As winter sports come to an end and the spring athletics start to begin, students are conditioning and getting ready for the upcoming sports. Here are some of the athletics that are going to be available March 12.
Boys’ and Girls’ Track & Field
One of the spring sports that Gull Lake offers is girls’ track, coached by Anne Flynn, and boys’ track, coached by Jason Manette. Sign up for track and field today at gull lake track.com. The official practice begins March 12 but pre-season conditioning is happening now. The coaches recommend to “run, lift, and stretch” to get your body in shape for the new season.
Boys’ baseball, coached by Bill Blakely, is also underway.
Junior Nathan Tomlinson is looking forward to playing for Mr. Blakely. He said that baseball is not just “conditioning and strength,” it is mostly skill and knowledge. He claimed that the coaches help the team out with both aspects of baseball—strength and skill—immensely.
“We will have a great baseball team, and we will have a great season despite missing Zach Fish,” junior Nathan Tomlinson said. “Although, we have enough talent to fit his spot.”
Jeff Corstange’s girls’ soccer is also coming soon. Conditioning has already started to get the girls ready for try-outs. Practice hasn’t started yet but after March 12, it will be every day except game days from 2:45 to 5 p.m.
This is Corstange’s first time coaching girls’ soccer for Gull Lake.
Many people don’t realize soccer is a sport that requires logic. It is about 90 percent thinking and 10 percent physical, according to a soccer training guide by Mirsad Hasic. You have to know what to do with the ball before you receive it. Even though it is mostly thinking, it also involves lots of running and good technique.
“What I like about soccer is it keeps us very active and in shape,” Crawford said.
Coached by Roger Cornelius, girls’ tennis is fast approaching.
“My favorite thing about tennis is all the friends that I have made that just want to play tennis with me regardless of how good or bad I am at it,” junior Danielle Smith said. “All the girls are really fun and during the season we form our own little family.”
Girls’ softball, coached by Kate Smith, is another spring sport Gull Lake offers its students. Practice is Monday through Friday at 4:30 to 7 p.m. and occasionally on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
“I love everything about the game but especially the feeling when the ball hits off your bat and you know you hit it well,” senior Courtney Mast said.
The softball coach challenges the girls and drives them towards success.
“She holds us to a high standard and knows what we are capable of and pushes us to be the best we can,” Mast said.
The girls said they will do well this season.
“I think we could win the conference, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication from our team,” Mast said.
Boys’ golf, coached by Pat Pearson, is almost here.
“Mr. Pearson is a laid-back coach. It makes things very less stressful and he helps a lot on the course when we need it,” senior Bryan Vandenberg said.
Just like the softball team, Bryan said he thinks the boys’ golf team will do great this year.
“We will hopefully make it to state and finish in the top three or even win,” Vandenberg said.
Hurry and sign up for a spring sport. Try-outs are on March 12. For more information on a specific sport go to www.gulllakecs.org/glhs/site/Directory_List.asp?byType=40.
By Sarah Snyder