As the seasons change, spring sports have already begun at Wesleyan. The spring sports offered are lacrosse, soccer, tennis, golf, baseball and track. Before the season began, all the teams had pre-season workouts with Strength and Conditioning Coach Dustin Wolf. After pre-season workouts, students were to try out for their desired sport. Every day after school, you will find students participating in their sports at the stadium, lake field, tennis courts and baseball field.
The varsity girls’ soccer team began their season with a scrimmage against Prince Avenue on Jan. 31. The first official game was against Whitefield on Feb. 8. The girls had a victorious win against them with a score of 7-0. Junior Lucy Mitchell said, “I am looking forward to getting close to my team. It is really fun to get to know people in other grades and soccer is the perfect opportunity to interact with under and upper classmen.”
Like the girls’ soccer team, the boys’ soccer team also had a victorious start into their season as they defeated Whitefield in their first game 3-1. Senior George Doane said, “My favorite part of soccer is running around and having fun with a great group of guys. Before games on Friday, we go over to the Coxhead’s house to eat dinner and play Scattergories. It is super fun.”
The baseball team also invests several hours after school practicing their baseball skills. The varsity baseball team is coached by Brian Krehmeyer and his assistant, Michael Mann. The baseball team won their first game 12-0 against St. Francis on Feb. 13.
Sophomore James McCoy said, “I enjoy every part about being on the baseball team. The team chemistry is amazing as we work hard together to push each other even more. Not only can we do this with each other, but we can also have fun doing so.”
After school, you will find the varsity tennis teams practicing on the Strickland Curley Courts. The boy’s tennis team is made up of two seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and one freshman. The girls’ tennis team is made up of three seniors, one junior, five sophomores and four freshmen. Senior David Anderson said, “I think the tennis team has a good chance to do really well in the state tournament this year.” Freshman Katherine Scott said, “I really love the team and Coach Sykes is a really good coach.”
Meanwhile, the boys’ lacrosse team is made up of six seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores and six freshmen. The boys began their season on Feb. 23 against St. Pius X. Senior Davis Chapman said, “I really like how we bond as a team. We joke around, but we also get serious when we need to be.”
The boys’ lacrosse coach, Lee Rider, said, “Our goal this year is to improve game by game and be the best team that we can be. We ultimately would like to defend our Gannon Cup Trophy and make the state playoffs.”
The varsity girls’ lacrosse team started off their season by spending a weekend on a retreat to get to know each other better and strengthen friendships. The girls started their season with their first game against Blessed Trinity.
Senior Lauren Oakes said, “This year, the seniors make up half of the lacrosse team which makes this team special since we have all been playing together for years. We are working really hard to achieve those goals.”
The boys’ and girls’ varsity golf teams spend their time practicing outside of Wesleyan campus. The head coach for the boys’ golf team, Andy Free, said, “I enjoy the excitement and hope for a new season and the chance to get the team back together again. I really enjoy being around the guys and look forward to sharing some remarkable times together on and off the course.”
The girls’ golf team is coached by Cameron Alexander and assistant coach, Ryan Hodges. Senior Laura Von Bargen said, “I am excited for this new season. I love the laid-back environment and I am excited to spend time with the team.”
Other students joined the track and field team to run or pole vault. Senior Hannah Sterling said, “The track team is full of cool new people who I normally would not talk to. I also love that the coaches always push us to become better whether that be sprinting drills that push you to the limit or through core workouts.”
Head Track & Field coach Candler Baxley said, “We are hoping this year’s track team has fun, works hard, continues to improve and is competitive at both the area and state meets.”
This is the final sport season of the 2018-2019 school year. Make sure to check the Wesleyan website for game times to support the Wolves and the activities they are involved in.