Julian Lopez ‘19 has been playing baseball for 8 years. He played his freshman year and plans on continuing throughout high school. “I’m interested in playing for ferris state university” he said. He started playing baseball because he’s always had a passion to play. He likes playing first base because he likes the big plays that are made. Julian says “My least favorite is catcher because I hate squatting.” What he likes most about playing is the defense and fielding he does. To prepare for every up coming baseball seasons he attends off season training camps. He thinks the most challenging thing about school baseball is keeping there heads in the game. This baseball season he thinks they’ll do great.
Celine Murphy has a love for soccer like no other. Celine likes being outdoors a lot and playing soccer makes it even better! She loves being surrounded by the positive people on her team. Celine has been playing soccer for six years and plans on playing threw out the rest of her high school year. Celine thinks the PH soccer team will do very well as long as they all keep a good friendship and have good sportsmanship like they do now throughout the rest of the season. Her favorite part is that she has been able to be apart of the team and participate in soccer every year. Celine favorite position is forward, it's also her position on the field during games. The challenges Celine faces during soccer season is at some point threw the season she ends up getting injured but she tries to push through it the best she can so she can be on the field to help & support her team. What inspires Celine to work harder is all her role models and people she looks up to they remind her to never give up and to always try her best because there is always a good outcome in the end when you give it your all. Celine balances school and sports by staying focused on her education than soccer. She doesn't have a job because she wouldn't have time for all three tasks in one day. Celine says it would be a dream of hers to get a scholarship for soccer but she doesn't plan on getting one. Celine says this year she is really satisfied with the JV soccer team this year. She loves the fact that they all get along great and there is no arguing or hate on their team, they are getting closer and closer as the season goes on and becoming more as one unite.
Shala Sherlock 19’ has been playing softball for 8 years. She takes on whatever the coaches throw at her while she is practicing on the field. Shala plays 1st and 3rd base. “I enjoy the plays at third and the positive energy of getting the runner out at first” she said. “I joined softball because my brother got me interested and my whole family played at the time. I was old enough to play. I tried it and played ever since.”
Shala tries to stay in shape and tries not to eat a lot of junk food and still try to stay active while out of season. “My goal for the season is to try my best and try for some home runs.” “The coaches are looking for good sportsmanship, good footwork, and hard workers” Shala said. What Shala likes most about the team is how the team can be one big family and the positive energy of the team cheering or just the energy in the game when someone makes a good play.
“My goal is to make it as far as I can go” says Kyle Brockitt ‘18. He plans to push himself this season and make it as far as he can possibly go. So far he has gone 5:1. In fact, last Saturday, December 10th he placed 1st at the Sterling Heights Stallion Tournament for his weight class. Brockitt’s first loss was a turning point in his wrestling career. The defeat made him realize he needed to push harder to be better. With the single leg as his takedown and a go to pinning combination for the cradle, Brockitt plans to reach farther than high school with wrestling. Kyle Brockitt has been wrestling since 7th grade but to him it’s more than just a sport, “ to me wrestling is like a lifestyle. It's hard to explain but it builds me into something I want to be.” Growing up as troubled kid in wrestling he found himself. It motivates him to do better not only on the mat, but in school. Wrestling at Port Huron made him better, “It built me into a stronger person.” Brockitt is a prime Port Huron success story, making the best out of situations and pushing to be better.
Are you wondering how this Hockey season is going? Christian Kovach ‘19 and Mason Hudson ‘19 are members of the 2016/2017 Hockey team. The guys shared a variety of responses when asked about their season so far. Both players shared that their favorite part about being on the team is the positive team spirit and dedication in each of their teammates. Being able to detect dedication in their teammates is important to them because it ensures them that the team shares their same mindset. Although the hockey team has been struggling for a win, their scores do not define them as players. Instead, it’s their effort, attitude, and passion that does just that. Chris and Mason both share that their team is disappointed after a loss, but they don’t let that affect their performance. A loss inspires them to work even harder at the next practice. Chris shares that hockey is his release, he uses the sport to clear his mind. Mason shares that hockey is his passion, he possesses a strong love for the game. Mason and Chris continue to express zeal towards the game, that they have been devoted to for many years. They continue to cherish their last couple years as members of their Big Red Hockey career.
Jenna Mix ‘17, Senior on the Port Huron High School varsity bowling team says that she loves to bowl and is very glad to be on the team. “I started bowling last year, my Junior year, I had been around some of my friends and that had wanted me to try out, it seemed interesting and lots of fun to me.”. She said that she had big goals for this season, also. Jenna had stated “My goals for this season are to bowl my new hit game and win as many games as I can. I have to try to do my absolute best.” Her highest game is 143 and her highest series is about 255. “When I bowl, I try to just stay relaxed and do my absolute best to stay focused on the game. Sometimes it is hard to stay focused, all of us girls just have so much fun, we’re like a small little family.” She had stated, “In my bowling bag I have my shoes, a pair of fuzzy socks, my towel, Ez slide, my bow and of course my ball.” People wanted to know how she felt about her coach, she had a very positive answer, “My coaches have a big impact on how I bowl and my attitude towards the game, I love coach Terri she is always in a good mood and treats us like family, just like we’re her own daughters.”. We were wondering how much of a commitment it is to be on the team and she had said, “To be on the team you have to keep your grades up, be at all of the practices(on time), have a good attitude to better yourself and the girls around you and participate in some of the volunteer/fundraisers that we put together to keep our team afloat.”
It’s finally here that time when football ends and hockey begins but there's more winter sports than just hockey. Kaley Wagner was 4 years old when she started gymnastics she decided to start gymnastics because she says “I was born into it and it’s very athletic and fun.”
The things she likes best about school gymnastics is that she gets to compete across all of michigan and the team has a lot of girls. Gymnastics takes a lot of skills and it could take a day or years just to get a certain skill down and perfect. Kaley believes her best skill is bars which is also her favorite event because “it takes a lot of your skills” she says. She thinks gymnastics is one of the hardest sports there is to do.
Tyler Herman ‘19 runs on the the Cross Country team for Port Huron High.
Tyler feels upset over the fact that this race was the last of this year, because he will miss being with his team and constantly running. After cross country ends, Herman plans on participating in powerlifting and track to stay in shape until cross country starts up again next season.
Herman said at regionals, “I had a lot of fun with the team. The other teams put up a big challenge for us.” As Herman was crossing the finish line he said he felt “death in its final form.” When the season is going from beginning to end, Herman says when preparing to race stretching is his go to, but that athletes cannot forget to eat and stay hydrated. Lastly, he also stresses that “being mentally prepared is important too.” Overall, Herman held a solid personal record throughout the season.
Joseph Myers is a captain on the Port Huron Big Red tennis team. Leadership plays a big role in his image. Myers has played tennis for three years and continues to grow each year he plays. His accomplishments in high school tennis have led to him being recruited by numerous colleges. When asked what is the key to winning having a mental aspect of knowing what you're going to do on your next shot, being well conditioned., and footwork is important. Myers is very competitive on the court. To prepare for a match, Myers reads books on how to control his mind to keep him calm, and he works out. He also practices on shadow ground strokes and hops up and down to get blood flowing. So far this season Myers has excelled at a high level to start off the season at a 3- 1 record. With a start like that he is on pace to reach states again for the second year consecutively.
Isaac Bonner ’19 is on his second year on the cross country team. He believes that cross country is not only a sport but a community where every team pushes each other to do their best. “It’s not as much as competing with other schools it’s more about competing with ourselves to beat our personal records and continue to get better at what we do.” However it is still extremely competitive sport. When asked what motivates him to run he replied that he wants to beat his sister. While all of his family runs he still believes that it is more of a friendly competition between all of his siblings. He even stated “No one expects us to beat Rachel.” even as this is what motivates him to continue running each day and to continue to strive to make themselves better they know that it isn’t expected but they want to get better and become as good as she was.