Bus rides: Getting to the game

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Bus rides: Getting to the game

This is one of many Activity buses that Guilford County uses to transport their athletes.

This is one of many Activity buses that Guilford County uses to transport their athletes.

This is one of many Activity buses that Guilford County uses to transport their athletes.

This is one of many Activity buses that Guilford County uses to transport their athletes.

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The tires of the bus screech as the athletes depart for an away game or meet. Teammates wait in anticipation on the bus, with the energy that a game day brings. Bus rides are part of the routine for athletes; however, the buses can be dreaded by some, but enjoyed by others.

With large teams, the issue of seating arrangements will always be a problem among the athletes. For Northwest’s cross country team, the boys and girls are split up among two separate buses. Even with these measures taken, it is hard to find a place to sit.

“The buses are very crowded,” sophomore Claire Bercaw said. “Sometimes, the girls have to sit in the aisles.”

Due to the cramped conditions on the buses, other means of transportation are used.

“The seniors are encouraged to drive themselves [to meets] because of the lack of space,” Bercaw said.

It is easy to understand why athletes that are a part of a big team may not be so fond of the bus rides. With players sitting the aisles and limited space for backpacks, the bus isn’t very appealing.

On a brighter note, bus rides can be full of excitement. The volleyball team usually plays music to get fired up for the next match.

“When you listen to music, it’s a way to focus on what’s ahead,” junior Grace Johnson said. “[Music] can give you energy. It can give you hope. It can allow teams to bond over a passion for the same thing.”

The pre-game rituals on the bus ride vary from team to team; nonetheless, these rituals are what prepare the team to get in the right mindset for the game.

Northwest athletes either love or hate the bus. Despite the opposing views, many players will remember the times they spent with their teammates.

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