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Boys’ Soccer Practices Make Perfect

The Staples boys’ soccer team has been prepared all year, especially when it comes to working out.

During practice, the players work on  defense, shooting, and other team skills. Their favorite drills are called “Team Trains the Keeper” and “Shoot the Moon,” which is when the team splits up into four groups and has to score in different ways from different positions on the field.

According to coach Dan Woog, “Doing the same thing before every game helps establish continuity and a certain comfort level.”

“Talent is always helpful, but it’s nothing compared to hard work,” Sebo Hood ’14 said.

After all of this hard work and practice, it wouldn’t be a team without team chemistry.

The players bond at practice, pasta dinners, dinners on their own, and hanging out on weekends. Evidently, bonding and eating go together very well.

Even in the summer, the returning varsity players went on a trip to New Hampshire.

When all of this team building and hard practices are over, it all comes down to the game. After preparing physically every day for two hours at practice, this is the time to ponder and mentally get ready.

Before every home game, the players meet in the baseball dugout near third base and strategize for the game while looking out at Loeffler Field.

“From that point on, it’s all focus, and this is crucial for our success. It’s also all about coverting nerves into excitement and readiness to play,” co-captain Diego Alanis ’14 said.

Of course, how could you get pumped up without music?

“Charlie Leonard ’14 and I like to listen to Frank Sinatra before our home games,” Connor Weiler ’14 said.

However, once the practices start, all headphones are off.

“Every player is different, so we respect each player’s pre-game preparation,” Woog said. “But we want players interacting with each other from that point.”

All of these efforts combined result in a solid team.

“No one can do it for you. You have to put in the work yourself in order to reap the benefits,” Sebo said.

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Kelsey Shockey, Web Sports Editor
Though she may flaunt skirts and cardigans in every hue of pink, Kelsey Shockey’s ’14 girly presence is not to be misconstrued. The Staples Senior’s true passion is sports. Since the age of five, Shockey has devoted herself to playing tennis year round. Currently a member of the girls’ varsity team, Shockey hopes to pursue the sport in college. “I love tennis because it is like performing on a stage and the spotlight is on you,” Shockey said. However, Shockey isn’t just getting attention on the courts. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the Staples Television Network (STN), providing coverage for sports events. “I was never a great speaker in middle school or elementary school because I was so shy. But now I’ve come out of my shell,” Shockey said. “STN changed everything.” Dreaming of one day gracing national television, she hopes to study communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Combining her love for sports and communications, it’s no wonder that Shockey is a perfect fit as one of Inkling’s Web Sports Editors. Full of exuberance and enthusiasm, she loves that she can “connect with people” through her writing. Shockey’s proudest work is “Explosion at Boston Marathon,” the first breaking news story she has ever written for Inklings. With a strong work ethic as well as a flare for sports and broadcasting, Shockey is sure to be a valuable addition to this year’s Inklings staff.

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