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JOIN THE CLUB (YOU MIGHT HAVE TO) Conor Zielinski ’17 believes that playing club increases the chances of an athlete performing carter.aaron@wsspaper.com well at the highest level possible. eko.leola@wsspaper.com “Playing [club sports] allows us [as players], to The student section supports athletes that sport stay in the best form we can until high school green and gold, but would they recognize the season comes around.” Zielinski said. Zielinski plays for the Iowa Soccer Club (ISC), school stars in their club uniforms? Club sports allow athletes to keep and according to Zielinski the teams for both practicing their sport club and school consist of similar players. “I know for soccer, a lot of the guys that of choice in all seasons. Jessie Harder ’16, are on the school team are on the same starting pitcher for club team.” Zielinski said, “This makes the softball team, it easier [for club players] when school believes that being season comes around because we know in a club sport gives how to play together.” Some students who participate in a Emily Halverson ’17 an advantage to an club sport know that there is a specific athlete. “Club sports have club they need to play for in order to be numerous advantages. You are able to stay on adequately prepared for the high school top of your game, [play] year-round and also team. One example of this is Emily Halverson get to meet a lot of new people that you don’t ’17. “You have to play in the right club. If you’re in a necessarily go to school with,” Harder said. Harder pitched a complete 13-inning shutout good club, you’ll [have a better experience] and last year for her team, which can be attributed get training from more educated coaches,” she to her work ethic. During the season, Harder said. Another benefit of being part of a club sport is practices three hours on off-days and practices one hour before games, not including her that it can increase the chance of being scouted practices in club sports with the Southeast Iowa for a college team. “If you’re on a club team that goes to a larger tournament, you’ll likely get more attention from scouts,” said Halverson. “ [Club and school sports] teach Volleyball player Madi Ford you different things. They give ’17 has a similar experience. “My club goes to Power you an opportunity to play difLeague, which is in Illinois, ferent styles and with different and there are a lot of scouts there,” she said. players.” -Alex Henderson ‘16 Alex Henderson ’16 also travels frequently for basketball, on the Iowa Barnstormers. All-Stars. “I get more attention from scouts because I am “I usually get more attention from colleges playing club,” Harder said. “But if we make it to playing against better players, who usually draw more scouts there,” he said. state, scouts really pay attention to that as well.”

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According to Henderson, it is also advantageous to play both to gain different perspectives on the game. “ [Club and school sports] teach you different thing,.” Henderson said. “They give you an opportunity to play different styles and with different players.” Heelah Nadler ’16, forward for the West girls soccer team and the Iowa Soccer Club, enjoys

“I’ve really grown up with my teamates.”

-Heelah Nadler ’16

her time playing both on her club team and the West team, but for very different reasons. “The West team has a short season, and I still get close to my team, and club is a long-term team. I’ve really grown up with my teammates,” Nadler said. Kevin Delaney ’15, practices twice a week with his club team and five times a week during the school season, but he believes that practice alone isn’t sufficient. “In my opinion, you Kevin DeLaney ’15 can practice as much as you want, but if you aren’t out there on the field in a game, you aren’t doing everything you can do get better,” Delaney said. According to Delaney, school sports are more important. “With school sports, I feel like it has a bigger impact on the community,” Delaney said. “It serves more of a purpose to us as players.” Delaney believes, along with his teammates, that when athletes play for something more meaningful, they will play harder for that cause. DESIGN BY CLAIRE MURRAY

Feb. 13, 2015 issue  

Iowa City West High's February 2015 student newspaper

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