Prolonged winter has not dampened spring athletes spirits

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Recording breaking snow has kept spring sports indoors. But in the past few years, this has become the norm. This snow and slush can be a headache to local athletes whose meets, matches, games, and tournaments must be postponed or even canceled.

What may be a bigger headache is the long drive to find accommodations and then vie for field, track or course time. Several Senior High athletes chimed in on how being under the weather has them feeling. Even those who are not apart of the sports also feel the impact like janitors and parents.

  But is it is not all bad, and they can even be brought together because of the shared burden. Junior Josh Bydynkowski, of the Lacrosse team, often has to stay up late, just to get access to the gym.

  “(Our team) is often in the gym until ten o’clock at night, because that is the only time we can get gym space,” said Bydynkowski. Because the Lacrosse team is a club team, not a school-sponsored sport, they often come after sports for priority of practice space. The lack of space due to winter can be a headache and affect the team once the playing season comes.

  “We are rustier once the season starts because we haven’t had access to fields and the space to have more game like practices,” said Bydynkowski. While space is an issue, some teams are trying to overcome mother nature with high tech solutions. The golf team has a simulated driving range which they use to practice in the wrestling balcony.

“Our coach bought it last year so we could work on our long game while stuck up in the balcony,” said junior Dustin Copa.

Before they came up with that solution, they were practicing their short game five days a week. Putts and chips are vital parts of golf, and Copa believed that it tremendously helped his game. The focus on things which might not get as much attention if they were outdoor can make for a better-polished team, and that might translate into more wins. That creativity is not limited to night tech solutions, however.

  The rugby team had practice in the parking lot. All they had were some cones to set up their boundaries and a rugby ball. While they were not able to tackle on the pavement, they were able to work on their teamwork and passing. These added skills can add to a sense to confidence to a team, and make them more versatile.

“Right now our defense looks very good because they don’t have to defend such a large area,” said Bydynkowski. Small senses of accomplishments may translate onto the field. Another thing that indoor season can do is contribute to a sense of mental toughness and conditioning, which contributes to the team already.

Sophomore Keegan Bohlman said that his baseball team has gotten some really focused practices, with lots of conditioning. “Our practices have been sharper indoors, and our coaches have helped distill a good work ethic,” said Bohlman.

Other sports such as track and soccer are long adjusted to the indoor season, as both regularly hold indoor practices and even competitions. For them, this snow is just an extension of the practices they were holding before the season started