Spotlight: Athletes who make an impact off the field and court
Sports are driven by competitive nature. Athletes on the field or court work hard to be successful and to do their best. When it comes to spotlighting players, people tend to focus on those who score all the points or have the most playing time. However, the athletes who don’t have the highest stats are just as important.
Freshman Emerson Morris-North is a varsity right-back/left back on the men’s soccer team. He has played soccer since he was about four or five years old and plans on playing for the next three years.
“It’s a beautiful game,” said Morris-North. “It kept me in line throughout my life, and I really benefitted from it.”
He says he feels that his role outside of being a player is to encourage others. He points out the positive and constructive aspects of his teammates.
With a challenging season, whenever he gets the chance to actually play on the field, he goes for it.
“It was a tough season. It makes me be hopeful for the future since we have such a young team,” Morris-North said.
He bonds with his teammates through hanging out with them on and off the field.
Through his support, he was able to become an important part of the team, even as a freshman.
For women’s soccer, Em Fellows was one of the star players last year. This season, Fellows has been on the sidelines for six weeks from a bone bruise on her knee. Even though her injury kept her from playing, she has taken advantage of the situation and has shined as a leader and motivator.
Fellows joined the team with a high level of training and now that she observes the team, she offers feedback to the players.
“I’m not going ask of anyone anything that I’m not doing,” Fellows said.
As one of the captains, many of her fellow players look up to her.
“The whole team is playing for her,” freshman Zoe Langsdorf said.
Recently, Fellows wrote a letter addressed to the whole team, expressing what she learned throughout her experience this year.
“The season has been a blessing in disguise for me,” Fellows said in the letter. “I have learned what it means to be a teammate—not only a teammate, but a teammate who cares, worries and finds joy in the successes of the players.
Sophomore Michon Hunsaker has played varsity volleyball for the past two years. She has recognized that even though she isn’t one of the highest ranked players, she still has to remain positive and be an example.
“It’s important to be there for my team and work hard to improve myself and increase the level of play of the team during practices,” Hunsaker said.
During games, she looks out for ways to help the players who are usually missed while being on the court.
Hunsaker is supportive of her teammates as she hangs out with them during practices and retreats, and at sophomore-freshman dinners in Dillin after practice.
“It’s character-building,” Hunsaker said. “I make an impact off the court and am supportive of my team in a different way.”
As wide receiver on the varsity football team, senior Joseph Kloucek has realized the importance of being a great contribution to a team.
“I try to challenge myself everyday to bring a positive attitude and a blue collar-like work ethic, regardless of what challenges my team or I may be faced with,” Kloucek said.
As a senior, he serves as a role model for the
underclassmen because he has had experience with the way the program functions and operates.
As one of the “behind-the-scenes” teammates, Kloucek works hard and is determined to better himself and those around him, he said.
While spending about five to six hours a day and six days a week on the field, Kloucek said he feels that he has bonded with his teammates because they share a common goal.
He continues to play, bettering him overall as a person and allowing him to be a part of something bigger.
“If it weren’t for my teammates, I wouldn’t be playing the game of football today,” Kloucek said.
Ivanna Tucker/ Features editor
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