Bailey Wegenast – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- For many students around LRHS, the typical high school sport, such as basketball, football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, etc., just isn’t enough.
Luckily, there are local sports teams that allow students to showcase different talents.
Senior Jax Phipps plays for the Sarasota Surge Rugby Club.
“Rugby offers a competitive and physical challenge that sports in school don’t offer,” he said. “Rugby consists of two 40-minute halves with no subs which is both more physically intensive and mentally challenging. I think rugby should be played in schools, but never will be because it’s too hazardous.”
Sophomore Anna Stock is both a biker and swimmer. She said these activities provide her with proper endurance training for the LRHS cross-country team.
“It allows for some time to just clear my mind and not have to train with other people. It also is a great cardio workout as well as a strength workout which ties into cross training for other sports,” stated Stock.
Freshman Nicole Pritchard is also an out of school athlete, as she trains as a gymnast.
“You have to be more committed to the sport because it takes hours and hours, also I like it because it’s very competitive and the teams feel like family. You have to become comfortable with the equipment and it’s too dangerous to be a school sport.”
Pritchard also trains for cross-country at LRHS.