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Stories from The Trail

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Stories from The Trail

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Athletes during the off season

  There are many student-athletes within the school, from baseball to football, to swim and volleyball. We see these athletes on the field and court during their seasons, however not many think about what they do during their off-seasons. Let’s start to dive deep into answering these questions and also start to bring support to these athletes. 

  There are many different ways that these athletes stay prepared for their sports while also being out for their season. For baseball, Luca Salavto, goes to the gym to maintain his shape as well as doing off-season baseball training. He also goes to a place called ‘throwformance’ where he can gain arm strength for his season. Avaeya Payan, a volleyball player, says that she goes to places such as the gym. She also often goes outside in an open field, with her friends to not only practice but also, simply to play for fun. For Sage Trusler, she truly does not have much of an off-season. She continues to swim year-round so she can keep up her stamina and doesn’t have to backtrack when in the peak of her season. Carson Pierce doesn’t just do football, but he also is a part of CT’s track team. This helps him keep his stamina up for the football season.

  During Salavto’s off-season, his training benefits him and his team. When he’s looking to help himself, he goes to throwformance. “I also hit a lot to make sure my swing is good and work on catching to improve and make sure I am not behind.” Here he can not only work on arm strength but, test it out and be sure he is where he needs to be.

  While Payan is not playing for CT, like said above, she loves to go and play volleyball for fun. She says that even though students can not really come and support her while doing that, they can come and play along with her.  “It’s enjoyable and helps me with still getting touches on the ball, this benefits me for being able to connect with my teammates and having fun while still being able to get better at volleyball,” Payan said.

Photo credit @ctgirls_swimanddive Instagram

  When Trusler is not at the peak of her season, she also makes sure to go to the gym to build up her strength. This is important so that she doesn’t fall behind when it comes time for the competitive part of her season. While she’s practicing there are not many opportunities to go and support, however during the season she says, “We try to get the word out for coming and supporting our meets as much as we can.” said Trusler.

Photo credit Kim Jamison

  When Peirce is not in football season, he is also a part of the track and field team during the spring. He says “I do this on my off-season specifically for football, it improves my cardio, stamina, speed, and agility. I think track 100% benefits football and if you are a football player not running track you’re missing out.” Since track is another sport from the school, everyone can go and support Peirce and his teammates during their season. “One [meet] I recommend people to come to is the twilight meet. It’s at night and you run under the stadium lights.”

  From baseball to football, to swim and volleyball there are always opportunities to show CT athletes support.

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Shayna Moss
Shayna Moss, Staff Reporter
Shayna Moss is a senior student athlete at Cherokee Trail High School, this is her first year as a member of the Tail Media program. In addition to journalism, she is, and has been a member of the Cherokee Trail dance team for 4 consecutive years. Shayna is also a part of the “Be Kind” campaign at school, and even though this club has just rebooted, she is hopeful to see what is to come from this club once again. During Shayna's free time she enjoys trying new things, such as different foods and restaurants. As her first year involved in this program she's very excited to share and create ideas that bloom throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

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