By Ali Kochik
Senior year is the year of lasts. Last first days, last dances, and last high school sporting events. For some student athletes, those last games come quicker than anticipated. Injuries have been season changers for many students, rescheduling the end of their high school athletic career to be way sooner than senior night.
So what happens to the athletes when their lives are flipped upside down like this? With so many hopes and dreams riding on their last season, how do they maintain the spirit and the fire for their sport?
By Paul Jones
While the girls soccer team has gone through a tough stretch early this season, the team is still going strong. Standing at 2-11, the girls can still bounce back and be a spoiler in the division.
Led by their team captains, juniors Jackie Matthews and Glori Keough, as well as sophomore Abby Castle, the Lady Lions can still ruin the season of their cross-town rival, Dallastown.
There have been, however, some players who have stepped up into big roles. Freshmen Emily Tollinger, Paige Fry, and Gabby Young have all become key players in the Lady Lions efforts.
Understanding that this is an extremely young team, the record in future years will improve. Some other players have also stood out this season and have shown that Red Lion’s girls soccer will be good for years to come.
By Taylor Bosley
The start of the new school year also means the start of another season for fall sports teams. The Red Lion girls soccer team will be starting a new season with new faces on the varsity team, as fourteen seniors graduated, and also new faces in the coaching department, Carlos Mendoza as head coach and Victor Torres as Junior Varsity coach.
“I knew that a few of my friends played for Coach Mendoza before and said he was a good coach and would be great for our senior year.” said senior soccer player Hailey Gunnet on their new head coach, who is joining Red Lion after previously coaching for Cedar Cliff High School.
Since Coach Mendoza isn’t familiar with the group of girls he will not be able to set specific goals until he gets to konw his team’s strengths. Once he is familiar with who is he working with he will be able to set goals in stone.
Although Coach Mendoza doesn’t know the girls he will be working with, he has certain rules that he is already planning on telling them regardless. That includes a high fitness level, competitive play and above average skill work on the field. Another thing he expects is “to not pushed off the ball,” a term commonly used in soccer.
Coach Mendoza feels he can better everyone on the team.
“In the end I feel they can learn from me and better as an individual and a group.” he said.
By Ben Otte
For The Leonid
Just before Memorial weekend in May, Matt Zimmerman decided to resign from his head coaching position at the Red Lion girls high school soccer program. This was the first step Zimmerman took in order to take an open coaching job at the Dallastown high school boys program. Zimmerman took over the Red Lion program back in the fall of 2011 and hopes to have instilled a sense of "intensity" over the years, according to the interview.
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By Taylor Bosley
As October comes to an end, so do the fall sports seasons.
For the seniors, the end of this year’s seasons marks the end to their entire career. Though few of them plan to continue their careers at the college level.
Girl’s senior soccer players Taylor Sprenkle and Kylie Strong are two athletes who will continue playing beyond high school.
After all of the memories made with teammates through the many years, it was now coming to an end. Senior Taylor Sprenkle explained the feeling at senior night as being “bittersweet.”
“During the game I just kept telling myself that I needed to play this game like it was the last time I’d ever play soccer,” Sprenkle said about her emotions on the field.
Although it was not the last time she would play soccer, it was the last time she would play on Horn Field with the girls she spent the last four years with.
Sprenkles’ high school career may be over, but she has an exciting soccer future to look forward to as she will be committing to Millersville to be a part of their 2014 team. Sprenkle will be playing alongside her sister Tori Sprenkle, a 2013 Red Lion graduate.
Senior Kylie Strong also had many emotions during her senior night. She, too, was amazed at how quickly time passes.
“It was amazing how fast those three years went by. It’s finally your senior night and you’re the one walking as they announce you,” Strong said.
Strong will also be continuing her soccer career in college as she was offered a scholarship to play at Drexel next year, that of which she accepted.
The senior night game ended with a score of 0-0, tieing Central.
Despite not pulling out the win on Senior Night against the Panthers of Central York (0-0 tie), Strong reminisced at what happened that night and couldn’t help but to smile. “I’d take a tie over a loss to Central any day.”
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