Winter sports begin tryouts for the 2018-2019 season


PHOTO Matt Celotto

Senior Dylan Conte faces off against his opponent in the 2017-2018 hockey season. Tryouts for the 2018-2019 season were held on Oct. 29-31.

Jessie Bright, Writer

As students begin to settle into the cold winter weather, tryouts for winter sports are well underway. While about half of winter sports have already begun their season, five are still looking for new players.

While all seasons of sports attract students in different ways, winter sports in particular can give different benefits to students.

“During winter, especially in Michigan, people have a tendency to get lazy and lethargic,” Athletic Director Michael Bakker said. “I think winter sports get kids active and continue that lifestyle that we are trying to promote for everybody.”

One of the sports looking for new members is the wrestling team, which is holding tryouts Nov. 12.

“I’ve been wrestling since I was nine,” senior Tristan Foster said. “It’s a great way to grow as an individual and develop team skills.”

Other sports holding tryouts on Nov. 12 include girls basketball and bowling.

Those looking to get involved with the Fenton, Linden, Lake Fenton ski team can contact Coach Tim Hiscock at (810) 423-1082.

“I’ve been skiing my whole life, probably since I could walk, but last year was the first year that I raced competitively,” junior Julia Young said. “I was really scared when I joined the team because it was new and equipment is expensive, but I think every penny spent is worth it. It has literally changed my life.

The boys’ swim team begins their season on Nov. 19.

“The team has a great group of guys; there’s a kind of family atmosphere,” senior Evan Bartow said. “It’s just a great environment to be in. Swim is good for your body physically and it’s one of the healthiest sports you can try.”

According to Bakker, another reason for students to try a winter sport is variety. “I am a huge proponent of multi-sport athletes,” he said. “If kids are already participating in a fall or spring sport, this could do something different that promotes different sets of muscle groups, different mental approaches, different teammates, and different experiences.”

Other sports to look out for this winter are hockey, gymnastics, boys basketball, and competitive cheer, whose seasons are already underway.