May 22, 2012
Summer is coming soon and kids at Sequim High School are excited to go outside to enjoy the sun while they can. Even though Sequim is a small place, kids at Sequim High have no trouble finding activites to do. Where ever they plan to go they seem to go in groups. ” I’m going to the beach, then the beach the next day with all my friends,” said Zack Riggs. Though kids in Sequim feel like they just want to get out, during the summer, Sequim really is a great place to live.
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March 1, 2012
The big showcase of Sequim High School spring talent is about to be unveiled. On the courts, fields, and track surrounding Sequim High School, spring tryouts are lurking, and students preparing.
Many students around Sequim High School are nervous about spring sports tryouts, happening February 27th through March 2nd. Also, tension is in the air as coaches calculate which players will benefit their teams the most.
One of the most nerve-racking things, according to freshman Dustin Bates, is balancing school and sports. He admitted having trouble during the basketball season, and he is slightly nervous for the spring baseball season.
Another freshman nervous about juggling homework and sports is tennis player Cheyenne Sokkappa. She is confident about her abilities in the sport, and is not intimidated by the coaches, Mark Textor and Lisa Corbit, she said. Even though Sokkappa has never played on a team before, she said, “I think I will be good at it.”
Sarah Hutchinson, a returning track player, stated that walking down to the football field is intimidating as a freshman, but is still lots of fun. She enjoys the family feeling that is present in the positive atmosphere, even though they are separated, not only by skill level, but by events.
On the other side of the equation, Jake Hudson, a returning varsity baseball senior, is not nervous about tryouts. “I have a positive outlook on my talents that I will make the team,” said Hudson. Some players go into tryouts already knowing that they will make the team. For them, tryouts is just another day of practice.
While the student athletes get prepared for the season, so do the coaches. They schedule for practices, games, and keep up with their everyday lives in the process.
Coach Ditlefsen (also known as Coach D), the head baseball coach, and athletic director, at Sequim High School, is looking forward to this season, but says that the “1st day jitters” always get to him. He thinks that they will have a successful season, since they have many returning varsity players.
Tryouts are both fun and nerve-racking for players and coaches, but once the season starts, the nerves disappear and the competition begins.