BY Dolores Aguilus
Sadie Martinez ‘19
Establishing herself as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ from early on, Senior Sadie Martinez experienced different types of extracurricular activities, ranging from dancing to different types of sports. While growing up, she always watched college softball and admired the college athletes, aspiring to be one of them someday. She was six years old when she first picked up a bat, and since then Martinez never looked back. Not only is she a second year varsity player on Varsity Softball, but she also plays for a travel softball team, the Firecrackers. Although the two teams are different, Martinez dedicates her time training on and off the field to improve her own skills almost everyday. “For travel ball, we practice three days a week down in San Diego, either conditioning or working on hitting or our defense. Whereas, for the school team, it isn’t as much,” she explained. When Martinez first started off on varsity last year, she struggled to have agreements with the coach, but as the season is now in session, Martinez wanted to end her last high school season on a good note. Through the years she learned that “no matter what it’s always good to have a strong bond/connection with your team.” After high school, Martinez has always dreamed of playing softball in college, but some dreams change and she is ready for what is to come. She plans to attend community college, then transfer, in hopes of receiving a degree in criminology. As this chapter of Martinez’s life is coming to an end, she is happy for what the future holds.
Chance Mitchell ‘20
Varsity Boys Golf
At a very young age, Junior Chance Mitchell was not allowed to play any contact sports, and since his father golfed, he wanted to give a try. When his parents gave him his own clubs, he “naturally developed a love for the game.” Ever since he started high school, he has been on the Varsity Boys Golf team, training almost everyday for about three hours and working on his technique. This season, he plans to golf to the best of his ability, hopefully win league, and go to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in the postseason. Mitchell finds it difficult that even when he puts in a hundred percent, “there will be bad days, [and] even bad weeks.” The most difficult part about it is that he still needs to overcome whatever is in his way, and by knowing that there will always be better days after makes facing his challenges easier. He knows that no matter how much he struggles, he needs to stay motivated. For so long, his father has always been his inspiration because he is there when he needs him and he “can always make the rough days of golf easier or change them into better days.” Since his father is the head coach of the Varsity Boys Golf team it is beneficial because their relationship has only grown stronger from there and so have his techniques. Golfing has not only brought him closer to his father, but it has also taught Mitchell how to be more patient. Most importantly golf has taught him to always persevere through the ups and downs.
Ever since her first summer swimming program, Senior Kylie Ankeny wanted to keep swimming as her heart desired. For the past four years, she has been on the school’s Varsity Swim team, dedicating her time into a sport she loves. Ankeny spends two hours a day, five days a week, warming up and conditioning in order to improve her skills and build her stamina. Although, she has been swimming for a while, Ankeny has had her fair “share of problems,” but tries to keep her head up and swim through it. Swimming is not only her passion, but it has also been a way of training for water polo. Over the years, swimming has taught Ankeny to “just let it happen.” Ankeny described, “If I drop time, that’s great, and if not, then hopefully next time I will.” As the season comes to an end, she still wants to continue swimming, more for herself rather than competitively. “I feel like it went by too fast. It’s crazy to think that in a couple of weeks, I’ll never play a high school sport again, which is kinda sad,” Ankeny reminisced. Before the swimming season ends, her goal is to place in the top six for the hundred yard Breaststroke and fifty yard freestyle in the league finals. After high school, she plans to attend Brigham Young University, majoring in mathematics education to hopefully one day become a math teacher. With only a couple weeks left of being a high school athlete, Ankeny is preparing for the next chapter of her life.