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Spring Seniors

TAIYLOR WILLIAMSON Jon Jee Staff Published: March 2, 2017 9:52 AM

John Glenn High School’s 2016-2017 school year is coming to an end. With three months left until summer, winter sports are finishing up as spring sports begin. Softball, baseball, and track athletes have already started preparations to make their season a success. These teams are striving to push themselves further than they’ve ever been and make the season a memorable one.

For seniors, these last months will conclude their athletic journey through John Glenn High School. Many senior athletes will be taking their last steps out onto the track or field. Whether they have played all their lives or decided to start playing in high school, it is always hard to know that this is the last high school season they will ever participate in.

Many softball players have been playing since they were as young as four years old. The memories made will stay with these athletes forever. Both seniors Bre Tetrick and Alli Hylton share their favorite memory which occurred two years ago. They were down 11-2 against Sheridan and managed to come back in the last inning to defeat the Generals. Tetrick describes it as “the best comeback.” The players are hoping to make their last season memorable.

The players are excited to see what the future will hold for the team. While the softball season before them holds endless possibilities, they can't help but to think of the past and how the sport has influenced not only their lives, but have influenced who they are.

Senior Erin Dickson said, “Sports have helped me be more comfortable in being myself. I have gained more confidence, and I learned that is good to be loud sometimes instead of quiet and shy.”

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Senior Jessi Brown has been playing ever since she could walk and has really been influenced by the sport. Brown said, “It taught me to always work hard and don’t wait for things to happen, you just have to get.”

Hylton plans on playing for Ashland University and Tetrick at Westminster College. Dickson will continue to play volleyball at Muskingum University.

Baseball season is just around the corner and practices are in full swing. Senior Matt Raley looks forward to a very successful season. Raley has been playing since he was a young and has helped him learn valuable lessons like responsibility, composure, and patience. This influenced who he is and showed him that you “never quit on things that I love.”

Raley plans on continuing his education at Akron University to get a degree in physical therapy.

While these girls and guys are out preparing on the field, there is also action happening on the track. Senior Brittany Smith said, “I am really excited to get my relay teams back together and dominate.”

Smith has run track for three years now and has learned a lot from the sport. Smith has learned how to become a leader through taking responsibility for underclassmen, which also helped her master the art of patience and teamwork.

Senior Maria Johnson is also ready for the season to begin. Johnson said, “I have really high expectations with it being my senior year.”

Johnson is beginning her third year of being in track. She has been influenced by the sport and learned that “my actions in life are mine, but my actions will ultimately affect the people around me.”

Senior Shelby Evans has learned a lot from her six years of running track. Evans has learned “anything is possible. No matter how much you're behind in the race, there is always time to catch up.”

Through their work and time together, these seniors were able to make close friendships with teammates that they will miss as they go on to further their education.

Smith will continue to further her education at Muskingum or Walsh University to major in nursing. Johnson plans to run in college while she majors in athletic training and then continue on to physical therapy. Evans plans to continue her education at Kent State to major in law.

The softball team kicks off their season with their first game at home on March 27 against New Lex beginning at 5:00 PM. The varsity and JV baseball teams’ first game is away on March 25, with a double header against New Philly and Licking Valley at 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM. The first track meet of the season is the Jerry Neal Invitational Meet that is also on March 25 at Maysville beginning at 12:00 PM.

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