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Spring sport athletes prepare for new season ahead Girls Tennis Jeremy Beaver jeremy.beaver7@gmail.com Spring is right around the corner, and with it, comes spring sports. Every spring sport from baseball to tennis has already started getting ready for the upcoming season. To prepare for a great season, the teams have been working hard at weights, conditioning, and Morning of Champions.

Baseball/Softball

Baseball players meet Monday at 6:30 a.m. for Morning of Champions in the Auxiliary Gym. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, the students meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym for open gym, and Mondays and Wednesdays after school for weights. Girls softball has also been preparing for the season by attending weights, open gyms and Morning of Champions. Every season, the boys baseball team aims to win 20 plus games on varsity, compete for and win an HCC championship win Sectional, just to name a few. “We expect to continue the Tiger baseball tradition,” said boys baseball coach Matthew Cherry. “We shoot for a state title, as well as to excel in the classroom.”

Connecting with each other as a team to continue showing support for one another, the girls tennis is aiming to bring home a state championship. The girls prepare by going to weights after school and Morning of Champions every Monday. This season, the girls tennis might have to make cuts, unlike last year, if the number of girls who come to tryouts gets bigger than what the coaches expected. If they have tryouts, the coaches normally examine the players’ shots, serves and volleys. “The team wants to connect with each other and continue showing support to one another,” said last year’s JV player Alyssa Adili. “We just want to grow together and overall make it to state.”

Boys Golf

Teeing off in April, the team is preparing with indoor practice at Golf 365 in Noblesville. “Anyone may come try out for the team that is an FHS student,” said boys golf coach Jason Farling. “The tryouts consists of the players participating in eight to twelve nine hole rounds and we’ll determine who is kept for the top 12.” Tryouts begin three weeks before spring break while the season starts a week after. The boys golf team has high hopes for

Track: Boys & Girls

Advancing more boys to the state meet is the main objective in the upcoming season. They mainly hope to build upon the success they experienced last season. The growth in numbers of boys track participants, however, may be changing the way the program runs. Since the inception of the boys track program in 2007, it has been a non-cut sport. Due to the growth of the program in the past couple of seasons, they are contemplating the use of team cuts for this season. “If we need to make cuts, it will be based mainly on an athlete’s performance in a specific event,” boys track coach Nathan Warnecke said. Same goes for the girls track team. The girls are preparing by conditioning and meeting up at least two to three times a week to lift weights and run. Last year, the girls track was less than ten points away from winning county, conference, sectional and regional. “Since we are always trying to improve, we will be disappointed if we don’t give ourselves a great chance to win all three,” girls track coach Andrew Belloli said. “Our main goal is to qualify all three relays for the state meet, and to qualify more individuals than previous year for the state meet.” Contact the coaches for more information.

Tryout Process: Baseball/Softball: Day one begins by playing catch. The rest of the first day is spent on defensive work. Day two is focused on the offensive side. The team spends the majority of the day two hitting and bunting. Finally, day three the team will run an intrasquad scrimmage. Girls Tennis: The players get in a line and, individually, get evaluated on their serves, backhands and volleys. Boys Golf Golf: Eight to 12 nine hole rounds that will determine who is kept for the top 12. Track: Based on performance standards and execution in certain events.

Wrestlers hope to pin state championship title lukaskudrzik@gmail.com Wrestling is the oldest sport dating back to ancient civilizations. It has gone through some considerable changes, but the fire of the sport still burns within the wrestlers. So far the team has had a winning record this season. They plan on keeping it that way; the varsity is 19-5, and the JV/freshman are 12-2. “We lost a couple of duels before we had all our football players back, and we lost a couple of close duals early in the season,” head coach Jake Harreld said. “But we finished strong with some close wins against very good opponents. Overall, it has been a great season for us as we head into sectionals.” At the tournament in Toledo, Ohio over winter break, the JV team faced 17 opponents from Ohio as well as Michigan. The JV ended up coming in first place by a large margin. “Toledo was one of my favorite experiences this year; it was a great trip with the guys and a successful trip where we took first by a large margin,” sophomore wrestler Ben Williams said.

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Usually, the varsity would accompany the JV to Toledo, but instead they participated in another tournament in Connersville, Indiana during winter break. The varsity ended up finishing sixth out of 34 teams by the end of the tournament. At first, the freshman were separated from everyone else because there were just too many people; eventually, they were all mixed together in order to add to their experience. As the team heads into sectionals, it becomes more individualized instead of a team focus; the next match is a sectional game at Zionsville and the date is to be announced. “This is a fun sport because you can be physical with each other and not get in trouble for picking someone up and slamming them down. It’s also fun to win,” sophomore wrestler Ryan Padget said. Harreld also said that besides just fun, wrestlers gain lots of experience such as discipline, self-confidence, work ethic and perserverance. “Our senior class has done a great job for us these last four years, and we will be losing a lot of experience and leadership from them next year. However, we have many freshmen and sophomores with a lot of potential who are very ready to step in next years and continue the progress our program has made the last seven seasons,” said Harreld.

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