Summer time has time for vacation and taking a break before school starts in earnest in August.
For some students, there will be other opportunities like Speed and Strength camp through June and July.
Then you have athletes that just keep playing with select teams to get game competition in their favorite sports to acquire more repetition and experience as four Hawk girls did in Soccer.
Rachel Bennett, Ashley Fouse, Kaitlyn White, and Brandi Schimonsky competed last weekend in the 3v3 Live Under the Lights Tournament in San Antonio.
The foursome placed 3rd in the High School/Female Adult division.
“They did amazing,” Head Soccer Coach Ryan Tierney said excitedly. “This means the world to me as a coach, I love seeing individual athletes working hard in the off-season trying to improve upon their skills, speed, and strength.”
Coach Tierney was not finished, “As a coach, it makes me excited about the upcoming season and I cannot wait to see how those individuals who worked so hard are capable of.”
“I enjoyed getting to bond with part of my team more in preparation for the coming season,” Centerback Kaitlyn White said. “ And I liked just the experience of competing with them outside of school ball.”
White will be a senior on this next year’s Hawk Soccer team and is coming off with a Second Team All-District honor after last season.
Rachel Bennett also shared her experience, “I believe these competitions help us stay in shape and keep our mind focused on the right things for the up-coming season.”
Bennett will be a Junior this coming season and this Center Midfield player was honored with a First Team All-District award after the season.
When asked how events like this will translate for the season in January, Coach Tierney said, “I have found that there is a direct correlation between these type of events and success on the soccer field.”
“It always seems that the athlete who does camps, tournaments, or just consistently plays the game or workout over the summers always comes into the new school year ahead of the rest. I have noticed those athletes seem to be the ones that make the difference in some way or another when the season roles around as well.”
Congratulations Ladies and the Hawk Nation will look forward to seeing you compete this coming school year.