in the rank.”
The team won their first two games of the season. “I think we will do well and win most of our matches,” Cope said.

Junior Josh Sweet, a veteran of the varsity team, has high hopes for the season. “We have a very good chance of finishing at the top of the district,” said Sweet. “If a few guys step up offensively, then we can make a run for the regional title.”
The baseball team is very tight-knit. “We love goofing off,” said Sweet, “but we know when it’s time to get work done.”
This year, after losing three 1st team all-district players, the team has to change their approach. Whereas last year’s team had a lot of “offensive firepower,” they will have to “rely more on our defense and pitching,” Sweet said.
“Our goal is to win the district and after we take care of that, we have to take things one game at a time,” Sweet said.

Due to low a turnout at tryouts, Softball made no cuts this year.
Meticulously planned-out practices focus on ameliorating mistakes from games.
Because the team lost senior players last year, girls have had to switch positions. “We had kind of a rough start, especially with pitchers,” Cole said.
Regardless, this season’s younger team gets along really well.
“I think we’ll do really well in the district because other teams lost a lot of good players, too,” said Cole. “When we get to playoffs, I think we will have a good chance.”
Softball’s goal each season is to go to states. “It would be really nice to win again this year,” said Cole.
“I hope to do better than last season,” Cole said. “My goal is always to improve.”

Each year, track has the biggest roster because it never makes any cuts.
Track practices vary from hard workouts to “recovery days,” which focus on perfecting technique. Junior Kate Parker runs the 400, 200, and 300 hurdles. “Sprinters do a lot of short distance workouts,” Parker said. “They go really fast and they really hurt.”
According to Parker, the team dynamic this year will be different because “a lot of fantastic seniors went off to college.”
Team bonding plays an important role in the track team. “I think it’s important that everyone feels included and has a good time,” said Parker.
Parker’s personal goal for the season is to get her 300 hurdle time below 49 seconds and her 200 below 27 seconds.
“I like track because it is a personal project to work hard at,” Parker said. “You get to see the results of your hard work and it’s really satisfying.”