Sport athletes – Lerner Sports Marketing http://lernersportsmarketing.com/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 02:27:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/ICON.png Sport athletes – Lerner Sports Marketing http://lernersportsmarketing.com/ 32 32 Fast start for Trabuco Hills football powered by multi-sport athletes – Orange County Register https://lernersportsmarketing.com/fast-start-for-trabuco-hills-football-powered-by-multi-sport-athletes-orange-county-register/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 18:54:39 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/fast-start-for-trabuco-hills-football-powered-by-multi-sport-athletes-orange-county-register/ Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now Trabuco Hills football coach Mark Nolan wants the Mustangs athletic program to be like the 1980s when it comes to multi-sport athletes. “We just want the best athletes to come out (for every sport),” he said, “like it’s 1985.” Multi-sport athletes may […]]]>

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Trabuco Hills football coach Mark Nolan wants the Mustangs athletic program to be like the 1980s when it comes to multi-sport athletes.

“We just want the best athletes to come out (for every sport),” he said, “like it’s 1985.”

Multi-sport athletes may not be as prevalent as they once were, but Trabuco Hills continues to show they can thrive.

The Mustangs’ 3-0 start — their best since 2013 — was powered by several multi-sport athletes, including dual-threat quarterback Will Burns.

The elder, who also stands out in baseball and track and field, is a big reason the Mustangs’ game at 12 Newport Harbor (3-1) is one of the most intriguing on Friday.

Burns completed 64% of his passes for 544 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-best 239 yards and four scores.

“He’s a tremendous talent,” Nolan said of Burns, who signed up with Texas Tech for both baseball and football. “He has the speed of a sprinter. He’s super smart and has an amazing arm.

Trabuco Hills, ranked No. 23 in Orange County, has other multisport athletes playing prominent football roles.

Senior defensive lineman Henry Sturn, who Nolan says creates the “chaos,” is a standout wrestler. Junior safety Ryan Manda and linebacker Bobby Gray are two of the team’s leading tacklers; they also play baseball.

Trabuco Hills delivered a well-rounded performance in a 56-16 win over Tustin (0-4) last week.

Junior Ben Holland and sophomore Ryan Luce returned kickoffs 99 and 98 yards, respectively, for touchdowns.

Nolan said the Mustangs’ special teams have been strong with long snapper Joey Carlos, cover man Cooper DeCillo and kicker Ethan Schwartz, among others.

Trabuco Hills’ young offensive line continued to emerge. The group includes left tackle Brody Brown, left guard Nate Anderson, center Jeremy Aguirre, right guard Liam Kugler and right tackle Greg Shade, along with Brandon Kolb in the rotation.

Aguirre is the only senior in the group.

On Friday, the Mustangs’ fast cornerback duo of sophomore Ethan Apostol and junior Lucas Short — who both run on the track — will be tested by the Newport Harbor trio of quarterback Colton Joseph and wide receivers Kashton Henjum and Josiah Lamarque.

“This is our biggest test yet,” Nolan said of Newport Harbor.

SAINTS GRATEFUL FOR THE CHARITY OF DIABLOS

Several Santa Ana players are wearing cleats and gloves donated by the Mission Viejo soccer program, Saints coach Charlie TeGantvoort said.

Several of the linemen can be spotted wearing red Under Armor cleats.

“We ran for the cleats,” Santa Ana defensive end Michael Hughes said. “We were all excited. It was fun. I enjoy Mission Viejo (doing that).

BACK TO RACE TO WATCH IN WESTMINSTER

Westminster sophomore running back William Pardue rushed for 200 yards on 20 carries in a 49-0 win over Anaheim last week. He entered the game with just eight carries for 101 yards.

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For multisport athletes, summer is a busy and hectic season https://lernersportsmarketing.com/for-multisport-athletes-summer-is-a-busy-and-hectic-season/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 08:00:11 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/for-multisport-athletes-summer-is-a-busy-and-hectic-season/ Nick Laughlin of Cape Elizabeth plays football, lacrosse and hockey in the summer. For high school athletes, who play multiple sports, the summer months can be hectic. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer Those lazy summer days of yesteryear? They don’t happen for high school multi-sport athletes. “I would say summer is probably my busiest time […]]]>

Nick Laughlin of Cape Elizabeth plays football, lacrosse and hockey in the summer. For high school athletes, who play multiple sports, the summer months can be hectic. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

Those lazy summer days of yesteryear? They don’t happen for high school multi-sport athletes.

“I would say summer is probably my busiest time of year because I travel a lot,” said 16-year-old Ella Wilcox, who will be a senior at Windham High.

Wilcox is a member of his high school’s field hockey, swimming and softball teams and plays for his father Fred’s New England Elite softball team, who has already made trips this summer to Virginia and New Jersey.

“Every day of the week is different,” Ella Wilcox said, but almost every day includes some sort of athletic activity. She had two field hockey practices on Tuesday and another on Thursday, a softball club practice on Wednesday, regular trips to the batting cage to practice her batting and softball tournaments on weekends. Already verbally committed to playing softball at Colby College, Wilcox is also taking a college course.

For the multi-sport athlete, moving from field to field, field, gym or rink is how they choose to spend their summers.

“Oh, I love that,” Wilcox said.

“I love the sport and all my friends are on all my teams,” said Nick Laughlin, 17, who will be a senior in Cape Elizabeth where he plays football, hockey and lacrosse. “It doesn’t really feel like a chore. It’s more like having fun.

Kam Douin, who will be a senior at Cony High in Augusta, played four varsity sports last season: soccer, team kicker soccer, basketball and baseball. So the 6-foot-3 athlete — who excelled this spring as a left-handed pitcher and plays in both the American Legion and club baseball with the Maine Lightning — is also an excellent student. So he’s used to a busy schedule.

But there was a day this summer when squeezing everything inside tired even Douin.

His day started with Cony’s new fitness and strength training program open to all school athletes from 8-10 a.m.

“So one day I went there and then I drove (to the University of New England) to go to a football kicking clinic,” Douin said. “So it was an hour and 15 minute drive. I got there at about 1 p.m. and then drove to Oxford Hills for an American Legion game at 5 a.m. I’m came home and went to bed.

WHEN IS IT TOO MUCH?

Coaches fear asking too much of their athletes. But the high school coach knows that summer practices lead to in-season success and local athletes who don’t play club sports would lose their practice. Plus, summer is the perfect time to introduce new players to a program in a low-stress environment.

“Are we giving children enough breaks? I wonder about that,” said Deb Lebel, coach of the reigning Class A women’s soccer team at Windham High. “But you can try to do it, but the other schools won’t. That’s why I try to keep ours pretty light.

The keys to meeting the varied demands are communication between players and coaches when conflicts arise, and for athletes to prioritize their sports.

“The first week of summer only baseball plays. Then soccer starts. Then hockey starts. Then basketball starts twice a week,” Portland High baseball coach Mike Rutherford said. “And then you have AAU baseball and all the other club stuff. Kids are being pulled in multiple places.

Rutherford, also an assistant football coach, said he was deliberately building his summer baseball schedule to avoid conflicts with Portland High’s basketball and football practices. Still, players will inevitably have to make choices.

“Let me know. Are you going to basketball? That’s fine. Are you going to hockey? That’s fine. Going on vacation? Fine. I just need to know. I don’t want to show up to a (baseball) game and have eight players,” Rutherford said.

For Laughlin, an all-state wide receiver on Cape’s Class C champion football team, football comes first. His weekends have been filled with scouting camps at New England colleges and three days a week he joins the Cape Town team for summer training and 7v7 matches. He tries to sneak in as many hockey practices as possible. He also works as a cook at a local ice cream/burger restaurant. Lacrosse takes a back seat other than the occasional game with friends.

“I mean there’s definitely been days where I don’t want to get out of bed and go to (soccer) practice at 7 a.m., but just do it,” Laughlin said. “It’s always better in the long run. Plus, you feel somewhat accomplished at the end of the day.

Stella Jarvais, 15, a sophomore at Windham High School, poses at home with some of her summer tools. She plays three sports – softball, soccer and basketball – with softball topping the list. Brianna Soukup/staff photographer

A LOGISTICS CHALLENGE

For older athletes like Wilcox, Laughlin and Douin, being able to drive themselves helps ease the logistical burden.

Stella Jarvais, 15, doesn’t have that luxury. Jarvais will be a sophomore at Windham after a freshman year where she was an all-SMAA pick in football and softball and played college basketball. His summer also includes playing for the Maine Thunder club softball team.

“For races, I rely on my teammates just because I’m able to bond more with them,” Jarvais said.

This summer, Jarvais put softball at the top of the list. It occupies his weekends. Monday and Wednesday nights were all about football, Tuesdays and Thursdays were basketball practices and games which together usually ran from 2-7 p.m. camper.

“It keeps me active and staying active and obviously it’s important for me to stay active,” Jarvais said. “But sometimes it’s tough, especially mentally when I need a break, and physically when my body stops for a bit.”

Jarvais said she saw firsthand the value of putting high school teams together over the summer as an incoming freshman. By the time the school year rolled around, she was already feeling comfortable with her older teammates.

“It’s an opportunity to try new things, to build chemistry, without the added pressure of schoolwork and the stress of winning,” Jarvais said. “Lebel and (basketball) coach (Brody) Artes want us to get our skills back before the season, but they also want us to play together and build that bond.”

Getting a day off is important.

Spectators are seated in the stands of Hanford Field at Cape Elizabeth High School on Friday for 7-on-7 football matches between South Portland, Bonny Eagle and Cape Elizabeth. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

Chantelle Bouchard, 18, graduated from Biddeford High this spring where she played basketball and was an all-state catcher at the University of Maine for the state champion Class A softball team. last she was playing or practicing softball five days a week, basketball a few days a week, and training and preparing to recover from two knee surgeries.

“Mondays are where I drew the line,” Bouchard said. “I would try to take a day completely off. But, it usually didn’t work very well.

Bouchard believes she benefited from the busy schedule, learning time management skills and understanding the need to balance sporting, social and academic interests. She is applying those skills this summer before attending St. Joseph’s College. Bouchard still plays club softball with New England Elite while working part-time as a certified nursing assistant at Maine Med.

All high school coaches are mandated by the Maine School Principals’ Association to halt their organized summer activities for two weeks prior to the start of fall preseason practices. The moratorium does not apply to club sports, but it does provide some much-needed relief on weekdays. For players and coaches.

“I think the two-week hands-off is good for everyone. I know it’s good for me,” said Cape Elizabeth football coach Sean Green. “But you know how it is, these kids are engaged. I guarantee our kids will get some captain practice for football and I wouldn’t be shocked if it was the same for every other sport.

Laughlin confirmed that, yes, Cape Town football will likely have low-key training for captains, but he is looking forward to relaxing a bit.

“Go somewhere with the family or something. It’s always nice.


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Kootenay Zone Watersports Athletes Take Podium at BC Games https://lernersportsmarketing.com/kootenay-zone-watersports-athletes-take-podium-at-bc-games/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 17:20:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/kootenay-zone-watersports-athletes-take-podium-at-bc-games/ Local water sports athletes brought home gear after finishing on the podium at the BC Games last weekend in Prince George. The Kootenay Zone team, made up of six athletes from Cranbrook, Nelson, Windermere and Invermere, won 14 medals and a silver medal in the team event scoring the second most team points. The team […]]]>

Local water sports athletes brought home gear after finishing on the podium at the BC Games last weekend in Prince George.

The Kootenay Zone team, made up of six athletes from Cranbrook, Nelson, Windermere and Invermere, won 14 medals and a silver medal in the team event scoring the second most team points.

The team competed in towed events such as water skiing, consisting specifically of slalom, trick and jump as well as wake events consisting of wake surfing, wake boarding and wake skating. The Zone 1 team was coached by Christine DuBois of Windermere, and Lisa Schmidtke of Nelson was the team’s athlete support.

“It was amazing to see our team – both on and off the water – and I’m so proud of each one of them,” said coach Christine DuBois. “It speaks volumes about their skill and spirit when you consider that they were the smallest team in the whole province and managed to win silver in the team event. Prior to these games, it was unknown if Zone 1 had ever been represented at the BC Games in towed water sports, but this team and their success will undoubtedly allow our region to continue to make its mark in the future games.

Waterski Wake Sports BC officiated the event which was held at Lake Ness approximately 20 minutes from the host city of Prince George.

“Athletes are allowed to choose three events of wakeboarding and waterskiing to participate in the Games. As we have many athletes who enjoy all water sports, it was a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of their skills,” said DuBois.

The next Games will be in the summer of 2024. If you have a water sports athlete (ages 10-17 in 2024) who would like to participate, please contact Christine DuBois at christine@shadybrookresort.com.

Results:

Girls 14-17

• Erica Godsave (Cranbrook) Gold Slalom, Silver Jump, Silver Wakeskate, Silver Team Event

• ReeceLawrick (Invermere/Windermere) – Bronze, Wakeskate, Team Silver

Girls 10-13

• Kaylee DuBois (Windermere) – Silver Trick Skiing, Silver Wakesurfing, Bronze Wakeboarding, Silver Team Event

Boys 14-17

• Ryder Duczek (Cranbrook) – Gold Wakesurf, Gold Wakeskate, Silver Team Event

• Dagen Duczek (Cranbrook) – Silver Wakesurf, Bronze Wakeskate, Silver Team Event

Boys 10-13

• Bronson Schimdtke (Nelson) – Wakesurf Gold, Wakeskate Gold, Bronze, Wakeboard, Silver Team Event

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11 of the greatest multisport athletes of all time https://lernersportsmarketing.com/11-of-the-greatest-multisport-athletes-of-all-time/ Fri, 08 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/11-of-the-greatest-multisport-athletes-of-all-time/ For those with a multitude of athletic talents, it can be difficult to choose just one sport to play. Some of them delay the decision as long as possible, while others just try to do everything. Here are 11 of the most memorable multisport athletes in history. When the New York Yankees drafted Vincent Edward […]]]>

For those with a multitude of athletic talents, it can be difficult to choose just one sport to play. Some of them delay the decision as long as possible, while others just try to do everything. Here are 11 of the most memorable multisport athletes in history.

When the New York Yankees drafted Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson as a high school graduate, he wasn’t quite ready to choose baseball over football and track and field. So he pursued all three sports at Auburn University, where he won the 1985 Heisman Trophy (college football’s equivalent of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award) before simultaneously playing for the Los Raiders. Angeles of the NFL and the Kansas City Royals of MLB. A hip injury ended his professional sports career in the mid-1990s, but he is widely recognized as one of the most gifted athletes in recent history.

Jim Thorpe in 1912

Jim Thorpe at the 1912 U.S. Olympic Trials. / Thematic News Agency/GettyImages

Jim Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation who shone in just about every sport he tried. He won gold in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics; although his medals were later revoked due to his semi-professional baseball career – the Olympics were still strictly for amateurs – they were returned to his relatives in the 1980s. He spent 1913-1919 at playing professional baseball before focusing on professional football in later years, and even became the first president of the American Professional Football Association (a precursor to the NFL) in 1920. Thorpe’s widow, Patricia, led the charge to name a town in Pennsylvania – Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania – in his honor after his death in 1953.

Golf Club Swinging Babe Didrikson

Babe practicing her killer swing. /George Rinhart/GettyImages

The baseball skills of a young Mildred Ella Didrikson (later Zaharias) earned her the nickname “Babe”, after Babe Ruth. The nickname stuck throughout her iconic athletic career, starting in the early 1930s with basketball – she played for the All-America women’s team – and track and field (she won medals in hurdles, javelin and high jump at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. ). She also took up golf around this time, winning competitions in the 1940s and early 1950s and even co-founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950.

In September 1989, Deion Sanders (aka Prime Time and Neon Deion) hit a home run for the Yankees. A few days later, he scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons, making him the only athlete to accomplish both feats in the same week. Sanders is also the only athlete to have played in a World Series (with the Atlanta Braves in 1992) and a Super Bowl (with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995 and the Dallas Cowboys the following year).

Danny Ainge has been a mainstay for the Boston Celtics in more ways than one. He played for the team from 1981 to 1989 – winning championships in 1984 and 1986 – and later served as president of basketball operations from 2003 to 2021. (He later left Boston to become CEO of Utah Jazz .) But long before Ainge’s history with the Celts, he was also a promising high school football and baseball player. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays of MLB in 1977, where he played for three seasons while playing college basketball at Brigham Young University.

When Canadian Clara Hughes started cycling as a teenager in 1990, it was primarily a cross-training tactic to help her become an even better speed skater. But she was so natural that she eventually turned to cycling in strength, winning a number of competitions in the early 1990s and winning a few bronze medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Hughes returned to speed skating in 2000, although she did not give up cycling, and captured bronze in the 5,000 meters at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. This victory earned her the distinction of being the first Canadian athlete to win a medal at both the Summer and Winter Games. (She went on to win three more medals in speed skating at the following Winter Olympics.)

It didn’t come as a huge surprise when Dave Winfield was drafted by MLB’s San Diego Padres and NBA’s Atlanta Hawks (as well as the American Basketball Association’s Utah Stars) in 1973. He had just completed a successful college career at the University of Minnesota. , where he won a basketball conference title in 1972 and was named College World Series MVP the following year. The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings also drafted him, even though he hadn’t played football since he was a kid.

“I was surprised at that, but they were looking at me for my athletic ability,” Winfield later told Yahoo Sports. “The Vikings thought I could play tight end. I was 6-foot-6, 230-232 pounds, could run, and could catch. Winfield was not at all enamored with the offer, as he “didn’t want to get hurt”. He chose baseball, spending the 1970s with the Padres, the 80s with the Yankees, and a few shorter stints with other teams before retiring in 1996.

Although Kenny Lofton grew up playing basketball and baseball in Indiana, he knew that full basketball rides were easier to find. “So when I was offered the opportunity to go to the University of Arizona on a basketball scholarship, I jumped on it,” he wrote for The Players’ Tribune. in 2015. During 1988’s March Madness, the team – which also included future NBA greats Steve Kerr and Sean Elliott among them – made it all the way to the Final Four.

But Lofton did not end up in the NBA. Instead, after a short stint on the Arizona baseball team, he was drafted by the Houston Astros and became a valued center back for the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians) throughout the years. 1990. By the time he retired in 2007, Lofton had been named an All-Star six times and had also won four Golden Glove Awards.

Lottie Dod circa 1890

Lottie Dod circa 1890. / W. and D. Downey/GettyImages

England’s Charlotte “Lottie” Dod holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest Wimbledon women’s singles champion. She won the competition in 1887 at just 15 years and 285 days old. Dod continued to beat her tennis rivals for several years and eventually turned to golf, taking first place in the 1904 British Women’s Amateur Championship. As well as being a skater, curler and hockey player a skilled turf, she also won a silver medal in archery at the 1908 Olympics in London.

In June 2018, the Oakland Athletics selected University of Oklahoma outfielder Kyler Murray in the first round of the draft. Things got a bit complicated later that year when Murray, also a superstar quarterback for the Sooners, won the Heisman Trophy and decided to focus on football. The Arizona Cardinals first drafted him in April 2019, making him the only athlete to be picked in the first round of the NFL and MLB drafts. Murray still focuses on football, but said as recently as June 2021 that he hasn’t closed the door on a potential professional baseball career. He is also very good at chess.

Australian Erin Phillips is a two-time WNBA champion, having won the final in 2012 with the Indiana Fever and again in 2014 with the Phoenix Mercury. She retired from the league in 2017, giving her more time to focus on a passion from her youth: Australian rules football, a rugby-style contact sport played on cricket ovals. That same year, Phillips joined the Adelaide Crows for the first season of the new Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) and has remained with the team ever since.

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Celebrate our multi-sport athletes https://lernersportsmarketing.com/celebrate-our-multi-sport-athletes/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/celebrate-our-multi-sport-athletes/ June 22—The Robesonian has long-running awards to honor the best athlete in every sport, and some of my favorite interviews are with athletes as I let them know they’ve been named Player of the Year and reminisce about their success then that I am preparing a feature article to accompany the award. But as I […]]]>

June 22—The Robesonian has long-running awards to honor the best athlete in every sport, and some of my favorite interviews are with athletes as I let them know they’ve been named Player of the Year and reminisce about their success then that I am preparing a feature article to accompany the award.

But as I have for the past few years – August will mark my third anniversary with this post – I discovered that there was one prize missing: one to recognize the top all-around athlete in the county.

Well, he was missing. Not anymore.

In today’s issue, you’ll find Robeson County’s inaugural All-Around Female Athlete of the Year award, given to Purnell Swett tri-sport star Chloe Locklear. A prize for the best male all-around athlete is planned for Saturday’s edition.

This award celebrates a multi-sport athlete – but by selecting the individual who best represents the successes of that special group, it celebrates them all. In high school sports, there are so many talented people who play two, three or even four sports – sometimes doing it at the university level for three or four years each. Locklear, for example, played 10 combined college seasons of volleyball, basketball, and softball.

In the age of specialization, these athletes remain the cornerstone of high school sports, especially in the smaller classifications. But even at our two largest schools in Robeson County, Lumberton and Purnell Swett, many of the top athletes are extremely valuable across multiple sports.

And there is something to that. Not only does playing different sports throughout the year allow an athlete to stay in better shape for each successive season, but the skills they learn on the field or in the field can be transferred to another.

“As a coach and athletic director, I strongly believe that they don’t need to specialize, they need to play different sports,” said William Deese, softball coach and athletic director at Purnell Swett. “All these sports help you for the next sport; they keep you fit and motivate you to do what you need to do.”

And these athletes are doing it while maintaining their grades and navigating the complicated waters that today’s youth face on a daily basis.

Locklear wasn’t someone I considered Player of the Year in any of the three sports she played. She wasn’t even the best player on her own team in two of them, as she shared the basketball court and softball court with a county player of the year. But she is the perfect candidate for All-Around Female Athlete of the Year recognition, as she has had a huge impact on every team on and off the pitch, delivering strong output at setter, striker and goalkeeper. receiver, while leading by example – and that leadership has been key to phenomenal seasons for the Rams’ basketball and softball teams.

Much of the same can be said about the male recipient to announce as well.

In the future, I hope this award becomes something that Robeson County sports fans look to every June as a symbol of overall excellence in local high school sports. And perhaps as it is awarded in the years to come, the athletes themselves will begin to see the award as a goal.

They deserve all the recognition for their hard work and unique talents.

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Stiles: Let’s celebrate our multi-sport athletes https://lernersportsmarketing.com/stiles-lets-celebrate-our-multi-sport-athletes/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/stiles-lets-celebrate-our-multi-sport-athletes/ The Robesonian has long-running awards to honor the best athlete in every sport, and some of my favorite interviews are with athletes as I let them know they’ve been named Player of the Year and reminisce about their success as I prepare a report to accompany the prize . But as I have for the […]]]>

The Robesonian has long-running awards to honor the best athlete in every sport, and some of my favorite interviews are with athletes as I let them know they’ve been named Player of the Year and reminisce about their success as I prepare a report to accompany the prize .

But as I have for the past few years – August will mark my third anniversary with this post – I discovered that there was one prize missing: one to recognize the top all-around athlete in the county.

Well, he was missing. Not anymore.

In today’s issue, you’ll find Robeson County’s inaugural All-Around Female Athlete of the Year award, given to Purnell Swett tri-sport star Chloe Locklear. A prize for the best male all-around athlete is planned for Saturday’s edition.

This award celebrates a multi-sport athlete – but by selecting the individual who best represents the successes of that special group, it celebrates them all. In high school sports, there are so many talented people who play two, three or even four sports – sometimes doing it at the university level for three or four years each. Locklear, for example, played 10 combined college seasons of volleyball, basketball, and softball.

In the age of specialization, these athletes remain the cornerstone of high school sports, especially in the smaller classifications. But even at our two largest schools in Robeson County, Lumberton and Purnell Swett, many of the top athletes are extremely valuable across multiple sports.

And there is something to that. Not only does playing different sports throughout the year allow an athlete to stay in better shape for each successive season, but the skills they learn on the field or in the field can be transferred to another.

“As a coach and athletic director, I strongly believe that they don’t need to specialize, they need to play different sports,” said William Deese, softball coach and athletic director at Purnell Swett. “All these sports help you for the next sport; they keep you fit and motivate you to do what you need to do.

And these athletes are doing it while maintaining their grades and navigating the complicated waters that today’s youth face on a daily basis.

Locklear wasn’t someone I considered Player of the Year in any of the three sports she played. She wasn’t even the best player on her own team in two of them, as she shared the basketball court and softball court with a county player of the year. But she is the perfect candidate for All-Around Female Athlete of the Year recognition, as she has had a huge impact on every team on and off the pitch, delivering strong output at setter, striker and goalkeeper. receiver, while leading by example – and that leadership has been key to phenomenal seasons for the Rams’ basketball and softball teams.

Much of the same can be said about the male recipient to announce as well.

In the future, I hope this award becomes something that Robeson County sports fans look to every June as a symbol of overall excellence in local high school sports. And perhaps as it is awarded in the years to come, the athletes themselves will begin to see the award as a goal.

They deserve all the recognition for their hard work and unique talents.

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Sacred Heart Multisport Athletes Return to State Tournament https://lernersportsmarketing.com/sacred-heart-multisport-athletes-return-to-state-tournament/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 03:20:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/sacred-heart-multisport-athletes-return-to-state-tournament/ FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – For the fifth time in program history, the Sacred Heart baseball team is returning to the state tournament. For Sacred Heart, it is a return to form after falling narrowly last season. “Last year it was a big disappointment that we fell.” said the elder Cullen Rohrich. “We knew […]]]>

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – For the fifth time in program history, the Sacred Heart baseball team is returning to the state tournament. For Sacred Heart, it is a return to form after falling narrowly last season.

“Last year it was a big disappointment that we fell.” said the elder Cullen Rohrich. “We knew we just had to regroup and come back. Now we are quite excited to be back to our goal. We have a good team and I think we can go quite far when we get to the tournament.

“If we can play our game, no one will beat us.” said his classmate Izaac Zavoral. “We’re a pretty talented group. Everyone in our 1-9 lineup can hit the ball over the fence. It will be fun to see and show people what we can do there.

This team includes a group of players who are certainly no strangers to the playoffs, in fact, there are ten members of the roster who made history just three months ago. They were members of the Sacred Heart basketball team that made its first appearance in a state tournament earlier this spring. The camaraderie they built on the hardwood moves seamlessly onto the diamond.

“From the beginning of school until the end, we are together. added fellow senior Sam Gapp. “We hang out in class. Small classes so we see each other every year. We have those times when we get mad at each other, we get bored with each other, but it all works out in the end. We are all great friends.

“It makes it a lot more fun, you can carry jokes you’ve had from sport to sport.” said Rohrich. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s kind of cool that we have a lot of these guys from the basketball team on the baseball team as well.

Some athletes spend their entire high school careers never making it to a state tournament. The fact that these players are about to go to their second in three months does not escape these multi-sport athletes.

“It’s pretty cool to be part of it.” said Rohrich. “I’m excited to see where this is leading. I hope that we will also be successful when we participate in this tournament. I’m pretty lucky to be part of it because it doesn’t happen very often. So I’m very excited to see how we can do there.

“We’ll come back to it a few years later and realize we had a pretty special team.” Zavoral added. “It’s an honor to be a part of it, and your name will go down in history, so it’s a good feeling.”

The last time Sacred Heart played in the state tournament in 2019, they finished second in Class A. This group has a chance to make history in another sport, starting Tuesday in Saint-Cloud . They face South Ridge in the first round.

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Saginaw Area Multisport Athletes Face Tough Tournament Decisions https://lernersportsmarketing.com/saginaw-area-multisport-athletes-face-tough-tournament-decisions/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/saginaw-area-multisport-athletes-face-tough-tournament-decisions/ Every year the challenge remains the same, with the disappointment and the feeling that someone is letting someone down. But every year, high school multi-sport athletes are forced to choose between sports and their teammates on one of Michigan’s busiest sports days of the year. This season, Freeland’s Evelynn Rybicki and Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s Ava […]]]>

Every year the challenge remains the same, with the disappointment and the feeling that someone is letting someone down.

But every year, high school multi-sport athletes are forced to choose between sports and their teammates on one of Michigan’s busiest sports days of the year.

This season, Freeland’s Evelynn Rybicki and Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s Ava Slieff are faced with the same decision and offered different responses.

Rybicki, a star of the Freeland softball team, qualified for the Division 2 state meet in the pole vault. Slieff, who helped lead Michigan Lutheran Seminary to a 21-win softball season, qualified in the 200 meters, as well as the 400 and 800 relays.

They are forced to choose between playing in the softball districts or the state track finals on Saturday.

“I love softball and I want to play softball,” Slieff said. “It’s disappointing not being able to play softball with my district teammates. You’d hope something could be done, but I’m going to meet athletics.

Slieff, who plays shortstop, pitcher and outfielder for the Cardinals, is hitting .369 with 16 stolen bases for a 21-12 Seminar team. Last season, Slieff also competed in Division 4 track and field competition, helping the Cardinals finish third in the 400m relay.

She wrapped up the 2022 regular season on Thursday, pitching a full game to help Seminary part ways with Birch Run.

“It is our school’s policy that co-ed sports athletes must make a choice before the season, choosing which sport is primary and which is secondary,” Seminary coach Seth LaBair said. “Whenever there is a scheduling conflict, the athlete opts for the main sport.

“Ava missed about 10 games for us when there were track meets. And since it’s her main sport, she’s going to the state meet on Saturday.

While Slieff competes in Hudsonville, his softball teammates will face Breckenridge in a district semifinal Saturday noon in Merrill.

Rybicki, a junior, is part of a strong Freeland track and field team and a 24-11 Freeland softball team. The Falcons finished third in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association team meet, led by a trio of long-distance stars: Mara Longenecker, Whitney Farrell and Kiera Hansen. Farrell is committed to racing for Ferris State, while Hansen will race next season for Eastern Michigan. Longenecker will be Michigan’s favorite next season.

They will compete for the Falcons in the Division 2 state meet at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern, while Rybicki will play in the Division 2 softball district at Bullock Creek, taking on Essexville Garber at 10 a.m. in the semifinals. district.

“It’s just too bad she can’t do both,” Freeland softball coach Mike Rybicki said. “You hope the state would be able to create a situation where these athletes could do both. I understand that you can’t change the state of athletics competition. There are hundreds of volunteers and that requires a lot of coordination.

“But there’s no reason you can’t have a district softball tournament with four teams and three games on a Friday.”

Currently, the Michigan High School Athletic Association has made Saturday the default date for softball and baseball districts. The Saturday date for baseball is important due to pitching restrictions, but those restrictions do not extend to softball.

“Right now, to play Friday, all four teams in the district should be in agreement,” LaBair said. “It’s the best shot, and some districts are Friday. It would be a good idea especially for small schools like ours where there are more dual athletes.

“But right now, Ava is going to miss playing softball. If we don’t win, her season is over. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the situation.”

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Freeland softball team continues turnaround season with sweep

Saginaw Area Regional Track Championship, State Meet Playoffs

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Multisport Athletes – The Viking Magazine https://lernersportsmarketing.com/multisport-athletes-the-viking-magazine/ Thu, 26 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/multisport-athletes-the-viking-magazine/ What makes multisport athletes truly special is the balance they play every season. Pursuing academic and athletic success is a difficult process, but one that countless Paly students complete each year. Here we have a few students describing their eventful life as a multi-sport athlete. Being a multi-sport athlete creates issues for athletes around the […]]]>

What makes multisport athletes truly special is the balance they play every season. Pursuing academic and athletic success is a difficult process, but one that countless Paly students complete each year. Here we have a few students describing their eventful life as a multi-sport athlete.

Being a multi-sport athlete creates issues for athletes around the world, like balancing schoolwork and constant competition. However, being a multi-sport athlete has its perks.

Playing multiple sports is very beneficial in helping athletes avoid burnout; Thinking about, doing, and playing the same sport all your life can be great for some, but for others it can lead to boredom or a lack of enthusiasm for the sport they loved. Athletes who master a variety of sports also limit their risk of overuse injuries because their bodies move in new and unique ways as their seasons and sports change. Minimizing injuries ensures more playing time overall and is crucial for the mental health of athletes. Being a multisport athlete helps develop necessary life skills and the multisport environment can create good habits of time management and coach-player communication.

Natalie Neumman, although a freshman, has already dominated the court, the pool and the track. She played JV water polo in the fall, varsity basketball in the winter, and is currently finishing her freshman track season, where she was brought to college for championships. Basketball, in which she was one of only three freshmen to make the varsity team, is her favorite sport of her three. It’s because she’s been playing it the longest and enjoying it the most. In addition to sports, Neumann follows several difficult courses which she must balance with training and training. She gets bio honors and advanced geometry that require her to plan her homework and study time.

“I’m a multi-sport athlete because I like to be active, and I grew up playing sports, so I love being part of a team and learning new skills – being a multi-sport athlete has really helped me no only to make new friends, but also to teach me important leadership skills and the importance of communication and teamwork,” Neumann said.

Thea Enache was a multi-sport athlete throughout her high school career, playing both basketball and volleyball in Paly. Although she started basketball first, she loves basketball as much as volleyball. In addition to school sports, Enache plays club volleyball and trains on his own – in the form of lifting, cross-training and technical skills – during and after seasons. Because the Paly Championship volleyball season overlaps with the start of the basketball season, Enache must balance the two sports with his homework load. Although it’s incredibly difficult, it’s also very rewarding. It helped her grow and learn as a person and she would continue her athletic journey playing Division I volleyball at San Diego State University.

“During the dual season I spent about 35 hours in total per week training and it was extremely challenging but also extremely rewarding,” Anache said.

Brody Simison is one of many multi-sport seniors here at Paly. Simison, a two-way star on the football pitch, can also be found dribbling on the pitch in the winter and breaking public relations in the 100 yards. Simison’s favorite sport was basketball, but as high school continued and the number of touchdowns he scored increased, football became his best runner. In the fall of his senior year, Brody scored over fifteen touchdowns and eight interceptions. Simison will likely continue his academic and athletic career with football and credits much of his success in sports and happiness in life to his athletic balancing act.

“I would say playing multiple sports is hard work,” Simison said. “However, you learn great time management skills and become a very well-rounded athlete, which I think will give me an edge over my competition as I compete at higher levels.”

Jorell Clark is a multi-sport freshman who rides cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the spring. Basketball is his favorite sport of the three and he can often be found using the hoop in his backyard, perfecting his shooting and dribbling skills. Clark spends about twenty hours a week training for athletics and basketball in addition to the ten hours allotted to homework and study. He balances his schoolwork and athletics by being productive with his free time, early mornings, prep periods and bonuses. Playing several sports brings not only excitement but also joy in his life and he couldn’t imagine anything else.

“I’m a multi-sport athlete because I love sports but also each sport helps improve your performance for other sports. For example, cross-country improves endurance, which means I can stay in the field longer than everyone else,” Clark said.

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Combat sports athletes Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Anderson Silva promote this CBD business https://lernersportsmarketing.com/combat-sports-athletes-floyd-mayweather-jr-and-anderson-silva-promote-this-cbd-business/ Tue, 24 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://lernersportsmarketing.com/combat-sports-athletes-floyd-mayweather-jr-and-anderson-silva-promote-this-cbd-business/ Combat Sports Legends Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Anderson Silva represented both X unlimited Inc. TALK and its brand SMILZ CBD at the Abu Dhabi Unity fight card held on May 21, 2022. Mayweather headlined the Pay-Per-View exhibition against Don Moore and sported the Limitless X brand logo around his waist with the SMILZ logo near […]]]>

Combat Sports Legends Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Anderson Silva represented both X unlimited Inc. TALK and its brand SMILZ CBD at the Abu Dhabi Unity fight card held on May 21, 2022. Mayweather headlined the Pay-Per-View exhibition against Don Moore and sported the Limitless X brand logo around his waist with the SMILZ logo near his left leg. Silva, a UFC icon, co-hosted the event in a boxing vs. Bruno Machado and also represented Limitless with a branded patch on his shorts and back waist. Both fighting legends dominated their respective fights and scored impressive knockdowns.

“Everything I’ve done in my career, from my training regimen to my diet to what I approve of on my shirts, has been done with strategy, attention to detail and perfection,” Mayweather said. . “I knew I had a platform with my Don Moore fight to get more eyes and ears on SMILZ, a CBD brand I truly and sincerely believe in. For a show of this magnitude, covering Limitless X and SMILZ, would get the brand’s attention deserved.I have supported SMILZ since its launch and strongly believe in its future as a CBD product for consumers with a wide range of tolerances.

Limitless X recently entered into a definitive share exchange agreement with BioLab Naturals, Inc. and began trading publicly under the symbol “BLAB”. Bio Lab Naturals is a holding company whose business and principal activities include Prime Time Live, Inc., a Denver, CO-based company specializing in providing customers with high resolution mobile LED displays for entertainment, corporate, civic and sporting events.

Photo: Courtesy of Limitless X Inc.

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