SPRINGVILLE — The spring season of school sports has kicked off at Springville-Griffith Institute, as spring sports teams have begun practicing and preparing for the upcoming season. These teams include lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and track.
Kate Darling participates in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and sprints for the track team. “I’m looking forward to getting a personal best in all of my events and looking forward to a great season with my teammates and getting some first-place finishes,” Darling said.
Nate Wolcott is also on the track team. “I do 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, triple jump, 4-by-1 and later on in the season, I participate in the pentathlon,” Wolcott said, of his specialties. “I would like to improve my times, in each of my events,” he explained, “and this year, we have a chance at becoming division champions, so I hope we can meet that goal.” Garrett Olrogg also sprints and throws for the track team. “I hope to throw over 100 feet in discus,” that player said, of his goal.
Katherine Zygaj joined the lacrosse team because of its history and because she finds the sport challenging. “I look forward to working together as a team and to have our team improve their fundamental skills,” she said. Ariel Henderson is goalie for the lacrosse team, and has been on the team for four years.
When asked about her team she said, “We’re all different and we all have fun and make the best of everything. I’m looking forward to winning and using all aspects of lacrosse to win,” she said. “I would like to become a better lacrosse player, all around.”
Katrina Kerkendall is one of the captains of the girls’ softball team. “I want to increase strikeouts and my batting percentage and eliminate unearned hits. I’m pitching every day and doing a lot of tee work, by hitting in the cage,” Kerkendall said.
“I’m looking forward to spending the last year with a really good group of girls and definitely working together to achieve a winning record.”
Kyle Schultz is playing on the tennis team, this spring. He said, “I’m looking forward to moving into singles, so it will be harder. I hope that I can win more than last year and that my team wins more.
“I liked playing recreational tennis and decided to try it as a sport,” he said, of why he joined the team.
All S-GI spring sports are now polishing their skills, and games will begin the first week of April.
See page ?? for a list of tentative schedules, for the upcoming season. Check back next week for the Journal lacrosse preview.