Spring sports: soccer, tennis, track and field kick off

MaryCateTabor

Anticipation is rising as winter sports have come to an end and the spring sports season is beginning. After the cancellation of all spring sport activities in 2020, teams are excited to get back into the swing of things. Although this past year has been faced with many challenges, athletes and coaches are eager for the 2021 spring sports season. 

Tryouts for the soccer, tennis, and track and field teams were held the week of March 1-5. Practices were held over spring break to prepare all teams for the season ahead.

Marian’s soccer program has three teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Reserve. The Varsity team is coached by Teresa DeGeorge ‘92, and assisted by Monica Bosiljevac ‘10, and goalie coach Haley Shelton. 

Alongside them are Junior Varsity coach Max Leeson and Reserve coach Kerry Pivovar. 

The girls and coaches are excited, grateful and hopeful for this spring, chasing a state title. 

“My hopes for this season are to win state! I look forward to being a part of an awesome team and surrounded by a great community,” sophomore Maria McLeay said. 

“My hopes for the season…well, I’m incredibly thankful to have a season, and the goal is always to take state,” Coach DeGeorge said. “And for a healthy season!” Shelton adds. 

The Varsity season kicked off March 18 with a 2-0 victory against Central High School. 

Just north of the soccer field, the tennis players are coached by head coach Trish Faust, assistant Katie Schmidt and JV coach Bridget Mendenhall. This year’s teams consist of seven freshmen, seven sophomores, three juniors and one senior as a team manager on both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. 

Sophomore Liv Toth on Junior Varsity tennis described her expectations for this season “I am most excited to be playing with people I haven’t played with before and being a part of a team. My hopes for this season are to win most of my matches and to have a good season to prepare me for next season.” 

The track and field team is led by head coach Mr. Greg Golka. He primarily coaches long jump, triple jump, and pole vault. Alongside Golka is distance coach Mr. Roger Wright, hurdles and high jump coach Mr. Scot Rainbolt, sprints coach Ms. Hannah Hennings, and shot put and discus coach Mrs. Stacia Weaver. This year 45 girls made the track and field team. The teams will fluctuate throughout the season as times and races are recorded. 

“I am excited about bonding with my new teammates and seeing how far we grow together. I love how track combines our individual athletic abilities but also putting it into a team aspect, making sure we all work together to accomplish the main goal. I hope that we stay motivated and determined to make it on top together because it wouldn’t be possible by ourselves,” sophomore Gozie Okafor said about her excitement for the track season. 

With high hopes for the spring, teams are excited to kick off the season. 

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