WHHS is home to many sports teams, one of which is the junior high soccer team. Each year the team gets ready to take down any competitors in their path and works hard to do better than the year before.
Through conditioning, weight lifting and practicing the footwork that goes into getting past the competition, the WHHS junior high soccer team sticks together as a family. Through the ups and downs of a player’s bad practice or a team’s loss, the Eagles find a way to be supportive and cheer the team on as if they were one of their own.
Many players such as Thomas Sumanas, ‘25, get their inspiration from their team. When Sumanas is having a bad game or practice, his teammates stand by him and help him through it.
“If one player gets the ball and shoots, but misses, it is not his fault but it is the teams fault for not helping him out,” Codi Donaldson, ‘24, said. Donaldson believes that the whole team has to work together in order to succeed. You have to work with yourself and others and strive to do better together.
But with all the support of a team, you also have to be supportive of yourself. “The only person that you can be better than is the person you were yesterday,” Jorga Wilkerson, ‘24, said. Wilkerson believes that balance and mental health are one of the most important things that you must achieve before you can do great on the field.
A players mentality is one of their biggest competitions. Self doubt can impact a player tremendously while on the field. Lauren Staley, ‘25, remembers this through the mistakes and problems she faces on a daily basis. “Never give up and always try. Things always seem hard until you finish them,” Staley said.
With all the support and guidance the junior high soccer team gets, the season ahead looks as though it could be one of the best yet. For more information about the team, practices, games or any other questions you may have, check out the WHHS website in the athletics section for all the answers.