Reagan Varsity Baseball: A Look Ahead at the Season Callie Spice
By: Shalen Tully
Baseball season is here, and Reagan’s varsity team doesn’t take this matter lightly. With just 1 to 2 days of downtime each week, Reagan’s boys’ varsity baseball team works hard and plays even harder 5 to 6 days a week.
Coach Scott, a computer science and math educator, leads the varsity team. With 16 years of coaching under his belt, he knows quite a bit about what it takes to be a successful team.
“I always think we’re very competitive; however, this year we have a very young team. If we can get some contributions from the younger players, we’ve definitely got an opportunity (to go to state),” Coach Scott said. “As a coach, my job is to motivate, organize. As far as my presence on the field, I try to stay back and let the kids play,” he added.
Looking back, Coach Scott has been here since the beginning of Reagan’s baseball journey. His proudest moments were, “the first year we got a baseball team here. I think 2010 was the first year here at Reagan. We went 12 and 12. The following year with that same group of kids we ended up winning the city conference title so that was one of my proudest moments. Also making it to state tournament 2 years ago was also a very special time.”
Looking forward, improvement is on the team’s mind. Given the youthfulness of this year’s baseball team in general, Coach Scott said, “it’s going to be fun to watch the younger players develop and build into the leadership that will take us into the next few years.” One way he will help this is, “definitely be more disciplined; we want to minimize some of the routine mistakes that we made last year that gave our opponents an advantage over us. The way we’re going to do that is through lots of practice. Through drilling our kids on the routine and making the routine plays.”
This year’s season started on March 20 and will conclude in June, depending on how far the team goes in conferences this year. With a season of 25 games, multiple games are played each week. “We usually don’t have days off. Once baseball starts, March 20, we practice every single day. We have a very heavy game schedule. Our game schedule, we play 25 games in the course of 2 months; we play a game every 3 days, we have practice on the days we’re not playing. We’re usually going Monday through Saturday.”
Coach Scott is definitely looking forward to the rest of the season. “I’m excited this year. It’s fun to watch a young group. I look forward to being able to work with those kids for the next 4 years and look forward to them being staples in the Reagan baseball program. We haven’t won the conference in the last two years so I’m hoping that this group of players can take us to that next level and start getting back to the Reagan ways of winning,” he said.
A New Season on the Court Emma Duffy
A new season of boys’ tennis starts this month, and the team is raring to go. Coached by Mr Kelley and Mr DePerry, and led by senior captain Timothy Xiong, the boys aim to improve on last years’ season and define themselves as a top tennis team.
Coach Kelley has coached tennis for five years, and says he’s found something within both the girls’ and boys’ teams that he’s never seen in other sports that he’s coached: a strong sense of community and connection. “There’s a sort of subculture present within the team, a group of students that connect on and off the court, and that camaraderie has made our team stronger,” he said.
At a pre-season meeting in March, the coaches saw an increased interest from new freshmen and sophomore players, a big jump in numbers from last year. When asked how he plans to teach the new players and help bring them up to the same level as the rest of the team, Coach Kelley responded, “There needs to be passion for the game present first, and then I can begin to coach a player. Our season is only two months long, so when we have that little time to improve, every player needs the drive to practice outside of team practices to really build skill.”
Winning a conference championship is high on the list of their goals for this season, although Coach Kelley added that improving skill and having fun are the main objectives, as with any sport. Last season the girls’ team won their city conference championship, beating Rufus King for the first time in over a decade, and the boys’ are ready to match that record. They’re confident in their varsity seniors, and with a strong junior class as well, they may have a shot at being crowned champions.
Lastly, Coach Kelley would like to add to our readers that everyone interested is encouraged to join, there are no cuts on the team, and you’ll be encouraged to grow individually on the court.
A Serve For The Win EMA NIMPHIUS
For years, students and teachers have been true rivals, and Thursday, March 9 they went head to head in a student vs. teacher volleyball game. Immediately when entering the gymnasium, the tension between the two teams were clear. Though many were yelling their teachers names, their voices were masked by the audience's screams, for their close peers. Even though the audience had different hopes on who should win they were all respectful, and showed their IB spirit.
Many people enjoyed the game “I think that it was a nice game between the students and teachers, It brought them together in a fun, competitive way. ” said Mya Bailey, a freshman student, after the game. Though it was more of a social gathering then a point for point game it still provided entertainment. All of the comments were positive; many such as Brendan M. said, “[It was] entertaining to see the teachers play volleyball,” or how it was fun to see the teachers’ personalities change from in class to the court.
Though the game started off slow with a win from the student team, both teams played well. Even though both teachers and students seemed to lack in the confidence they needed to bring their full potential. In the second game, the students start to get more comfortable with the crowd and started to loosen up as they started to play. Though the three games went by in a flash with no real action, many say it was entertaining to watch. A lot of people enjoyed seeing their teachers dressed to show their Husky pride, especially Puddicombe, who was dressed in an afro, and showing off his husky gear. Though the senior team did not show as much spirit they still rocked the court with every game they played. The game was filled with spikes, dives, tumbles, and overall it was a delight to watch.
Track An interview Leo Espinoza
With track season already underway, I sat down to speak with Coach Paltzer and Coach Duellman who are two of the three track coaches before the season started, to speak about their expectations for the track team this year, as well as why they think that people should join track. The two coaches with whom I spoke were both very excited about the new track season and were very enthusiastic about the new season and the new members. They showed that they were very determined to taking the track team to the next level. Here is the interview with two of the track coaches on this upcoming track season: