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Trojan News: Coronavirus allows WHS students to play four sports

Six WHS students shared their experience doing four sports this year.

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WORTHINGTON — COVID-19 has taken a toll on everyone in 2020-21, but with that came some positives too.

Six Worthington High School students took advantage of the opportunity to do four sports. This is an opportunity that we probably will never see again. Due to COVID restrictions, football and volleyball were originally postponed to the spring. Because of this, many football and volleyball players chose to participate in different sports in the fall.

“I think the more opportunities kids have to be involved, the more chances they have to be successful,” said football coach Geno Lais.

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Lais and Josh Dale have been involved in the athletic department for many years. They both agreed that this year was crazy and very different from previous years. This year is definitely out of the ordinary.

“It allowed some of our athletes to participate in another activity, and it was pretty cool to see those individuals take advantage of that,” said Dale.

Each four-sport athlete got to take part in any other fall sport they wanted to this year, which has never been done before. Dale believes that athletes benefited from this opportunity.

“It was awesome to see our athletes take advantage of that either to stay in shape or try something different or just be with friends...especially with COVID and not having in-person schooling,” he said.

Maddy Beckmann, a freshman four-sport athlete, started off her high school athletic career in a way that no other freshman athlete could in past years.

“It was very time-consuming and a very busy schedule with school and learning a new sport,” she said.

Maddy participated in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and golf.

Olivia Hayenga, a junior four-sport athlete, chose to add an extra sport to her list. She joined cross country in the fall along with Maddy. Olivia also participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

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“My experience being a four-sport athlete is that it’s very time consuming, and it’s pushed me to be a better athlete,” she said.

A senior, Terbuto Ochotgow, was also able to take advantage of this opportunity. He participated in football once again while finishing his final season of soccer.

“It’s a lot of work to do, especially with school and everything merging together with no off time. It’s pretty hard, but you gotta get through it,” he said.

Terbuto also participated in basketball and track as well.

Another senior, Stephie Bauman, also chose to take advantage of this opportunity for an extra sport. Stephie chose to participate in tennis and found out that she really liked it. Along with tennis, she played volleyball, basketball, and softball as well.

“Being a four-sport athlete was really fun,” she said. “Being outside in the early fall was nice (since Volleyball is inside). But when volleyball started back up, it got kind of crazy, but it was definitely worth it.”

Laci Boomgarden, also a senior four-sport athlete, participated in tennis along with Stephie this last fall.

“I joined tennis because it has always seemed fun, and I finally had the opportunity to do it since volleyball was moved to the spring originally,” said Laci.

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Along with tennis, she participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

One last senior, Sophie Wietzema, chose to take advantage of the opportunity and include herself in another sport. She actually did five sports this year.

“It’s very difficult being in five sports,” she said. “It's really fun though, because at the end of the season you get tired of the sport, but then you have another one to look forward to. But it’s really hard.”

Sophie participated in cross country, volleyball, basketball, swim team and softball.

The world has been changed drastically throughout the past year in many different ways. One of the plus sides to all this craziness is that athletes at WHS had a very special year; something we will probably never see again.

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