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Athletes train during off-season

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Junior Cameron Roney runs for the cross country team and plays lacrosse for Northwest.

Junior Cameron Roney runs for the cross country team and plays lacrosse for Northwest.

Madison Ayres

Madison Ayres

Junior Cameron Roney runs for the cross country team and plays lacrosse for Northwest.

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Many students at Northwest participate in one or multiple sports. A regular season for a sport generally lasts for a few months, but what do these athletes do when the season ends?

Currently, some of the spring sports teams are starting pre-season workouts. The men’s lacrosse team has been working out two to three times in the weight room with Coaches Mark Goldsmith, Rob Ayres and Will Satterfield. The workouts last for an hour and a half and focus on strengthening the lacrosse players.

“It’s important to work out during the off-season to stay in shape and be prepared for the school lacrosse season,” sophomore Drew Sizemore said.

For some athletes, the ending of a sports season is just the beginning of a new one. Playing multiple sports is proven to be beneficial for athletes. The cross-training is a way to help prevent injuries and gives a chance for their muscles to relax.

Playing an additional sport appeals to athletes because picking up a second sport can help better themselves for their first sport. Cross country interests athletes who play other sports because they see it as a way to improve their stamina.

“I need to get faster for lacrosse, so I joined cross country to build up my endurance,” junior Cameron Roney said.

If athletes aren’t competing, they are usually focusing on school. Student athletes must have a certain GPA in order to be eligible to play, so the stress on academics can be very high. Athletes are motivated to do well in school, because if they get bad grades, that can affect the playing time that athletes receive.

“I focus on school during the off-season by studying more with the extra time I have by not having to go to practice,” sophomore Abbie Seidle said, who plays lacrosse. “I think this is important because students should be able to do the best they can without having to worry about sports throughout the whole school year.”

Madison Ayres
Roney runs cross country so he can be a faster runner for lacrosse.

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