The end of fall sports brings the start of winter athletic seasons. For basketball players, wrestlers and cheerleaders this means they’re back in season. But for other athletes winter is the primary time for off-season training.
Baseball is a common sport to practice in the winter. The baseball players at Gull Lake spend their winters doing indoor batting, pitching and fielding practice. The same goes for many of the softball players. The track team does a lot of running down a hallway on a track pad. For hurdlers, there are certain hallways were hurdles may be set up to use. The track team uses almost any and every place they can use to get as much off-season training in as possible.
Even though the football season just ended, the weight room is open every day. When football players are not playing another sport, they are expected to be in the weight room four days a week unless they have another reason they cannot show up. Football players are not the only people in there though. Runners are often seen on the treadmills or working out their legs. Anyone who wants to workout is welcome.
“The track team does a lot of training. We are expected to if we can. We do things like weight lifting, running through the hallways and core workouts,” said senior track sprinter Matt Pelyhes.
Baseball players are not seen in the weight room as much. They are found more in Gull Lake’s auxiliary gym where they can hold pitching and fielding lessons and workouts.
The auxiliary gym is also used for wrestling and competitive cheer practices so it is always buzzing with athletes.
Throughout the winter, athletes can be found all over Gull Lake High School even if they are not in season. Many athletes at Gull Lake take part in off-season training and it shows in Gull Lake’s great overall success in athletics.
By Ryan Mutchler