Recognizing Unsung Heroes of Fall Sports

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Recognizing Unsung Heroes of Fall Sports

THE BOYS IN THE TRENCHES: Linemen don't score many touchdowns or catch many passes, but they make it possible for others to do so.

THE BOYS IN THE TRENCHES: Linemen don't score many touchdowns or catch many passes, but they make it possible for others to do so.

Makia Haderlie

THE BOYS IN THE TRENCHES: Linemen don't score many touchdowns or catch many passes, but they make it possible for others to do so.

Makia Haderlie

Makia Haderlie

THE BOYS IN THE TRENCHES: Linemen don't score many touchdowns or catch many passes, but they make it possible for others to do so.

Emma Thomson, staff writer

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Everyone knows the star quarter back, the spiker with the massive hops and the speedsters on the cross team, but how many average fans can name the nose guard, the labero, or who took 3rd for the state cross team?

THE LIBERO: The team’s core, base, and foundation, Aislee Julander, gets ready to take on the Rock Spring Tigers!

8th RUNNER: The 8th runner on the cross country team, like John Hunting, goes to all the extra practices and pushes the runners higher on the roster to improve and get faster. This runner also serves as an alternate just in case one of the top 7 gets hurt.

Often the praise and attention given to a team or sport is focused mostly on the most visible positions. An offensive guard never gets held up after his team wins a state championship. The setter generally cheered at the end of a long volley that ended with a hitter spiking a kill shot. The fifth golfer on the roster doesn’t see his score count towards a winning team score.

Despite the lack of laud and honor, these unsung sports heroes work just as hard to excel in their position as any other player; they just don’t alway receive the recognition. The payoff for their hard work doesn’t always come in high fives down the hallway or banners with their faces on it. They take their payment in their team’s success and the occasional “good work” from the coach.

5th GOLFER: The 5th man is the athlete that is still skilled enough to play on varsity but their score doesn’t always count. Caleb Madsen never stopped trying beat out the golfers ahead of him, and as a result he made them and himself better.

Every highlight or great play depends on other performances that don’t grab the spotlight. To spike the ball, a volleyball hitter needs a great set, and to set the ball well, the setter need a perfect pass. Coach Peterson says, “ The libero is the most important position because that is where it all begins.”

Before the quarterback can throw that teardrop fade to the back of the endzone, the linemen have to protect him and buy the receiver time to get down field. Coach Cazier said, “Even the boys that are on the sideline are important to the team. The young boys watching the varsity, the backups always being ready to go in for an injured player, and the boys on the line are not greatly recognized are very essential.”

The accumulation of points from all five varsity runners matters in cross country. These points play a vital role in the overall seasons win/loss column. In general, teamwork is the most important and the runner’s outside the scoring varsity push their teammates to higher levels. Coach Draney said, “Everyone on the cross team counts; for example, last year at regionals Scott Orton, the 6th cross country runner, broke the tie  by beating the other team’s 6th runner. Everyone that runs, no matter if they are at the end or in the front, are racing the guy beside them.”

Much like cross country, a team score for boys golf is comprised of the top four of five varsity scores while girls count three of the top five scores. At every tournament there are golfers whose two-day efforts count for naught—on the scoreboard anyway. However, coaches keep scorning averages throughout the season and the golfers’ cumulative efforts not only keep the varsity players working hard to keep their spots but give all competitors a chance to move up. “Intra-squad competition is vital to our success. Every player competing for a varsity spot makes our team better,” said coach Fullmer.

The unsung heroes of fall sports may not get all the attention, but those in the know appreciate every second of the efforts they put forward to help their programs succeed.

 

 

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