BY KYLEIGH SPRIGLE
The fall sports are coming to an end and the spring sports teams are starting to prepare. Tryouts have started for some and other teams have started conditioning and practicing. At CCHS, some of the most impressive teams play during the spring.
The boys’ soccer team had 28 players on varsity last year. They’ve already had tryouts to make up for the players they lost. Last year, the team did not make it past districts. The team got a new head coach and some hope that the change will get them past districts.
The girls’ soccer team lost 12 seniors from last year. However, they made up for it at tryouts and now there are nearly 30 on varsity. They won districts last year but lost against Cypress Bay in regional semifinals. The first game of the season will be against their strong competitor St. Thomas.
“We have some really good talent coming in with the freshman class and [we] are learning to play more as a team with every practice.”
“I think we have a really good chance of going far this season,” senior goalie Hailey Brown said. “We have some really good talent coming in with the freshman class and [we] are learning to play more as a team with every practice.”
The softball team has been on a winning streak for the past few years. They have won districts four years in a row and have gone to states the past 2 years. The team lost five seniors, two of which were pitchers. Their season starts later in the year but conditioning has already started.
There is a lot of anticipation for the baseball season. The team has been practicing more than ever and they even participate in morning practices. They do a fall league in preparation for the spring season. Last year they did not go to districts, but this year they want to change that
Boys’ basketball did not win districts last year, but many hope they will this year. They had to add more people to varsity because they lost five seniors and some underclassmen.
Only three seniors left the girls’ basketball team. Last year, the team won districts and lost at the regional semifinals. They have started practicing and conditioning in anticipation of a difficult season.
“… With the leadership and talent we have on our team, I think that we will still do well and we will still make districts.”
Last year, the boys’ volleyball team made it to the district playoffs for the first time in a few years. More than five seniors left the team and some underclassmen left as well. They are still looking for a coach but the players believe this will be a successful season.
“I think we will still do well, despite the fact that we still don’t have a coach yet,” senior Ethan Silverman said. “But with the leadership and talent we have on our team, I think that we will still do well and we will still make districts.”
Flag football season starts later in the year. They have to make up for the seven seniors they lost. The flag football team has won districts the past few years and wants to replicate that.
The boys’ water polo team lost 15 seniors, and many of them were starters. Last year, the team won districts but lost in regionals. They are still without a coach but they believe they can repeat what they did last year.
“We are more than capable of replicating what we did last year,” junior Bryce Pritchett said. “I am certain we can win districts again.”
The girls’ water polo team lost 18 players and their coaching staff. They got third in districts last year but they hope they can win this year. Conditioning is supposed to start in December, but they still need a coach.
Tennis is a lesser-known sport at CCHS, however, it is growing.
Tennis is a lesser-known sport at CCHS, however, it is growing. They are gaining players and only two seniors graduated last year. The plays are judged individually, but players aspire to make it to states.
The girls’ tennis team had some impressive players and nobody graduated last year. Two of the players last year made it to states and they are still on the team. Others made it to districts last year and are expected to improve.
The wrestlers are all judged individually. Last year, there were four district champions and one district runner-up. There weren’t any seniors on the team last year, so the wrestlers are expected to improve.
The boys’ lacrosse team lost nine seniors. Last year, the team made it to districts but had an upsetting loss in the final game of the season to Gulliver Prep. The team is going to have tryouts later in the year.
The girls’ lacrosse team expects to make it further this year. The team made it to districts but lost in the first round. Many of the players have been playing travel and practicing on their own in preparation before the season starts.
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