April Athletics in Woodstock, Ft. Tennis and Soccer

Staff Writers: Amari McCain and Corey Darko

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Tennis team in a huddle // photo courtesy of Ramon Elortondo

Lead Story:   The Woodstock high school’s tennis season has come to end.  They fell to Collins Hall High School, 3-2 in a very close and entertaining match. This also marked the last game of star player Jackson Wood as a Wolverine, since he is a senior and will be attending college next year.  Despite the negatives, this was a very successful season. They made it to at least the Sweet 16 for the second straight year and seem to be establishing a winning culture. Despite losing Andy Salame and Jackson Wood next year, the team is full of young talent and a winning culture.

ICYMI:  The baseball team has started out rolling, and they have beat Wheeler by a combined score of 9-0. The most impressive part of these win is our defense, as the Wildcats were shut out both times by our stifling defense.  Despite a slightly underachieving season, our lacrosse team defeated Hill Grove in a thrilling 10-9 victory  The soccer team is coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 playoff loss on Thursday to Pebblebrook.  Despite the loss, the soccer team did have a great season as they finished top four in the region and went 9-6-1.

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Senior Jackson Wood serving // photo courtesy of Ramon Elortondo

WOTM:  April’s Wolverine of the Month is Jackson Wood. Despite many others deserving of the award, he has meant everything to the tennis team and it will be very hard to replace a talent like Jackson. He has been playing tennis for almost his whole life, and is also a talented basketball player. Jackson isn’t the only one who plays tennis in his family, his sister Alonna is also very talented at Tennis. In conclusion, Wolverine Nation will miss watching Jackson dominate in tennis and wish him nothing but the best.

Stats: The baseball team is heading into the playoffs with  a promising 18-13 record. The team is also sitting pretty well in their division as they rank in the top three. The soccer team has only failed to score a goal in three games, which is pretty impressive. The tennis team has also made it to at least the Sweet 16 for two straight seasons. The soccer team also ended a two year playoff drought this year, and the future looks bright.

Looking Forward : Spring football is here, and we are approaching the season faster than some think. Spring training has already started, and we have a scrimmage in two weeks. I asked some players how they feel about the upcoming season. When I asked sophomore Hunter Leonard, he stated, “I feel we will build on our playoff experience from last year and take it to another level next season.” Those are strong words of confidence.  Also, even though the season starts in October, basketball players are already going to workouts every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to condition for the upcoming season, along with the side rec ball during the summer.

Quotable:   When I asked tennis player Ramon Elortondo about the heartbreaking playoff exit he stated, “A loss like this will do nothing but motivate us to work harder and we will come back stronger next year.” When I asked how the team will be impacted without Jackson Wood next season, he said, “We can’t replace the type of player and leader Jackson is, however we have a lot of young talent and I feel we will still be back in the playoffs next year”.

Off The Field:  There is a lot to like about next year’s team. Led by first team all-state defensive tackle Latrell Bankston, this team can do even better next year. However, I also learned how important it is to work on your craft even outside the field. When I asked sophomore wide receiver Hunter Leonard about how he works off the field he stated, “I go to the gym every day to work on my upper body to get stronger and better prepared for next year.” That’s just a little of the hard work that comes with being a Wolverine. Finally, I asked Hunter how far will the varsity football team make it next year and he said with a smile, “All the way to the state championship.”

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