Julia Drymon – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – All sports at LRHS are very competitive, demanding long practices and dedication.
Some students participate in multiple sports throughout the year, which results in no offseason for them.
Seniors Madison Koczersut, Denver Romano, and George Davis are a just a few of many who dedicate their lives to sports. Koczersut plays volleyball and softball and is also on the weightlifting team. Romano cheerleads throughout the entire year, while Davis plays football and baseball in back to back seasons.
These students have found it can be a struggle balancing academics and sports.
“To manage my time, I start my homework before practice starts and finish it when I get home,” said Davis.
Balancing a full-time sport in addition to school and sometimes jobs can get intense. “It’s not easy to manage, it’s hard to study, practice, socialize, and sleep all in one day,” Koczersut explained.
Davis finds encouragement to succeed through his sports, “To be on the team, I have to have a good grade-point-average (GPA), so that really motivates me to keep my grades up.”
Romano participates in cheerleading and has for all four years of high school.
“I’ve gotten the hang of working so hard, you get used to it after four years,” she stated.
Although playing sports year-round seems difficult and draining, these athletes think it is well worth it.
Koczersut said, “I don’t know what my life would be like without sports because I’ve always played them. I made so many good friends through sports and shaped me into who I am.”
Davis explained that sports have shaped him into a better person, “Sports help me overcome adversity and treat others with respect.”
No matter how daunting it may seem, playing multiple sports with no offseason is possible. With hard work and passion for the sport, many students experience success in all areas of accomplishment.