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The Reporter • May 2012

Reaping the rewards Athletes find ways to treat themselves after a good game, meet that come from his teammates. “It’s really only beneficial when your team is proud of what you’ve done,” Hargis said. “When my team congratulates me, it gives me the drive to keep improving so that I can continue to help my team.” Head track coach Mike Smith agrees. “The best rewards are the verbal rewards from teammates and coaches. When they come up and tell you ‘good job’,” Smith said. Junior tennis player Nick Gochenour said it’s unnecessary to get rewarded. He said his reward is simply being able to say he did a stellar job. “It’s more of just a Photo by Caleb Hecker pride thing,” GochenSophomore Trey Taylor throws a pitch during a varsity home game against our said. “So I can go Chanute. Paola won the game 16-7 on April 10. tell everyone that I’m the best.” track meet, Hargis buys himSophomore Jessica self a Snickers bar as a motiva- Schasteen winds down after aly johnson reporter tor to do well in the meet so he doing well in a swim meet by Whether it’s by chowing can later indulge. taking time to relax. down on a Snickers bar, havHargis started using the “It’s nice to be able to just ing team sing-a-longs, or candy bar to reward himself relax and not worry about going out for some Mexican in his first track meet during what’s going on,” Schasteen food, athletes all have different his sophomore year and he said. ways of rewarding themselves said the practice has stuck Schasteen also said her parafter a long day’s work. with him since. ents reward her by telling her For senior Justice Hargis, a Though a Snickers bar re- she did well after every meet. Snickers bar is his go-to post- ally hits the spot, Hargis said “They always tell me I did a game reward. Before every the best rewards are those great job, no matter how good

or bad I did,” Schasteen said. Rather than taking time to relax after a long day of playing baseball, sophomore Trey Taylor said his team breaks out into sing-a-longs on the bus ride home, then he and his friends stay up late reliving the highlights of the game. Taylor said he is motivated to do well in a game so he can help out his team. “I always try to be a good teammate and not let my team down,” Taylor said. Freshman Lyndsee Johnson said her motivation to do well in softball games comes from always wanting to exceed her own expectations. Johnson said she rewards herself with a pat on the back after doing well in a game and she said she sees being rewarded for doing well in a sport as a positive thing. “I feel like it gets me going— makes me want to succeed more,” Johnson said. On top of a pat on the back, Johnson said she likes to reward herself by going out for some delicious food after a game. “I usually go eat at El Potro,” Johnson said. “I love Mexican food.” Johnson said she sees rewarding oneself as beneficial because it serves as motivation for future success. “It makes me think that I’m going to receive a reward for everything I accomplish, so it makes me always strive to do my best,” Johnson said.

Paige Getz Grade: Junior Events: High Jump 100 meter hurdles 300 meter hurdles Triple jump Records: High Jump 5ft. 3 in. 100 meter hurdles: 16.1 sec. “I like watching everyone compete, being in a good team, having fun with my teammates and competing with other schools.” - Paige Getz “She encourages all her teammates. She’s very supportive of her team and willing to sacrifice for the team.” -Head track coach Mike Smith

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Athletes find ways to treat themselves after a good game, meet Sophomore Trey Taylor throws a pitch during a varsity home game against Chanu...