As November rolls around and the leaves fall off the trees, most fall sports begin to come to an end. For some players, it’s not a big deal as they have forcoming seasons, but for most seniors it’s quite sentimental. With most seniors not knowing where they want to attend school yet since it is still considerably early in the year, most players do not know if they will get to play on that field again. Today, Lions Pride uncovers the feelings of the senior student athletes as their seasons come to an end.
Last Friday our football team took a tough lose very late in the game to Middletown, the last game of the year. Sadly, the Lions did not improve their record to make it to playoffs.
Senior Myles Roberts, a four year player, is not sure if he is going to continue his athletic career while pursuing a degree in college. Roberts, although, has received an offer Moravian College to play football at the division three level. Moravian is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which is about a two hour and thirty minute drive from here in Walkersville.
As Roberts is unsure if he will be padding up again he notes that, “It’s not the way I wanted to end my high school football career [last Friday’s game] but I didn’t let it bother me. I had fun with my teammates all season and couldn’t have asked for any better. I was on varsity for 4 years and it felt like forever but when that final season comes it’s gone in the blink of an eye. I’m just excited to move on and see what the future holds.”
As the football teams season ended, so did field hockey teams. They made it to the second round of playoffs, the sectional championship, although took a hard 1-0 loss to Catoctin.
Senior Mckenzie Pope has played field hockey all four years of her high school career. Pope also plays lacrosse in the spring and has verbally committed to continue her athletic career as a Red Raider at Shippensburg University. Pope plans on studying pre-vet while competing at the division two level for lacrosse. For Pope, this was her last time playing field hockey on a team. She stated that, “field hockey has had it’s ups and downs for me over the last four years, but I will truly miss it. During senior night and our playoff game against Catoctin it didn’t hit me that it was almost over. I didn’t really notice how much I was going to miss it until now.”
As it is sad to see the season come to an end, these athletes and all seniors, still have a long senior year ahead of them to create more memories as a Walkersville High School student. The memories made here on the field, in the locker room, or even in the classroom will remain with these student athletes for the rest of their lives.
Photo taken by Baylor Baxley.