Dylan Thorn is an offensive and defensive lineman for the Desert High School football team. I asked Dylan, if he was surprised that not a lot of boys signed up for football this season. He responded with, “not surprised at all because the former head coach left, most of the former players had switched schools, mainly seniors.” Dylan thinks having a smaller team definitely has its pros and cons sometimes. A pro being everyone gets more playing time than past years regardless of skill. A con being if a player gets injured then the other players have to be careful not to get injured also.
In Dylan’s opinion the team could definitely improve by taking practice more seriously than they normally do, pay more attention, and realize that football isn’t just one person playing it’s about the team working together and doing the best they can. I asked Dylan if the coaching is different with the new coach and do you guys still do the same thing. Dylan replied, “the coaching is similar, we have one of our old coaches as our head coach so we do similar plays and exercises”. Dylan doesn’t think the season would have been different if they had more players but, perhaps if the other players put in more work into the game.
His favorite thing about football is the contact, it’s a great feeling when you nail another player and they completely collapse. Playing football in high school is where Dylan wants to leave it, he doesn’t want to pursue the football life going into college. Even though he loves the sport and enjoys bonding with the guys. Dylan wants to do something that will do good towards his country.
To start off Cross Country exists, it is a sport where the participant will run a three mile or three point one mile race. The team run all over the place but they stretch and warm up on the, or by the practice field.
The team will accept new people to the fun but brutal sport. So if you want to run with them go to the practice field by 3:15 in running clothes and shoes, be ready to train.
You should join Cross Country because you could make some friends and be happier with the newer fitter you. Some people you could become friends with are Caleb, Brecken, Dylan, and Devina. All of them are led by our two coaches Coach Phil, and Coach Perry.
Caleb says to all people wishing to join, “Cross Country is a fun sport.” This shows you that even the athlete who pushes their body to the limit can still have fun in the exciting, and beautiful sport.
Join us this season and Go scorpions.
With several students participating in the wrestling preseason going on, anticipation for the first tournament is high. Currently, 5 members go to the track after school to practice endurance and raise their cardio, as well as work out in the weight room to get stronger, in preparation for the season. We surveyed 2 of the 5 wrestlers and their answers were very interesting.
One wrestler, Matthew Valdez, described his previous wrestling season as “litty”, and he said he would do it over and over again. He is very excited about preseason starting, he entails, “It is increasingly difficult everyday, but I am getting stronger and faster each day”. He cannot wait to, “Destroy people on the mat”, when wrestling preseason is over.
Another veteran wrestler, Leaaron Santos, has wrestled for 4 years now and aspiring to go to state this year. He describes his previous wrestling season as “buffening” and he has grown 10x stronger. His goals for this upcoming wrestling season is to, “Give every other school the ‘donk’ “, which means he will get a win every match and all the other schools will lose to him. When asked why he believes not too many people wrestle, he responded with “I guess some people can’t handle the intensity of the sport, they might be intimidated”.
The team is confident in the ability of themselves and their coaches. So with morale high and practices already tough, it’s looking like a good season for the boys and girls in the Desert wrestling team!