EYE ON THE PRIZE: Freshman Gavin Bolte admires the trophy case on Wednesday, May 31 in the ABC building. “Looking at these trophies that the other athletic groups won encourages me to work harder in football,” Bolte said. “We have the capability of having a successful season. Our teams just have to work together.” PHOTO BY ALLISON EVANS
The football team will prepare for the upcoming season with practices before and after school starting in August.
“Every year is new with a lot of excitement and anticipation of what might be,” Football coach Ronald Harris said. “There’s just always the idea of how you never know how it’s going to play out. Maybe the best phrase I can use right now is ‘cautiously optimistic’. There’s the experience and talent we have returning, and I have some pretty good expectations of what’s to come on the field. We have a chance to be a good football team.”
Junior varsity and varsity will practice in the evening and freshman will practice in the morning. Practices will run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 4:35 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“Over this off-season, we have really come together as a team,” freshman Gavin Bolte said. “Everyone has improved. If you look at our practices from the freshman season, you could tell that only a handful of the players cared. Now, if you look at the spring practices, everyone is giving 100 percent, which has shown a lot of hidden talent in our players.”
With five returning starters on offense and five returning starters on defense, the team has enough experience to be able to be competitive and challenged.
“If we keep practicing like we should and act like a team, we’ll be unstoppable.” Bolte said.
After the death of senior Josh Pollard, the teams played in honor of their lost teammate. The varsity advanced to playoffs with a #12 flag above their helmets. However, the team’s victory streak ended in the fourth round of playoffs after being defeated Steele High School.
“Josh Pollard’s death brought everyone together and showed us what it’s like to lose a brother,” freshman Chris Pruske said. “It impacted so many of our team members, which gave us another reason to play our hearts out.” By Allison Evans