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The Reporter • November 2013

Seniors say goodbye

Kirk, Auten, Slayman finish high school career in fall sports eric haefele reporter

Photo by Katharina Dietz

Senior Katie-Jo Kirk runs during the Mill Valley cross country meet. Kirk finished in seventh place and the girls team finished in second place.

It’s a bittersweet experience for senior cross country runner Katie-Jo Kirk. She will always remember her team as a family. This is because of the support given by everyone around she said. “You form bonds with people you wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise,” Kirk said. It’s a combination of missing the people and the sport she said. “I try to enjoy every meet because I know it’s my last,” Kirk said. Senior volleyball player Madison Auten said she will always miss the connection she had with the girls on the team, and will miss all of the team bonding nights that she experienced. “I love the volleyball family, but I’m

excited to start new things,” Auten said. Volleyball head coach Michelle Abshire said she believes seniors are important parts of the team. “They bring leadership, set examples on and off the court and are like an extension of me,” Abshire said. Abshire said it’s hard to see kids leave after all the years she’s known them. “Fortunately, Paola always seems to have good replacements,” Abshire said. Sometimes, an athlete will grow up around a sport and said coming into their last season they feel sad. This is how senior football player Andrew Henn feels about this season. He said he will miss the team meals and the good times. “The team atmosphere seemed like one

big family,” Henn said. This is the only season senior soccer player Seth Slayman has played, but he still sensed the feeling of being on a team. Slayman said he will miss the sport, the coaches and some of the bonds he made with other players. “I wish I would have played more but I’m glad I did play,” Slayman said. He said he will always remember the leadership qualities he learned. Overall the seniors could easily agree there were big advantages to being on a sports team and leaving was going to be a tough experience. “It’s a very rewarding experience and helps you grow mentally tough,” Kirk said.

Athletes take different courses to compete brooke prothe sports editor

Fisher fires off in paintball matches

LaFrance trains for triathlons

being able to rely on each other and trusting that your team will know what to do,” Fisher said. Paintball is the one sport Fisher enjoys playing. “Not a lot of people can do it or even want to do it.” Fisher said. Fisher said it doesn’t take very much physical preparation to play, but a lot of mental preparation. Fisher said he mentally prepares by listening to music and going through a quick rundown with his team on the strategy. His teammates have to be able to rely on him, just as much as he has to rely on them. “[The game] is all about cooperation. There are very few moments when you’re all on your own,” Fisher said.

triathlon with him. “I like the challenge. I was already pretty good at swim and I figured if I trained for the others I could be good at it,” LaFrance said. Out of the three parts of the race, LaFrance said the hardest is running, the last section of the race. “I’m already tired from swimming and biking, so I’m just ready for it to be over,” LaFrance said. LaFrance said he plans to continue to participate in triathlons, which have just become a college sport, after he graduates high school.

Senior Zach Fisher played paintball for the first time at a birthday party when he was twelve, and has been playing ever since. Paintball is played with one-shot elimination. Get hit with the paintball once, and that person is out of the game. The first team to win seven separate games wins the match. Fisher said paintball is exciting because it’s an adrenaline rush. “It’s a competitive sport in which all that matters is how good of a team you have,

Freshman Nathan LaFrance spends about 20 hours every week training for triathlons. The events in a triathlon are swimming 800 yards, then biking eight miles and then running a 5k, without stopping in between. LaFrance was introduced to triathlons by his seventh grade teacher, Larry Criddle. LaFrance said Criddle was running and asked LaFrance if he would like to do a

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