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That Committed Feeling

As we are back to school for almost a month now and counting the days down to graduation, it’s officially Senior Season. CB Seniors are all hearing from the various schools they applied to and some of them have known since the first semester where they are going next year. A few seniors are blessed […]

As we are back to school for almost a month now and counting the days down to graduation, it’s officially Senior Season. CB Seniors are all hearing from the various schools they applied to and some of them have known since the first semester where they are going next year. A few seniors are blessed to be recruited by schools to play the sport they love for the next four years, including Tiana Johnson (‘23) and Elizabeth Ledesma (‘23).

Elizabeth will be playing D-I soccer for Sacramento State University and Tiana will be playing D-II softball for Chico State University. Both have played on varsity the last four years at CB, dedicating extreme time and effort to reach this point in their athletic career. 

Tiana and Elizabeth have been playing their sports for nearly 15 years. Throughout their athletic careers, they have been faced with many challenges. Elizabeth shared that even last year she did not want to continue playing soccer. With everything from COVID to simply losing her motivation, it was hard for her to want to continue to play. 

“It is really hard to pull yourself out of the feeling of being burned out,” Elizabeth shared. “Until I committed, it was a really big mind game for me. I was really questioning whether or not I wanted to continue playing the sport or pursue other things”

Dedicating your life to a sport can not only take a toll on one’s mental health, but also their social life.

“When I was younger, I had to realize that I wasn’t going to be able to attend every single social event because I wanted to play softball at the next level, which meant missing these events due to training, practices, or games,” Tiana said

So is sacrificing time and energy into a sport really worth it just to be committed? It is if you are doing what you love.

“I love my sport and I love the game,” Tiana shares. “I love having the busy schedule that comes with it — it provides balance in my life.”

“My biggest motivation is that all my problems go away when I am out on that field and when I am playing,” Elizabeth said. 

Playing your last season of any sport in high school is a big deal. For most CB athletes, this will be the last time they ever play their sport. Elizabeth mentions how if she feels she plays a bad game, there is a new upside since this will not be her last time on the field.

“One of my biggest motivations is to know that if I am having a bad game, it is not my last game I will ever play. I am going to play in college and have more opportunities to play and become a better player.” 

Tiana shared that softball was not her first sport when she was younger. She was a multi-sport athlete involved in a variety of sports.”

“I played a lot of sports when I was younger from basketball to soccer to softball,” Tiana says. “It’s funny to me because even though I did play those sports, I cannot see myself playing any of these sports but softball.”

With Graduation fast approaching, all the memories of playing their sport from early childhood to now rush to these Falcons’ minds as they are to finish their high school career. 

“Last year for CB soccer was a really memorable year for all of us,” Elizabeth shared. “We just had so much success on the field and we were all really close as a team which made such a major impact on the field.”

Playing for so long not only creates tons of memories but connects you to so many people within the community of the sport you play. 

“Softball is like my second family,” Tiana says. “Every yime at games or tournaments I see other girls who I have played with. I see people all the time that I have grown up playing softball with.”

Both of them have dedicated 10+ years to their sport and it has not always been an easy road. They have had their ups and downs, but all of it has led them to the opportunity to play at a college level. 

“I feel so accomplished to know that all of my hard work has led me to this moment,” Elizabeth shared. “I think about it everyday and I continue to work hard to better myself as an athlete.”

“I am excited for this new chapter in my life and to continue doing what I love. I can’t wait to be involved and grow as a player in the process.” Tiana said. 

I have known Elizabeth and Tiana since my freshman year of high school and have stayed friends with them for the last four years. I am so extremely proud of both of them and how far they have come in their athletic career. I know they will go so far and do amazing things in their next chapter. They have come so far as both athletes and individuals. I wish them the best of luck and nothing but success for their future. 

On February 14th at 8 AM, CB will host the signing day for all athletes committing including: Tiana, Elizabeth, Lily Jensen (‘23) (Soccer, Cal State San Marcos), Peyton McDonald (‘23) (Soccer, Pacific University Oregon), Josh Ryan (‘23) (Golf, Lewis University), Keilee Hall (‘23) (Track, University of Arizona), Kellen Martinez (‘23) (Baseball, Concordia University), Brie Briggs (‘23) (Golf, UC Santa Cruz), Nick Goldberg (‘23) (Baseball, Tufts University), and Maya Hilger (‘23) (Rugby, Harvard University).

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