Most CB student athletes are familiar with the struggles of balancing an academic and athletic career. As an incoming freshman, students join sports to find friends who share a common interest and hopefully find a place where they’ll fit in and have fun. Sophomore and junior year, most students will tell you that sports are […]
Most CB student athletes are familiar with the struggles of balancing an academic and athletic career. As an incoming freshman, students join sports to find friends who share a common interest and hopefully find a place where they’ll fit in and have fun. Sophomore and junior year, most students will tell you that sports are an outlet for them and a chance for them to take their mind off the immense amount of coursework and focus their energy into competing for that epic feeling of victory.
But what about senior year? As graduation slowly approaches and senioritis kicks in, most seniors find themselves lacking the drive and motivation to complete their homework and study for their tests, let alone play a sport for hours after school. So what makes this last year on a team so special for the seniors?
Caleb Quinn (’20), who has been playing soccer for 13 years, shares how his team’s energy and excitement are heightened senior year.
“There’s definitely more hype around it knowing that it’s our last year and that we’re never going to get this opportunity again with the same people or coaches,” he says.
Unforgettable memories created with the team are also something Caleb hopes to never forget as he moves on to college.
“My fondest memory would probably be scoring a 52 yard goal against Vista to win the game last year,” Caleb said. “I definitely felt euphoric and it was just a great moment with my team that I’ll always remember.”
Malia Wienstroer (‘20) has played volleyball at CB since 9th grade and witnessed firsthand how her experience has changed from being an impressionable freshman to finally understanding the hype around being a senior on varsity and the feeling of being looked up to by her younger teammates.
“It’s different playing on varsity as a senior because a lot of the younger classmen are looking at how you’re playing and interacting with your team and coaches,” Malia said. “Even if I didn’t agree with everyone, I learned how to communicate with others and focus a lot on the teamwork aspect of volleyball.”
Even with the amazing talent and skill found on CB’s varsity sports, a team’s success can also be attributed to the amazing chemistry and relationships the team shares. After playing with a team for so long, the bonds that the players have created by senior year help them work even better together and enjoy the season whether they win or lose.
“Even though it was our last season, I feel like it was a lot more fun than it was sad just because we wanted to make it the best of it since we knew it was our last year,” Malia says.
CB sports are a huge part of student life, and our seniors know better than anyone the tragedies and triumphs of dedicating their time and effort to their team. With college just around the corner, our seniors are making the most of their time left in high school. Whether it be by going undefeated in league or simply enjoying the heartfelt moments left with their team, seniors know that their last year with their team will forever leave an impact.