Jillian Herbst and Gaby Rosabal – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Many Mustangs who play sports at LRHS also play competitively outside of school. Student-athletes are constantly challenged to manage both school and sports.
In school sports the team often can seem less competitive then club, or travel, teams.
Junior Brooklyn Lucero plays softball for Lakewood and for her travel team the Tampa Mustangs. Lucero said, “Travel ball is much more competitive, and I travel all over the country to play in tournaments.”
Athletes enjoy having a very busy and active life. Many athletes agreed if they quit their sport their life would be boring.
Sophomore Adam Vansant plays lacrosse for Lakewood and he also plays competitively outside of school. Vansant said, “Without lacrosse my life would be boring. I wouldn’t know what to do with my life.”
Some students participate in a sport that is only out of school. Junior Isabella Gomez rows for Sarasota Crew. “Even just rowing outside of school takes a lot of time management skills to keep up with school work,” said Gomez. LRHS does not offer rowing as a sport.
School, practice and workouts take up most of their afternoons. When high school season starts the athletes have practice or a game every weekday. During high school off-seasons many students still have practice two or three times a week for their travel team.
LRHS law studies teacher Tony Cummins previously coached the Lakewood softball team and currently coaches at State College Florida – Manatee/Sarasota and the travel team Sarasota Heat. Cummins said playing for a school is special.
“Playing for your school is the greatest honor,” he said. “Travel ball is more about being exposed to college coaches but playing for your school is representing your whole school.”