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Fall sports are way too short

Photo by Chase Gornbein

To most, fall is the best season of the year because of the crisp air, the change in the color of the leaves and the football season is in full swing.

However, to students participating in fall sports at Staples High School, they’re not so fond of it since the season is significantly shorter than the winter and spring seasons by a few weeks.

Right now, all teams are well into their championship season. In fact, FCIACs have already happened for both the girls’ and boys’ cross country team.

With the state meet coming up this weekend, the season will be over before you know it. According to co-captain, Peter Elkind ’14, “It’s kind of unfortunate if your favorite sport takes place in the fall because you don’t get a lot of time to play.”

Varsity football gets their fair share of time. The Wreckers’ season began on September 11th, and their regular season ends on Thanksgiving.

But depending on how far the team goes into the state playoffs, their season can end as late as December 10th. Co-Captain, Patrick Lesch ’14, believes the length of the football season is perfect.

“I think the length of our season is pretty good. There isn’t much room on either end for us to extend it,” Lesch said.

The girls’ varsity field hockey team has grown accustomed to having a shorter season.

“It’s hard to say how the shorter season has impacted our practices because it’s what we’re used to,” co-captain Meghan Fox ’14 said. “Of course, there is a lot of motivation to make it to states and FCIACs and making it to either one makes the season longer,” Fox ’14 said.

The girls’ varsity volleyball team’s season spans for less than two months, beginning on September 7th, and ending on October 26th.

Co- Captain, Lauren Mushro’14, was actually unaware of the shortage in the length of the fall sport season. “I didn’t even know that our seasons were shorter,” Mushro said.

It is believed by nearly all of athletes who participate in a fall sport that their seasons should be longer. Not only is it more fun to play games, but rather to be a part of the team.

Mushro  could not have put it any better, “I would always love more time to play with my team and teammates because I love them.”

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Chase Gornbein, Staff Writer

Chase Gornbein ’16 is always looking to push and challenge himself. He likes to test his mental and physical strength whenever possible.

Usually, Gornbein finds his fill of thrill in taking his running to the next level on the track (like with his unreal under-five-minute best mile time). Not only does he enjoy the difficulty of running, but the relaxation it brings along as well.

“I enjoy running because I have the ability to release all of my emotions and let it out on the track,” Gornbein said.

Another way that Gornbein has recently decided to do this is by writing for Inklings. He compares letting his emotions out by running to letting off steam by writing, the only difference being that the track has become the pad of paper.

“I always loved reading the school paper and thought it’d be a really unique experience to try writing for it,” he said.

Although this is his first year as an official Staff Writer, his career actually debuted last year with a story about a Staples student auditioning for “The Voice.”

        Although he started simple, Gornbein’s big dream is to be a journalist for the New York Times.

He hopes that the skills he has developed through challenging himself in running will carry into his writing.

For example, Gornbein says that the discipline he has acquired from running has helped him to “stick to a structure and be organized” in writing. He hopes that his mastered discipline will work to his advantage in someday obtaining a job writing for the New York Times.


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