BY ALEXIS MARTELL
Senior Vicente De La Torre has been playing basketball ever since he was in sixth grade and now he is officially coaching for the sport. He had been a team coach for two seasons and had gotten the inspiration from his little brother, whom he wanted to train for his first season. A second inspiration for him to start coaching was his past travel coaches. Torre had seen how much time his coaches put into their job and wanted to be a part of that. Another reason he chose to coach is because he felt that coaching would still keep him involved in the sport. He explains that his best-loved part is how he is able to monitor the players and how their skills mature as they continue to move on throughout the season.
As he watches the players he is coaching, he sees two very different perspectives of when he used to play and compares them. Torre stated, “Coaching is really different from playing because when you play, everything moves along so much faster… when you’re coaching, the game seems to go by so much slower.” Torre tend to combine his past experience with his coaching in order to teach all of the younger players. He uses his past experience to learn and create a unique technique using the information that he has gained from his experience. Torre does not only coach by himself but he is sometimes given advices and a variety of different point of views from other coaches, as well as referees, about his skills.
Torre has a particular method of coaching his athletes. Most of the time, he would pull the athletes aside one by one and gives the player the advice that is needed for that particular play. A comment given by Torre was, “I don’t like to yell but I prefer pulling the athlete away for a one on one conversation. I feel like my point gets across more efficiently instead of shouting at the player.” All of his techniques of his coaching that he uses is mainly described as a “laid back.” His style does not involve shouting; instead, he considers it as a correcting, stern voice. During practices, he does not have any planned particular warm-ups aligned but he rather practice on working spots that could be “polished up a little bit.” The more they practice, the higher the chance they have at winning their future games. Torre stated, “I don’t favor set up or challenging warm ups. I’d rather do simple exercises to cover up the fundamentals.”
Although Torre does not plan a future that involves mainly coaching, he would gladly take the chance if he is offered. After being a coach, Torre clarified that with his experience of being a coach, he has learned to be more patient with people and discovered a variety of unique techniques that could be used in future games. Even though coaching is not a big part of Torre’s life, he enjoys doing it as a small hobby.
by delores aguiles
Sophomore Liberty Gilbert had been training to be on a nationals team and has achieved her goal on doing . At only six years old Gilbert had found her passion for and it has become her daily routine ever since. Gilbert’s cousins taught her how to swim in the first place and would constantly ask if she can join the local swim team until she finally did.
Swimming has taken Gilbert farther than she has ever imagined because she has gotten the opportunity to train to be on the nationals team. To qualify for the nationals team, they have to compete for certain swim meets and only about sixty people qualify for the team. “I think representing America, like officially wearing the flag on our caps with my name on it is probably one of the best parts,” she stated. Day in and day out, Gilbert spends her afternoons after school training until eight o’clock. She spends the majority of her days either at school or in the pool with her team. Being on a club team forces Gilbert to travel out of state because of swim meets, but still makes time for her school work in between. She tries her best to communicate with her teachers to keep up with her schoolwork. During these swim meets, Gilbert tends to meet new people, people who she connects with and can relate to. Through swim, Gilbert got the opportunity to meet some of her best friends and that is what she loves because of the people she meets across the nation. Not only is she apart of a club team, Gilbert is also on Varsity Swim. On some levels both teams are different but, Gilbert gets to do what she loves most.
Varsity Swim Head Coach Mr. Craig Winger stated, “She is an incredible swimmer. Having a swimmer that can beat everyone in our league in multiple events gives our team a lot of flexibility to matchup with other teams.” Last season Gilbert had placed top three in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) [postseason] and made her way to State, earning second place. “Besides being a great swimmer, she has a great attitude, she swims even harder for her team than for herself, ” stated Winger. The people she gets to call a team (girls Varsity Swim) had won the relay race for CIF preliminaries.
It is only her second year and Gilbert has made a name for herself by achieving so much in only her second year of high school. Step by step Gilbert will be on her way to success whether it be on a national team, high school team, or by herself. At the end of the day, “it’s just me and the pool.”
by delores aguilus
On January 20, the freshmen Puma Wrestling team competed in a tournament at La Costa Canyon High School. Someone who stood out from others was Freshman Karson Martin, who, at the end of the night, came in first place and was named the number one wrestler in Southern California and is also Lakeside’s Frosh/Sophomore Outstanding Wrestler.
As a start to his new wrestling career, Martin was able to obtain numerous wins during the season. The La Costa Canyon tournament was where Martin’s hard countless hours of training paid off. Martin puts in hundred and ten percent of his energy during practice to show his teammates that he can work just as hard . Within his own weight class, Martin had to go through multiple matches to earn the title of number one and after each match Martin was always on top. “It means a lot to be number one, it’s the fact that I was able to push myself to be number one,” said Martin. Coming into high school he would have never thought that he would get this far so early on in his athletic career. He had joined the team originally because of the coaching staff and through them Martin had learned the real value of integrity. Whether it was in the Puma Den, school, or at home, Martin continuously motivated himself to be better than his best, so he can be where he is now.
Although he is still adapting from football to wrestling, Martin always had a positive attitude in and out of practice. Martin has inspired other freshmen on the team that it is possible to win early on in their career. During practices Martin would not only train with the lower classmen, but he would also train with the boys on Varsity, so he can improve his technique. Head Wrestling Coach Heath Branham had notice a significant asset in Martin and so do the upperclassmen. “The older guys also pick it up because they don’t want their spots to be stolen by an underclassmen, so they amp up their competitiveness,” stated Branham. The competitiveness had become a challenge for Martin because now he had to work even harder than before to keep his position on the team. “I always tried to be the best during practice, so no one would take my spot,” stated Martin.
Starting high school Martin had expected it to be easy, but had then realized that it was much more. With his wrestling career just starting, Martin still needs to grow within the sport and build his skills to be the best that he can be. Branham sees great potential in Martin and “I expect him to step up to the challenge and stay a step ahead of the competition.” Martin has great dedication and has put in hard work towards wrestling and time will only tell where he goes from here.