Spring Sports, ALMS Rivalries

Taylor Berenbaum, Contributor

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    Spring is here meaning Andrew Lewis spring sports are in session! Girls and boys soccer and track, baseball, as well as softball are currently in the middle of their playing seasons. Healthy competition is always needed in order to make a sport enjoyable for players and fans. With competition in the air, sports rivalries form. Similar to the famous Virginia Tech versus University of Virginia rivalry, our Andrew Lewis spring sports are also competing against other skilled teams. Midway through the season, three of the athletes, seventh grader Graham Fischer, and eighth graders Gabby Vazquez and Zada Craig were interviewed for their opinions on the topic of sports rivalries.

    Seventh-grader, Graham Fischer plays center mid for our Andrew Lewis boys soccer team. He enjoys the opportunity to play for his club team VBR Star and represent our school. Graham also recently played in the International Carnaval Cup in Barcelona, Spain! The boys soccer team believes Glenvar is their biggest rival. “Out of all of the teams we’ve played, they’ve been our best competition. They are also like a hometown rivalry.”After a game well played, Glenvar came out on top with a score of two to one. “Having fun, encouraging my teammates, and leaving positive energy onto the field are the best attributes to being a good sport and team player.” On behalf of Graham Fischer and the boys soccer team, come out to watch our Wolverines pull out a win!

    Eighth-grade softball player Gabby Vazquez plays outfield and first base for the Andrew Lewis softball team. She enjoys catching line drives and being the next to bat on the field. The Northside Vikings hold the title of our softball team’s biggest rivalry. Both the Wolverines and the Vikings are very competitive and want to take home a victory. This season, the Northside Vikings ending up taking the win with a score of twenty-two to two. As a member of the team and a hard worker, Gabby believes “Holding your head up high even when you lose,” is one of the greatest characteristics of a good sport. Be sure to catch Gabby Vazquez swinging the bat and the rest of the team at the next softball game!

    Girls soccer team member, Zada Craig enjoys the competition and the friendship that comes along with being part of the Andrew Lewis girls soccer team. The team believes the soccer players of Read Mountain Middle School are their most challenging and biggest rivalry. Girls soccer has played Read Mountain twice before, barely losing by the score of two to three, and tying the second game at zero-zero. “Read Mountain brings a high level of skill to the game.” Before playing the Wolverines, RMMS was undefeated until the girls soccer team ended up tying the second game. “Overall, being encouraging, helpful, and supportive of your teammates displays the biggest attribute of a good sport.” Watch midfielder Zada Craig and the rest of the girls soccer team fight for a victory at their next game!

    Our own Wolverine soccer, track, baseball, and softball teams have been performing well and showing growth throughout the season! At the end of the day, playing a sport is all about having fun and enjoying the activity. Although it is never fun to lose, losing can display good sportsmanship and can help strengthen your athletic abilities. The Wolverines also always have next season to prove themselves to their past rivals. Learning from mistakes, strengthening skills, bringing forth good sportsmanship, and having fun are major reasons why our sports teams and players are who they are today. Come out to support our Wolverine soccer, track, baseball, and softball teams as we gradually find our way to victory!

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