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What it takes to be an athlete By: Peyton Grattino What does it take to be a cougar athlete? “Dedication”, and “perseverance” are only two of the things athletes insist that you need to be a student athlete at Cherokee Trail High School. Deon Barfield, a Senior who plays on Varsity Basketball and Football, says to be an athlete at CT “You have to work hard at everything you do, be a leader in the school and be a role model for everyone else”. Homework is big problem for all of the athletes and just because they are an athlete does not mean that everything else gets put on pause. Dylan Brooks, a sophomore on JV and Varsity Football, said “I don’t have lots of time for my family”. Dylan also said he gets “5 hours of sleep” on a normal night. Homework does vary from person to person because of the

classes that they have, and Parker Young, a sophomore on JV said that “Homework takes me two hours.” Football players are not the ones who are having are problems. The volleyball players are also having a hard time both academically and mentally. Some players are saying they go to bed “…around 11 o’clock”. Sam Smith, a Junior on JV. says that homework “…usually takes me, 3 hours”. The coaches are also have problems finding time, but they have their priorities setup. Coach Dain Magnall said, “… I make family my number one priority and spending time with them is extremely important to me.” The varsity Volleyball coach said, “My wife calls herself a volleyball widow when the volleyball

season rolls around. I have been doing it for so many years that it almost becomes second nature.” After what happened last year with one of his players he said, “Mentally last year was the hardest season of my career. The state championship was a fitting end in my mind for the difficulties that we had last season…” Being a Cougar athlete may not an easy job, but the players might go down as a CT legend if they try hard and give it their all. Athletes give up a lot to do this, like sleep, family time, homework time, and a bit more. There are two sides of this players from both teams say that both of these sports give them “stress relief”. Both athletes and coaches say that if anyone is thinking about joining a sport they should do it.

“Work hard at everything you do, be a leader in the school and be a role model for everyone else.” -jr. Deon Barfield

The Varcity Football team stands on the side lines watching in awe as a game changing play unfolds. CT players left that game with their heads high with a single idea about “going all the way.” photo by: Peyton Grattino

“I don’t have a lot of time for my family.” -Dylan Brooks, Football Photo by: Maddog Photography

“It’s a challenge to achieve balance in school, sports and family life, however I make family my #1 priority” -Coach Mangall, Football Photo by: Kalif President

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“It is hard to do. My wife calls herself a volleyball widow when the volleyball season rolls around.” -Coach Miller, Volleyball

“Volleyball is like a vacation from all my stress.” -Cierra Williams, Volleyball Photo by: Peyton Grattino

Photo by: Peyton Grattino

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