Athletes “spring” into conditioning

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Natalee Demoure, 11, lifts weights during Weights & Conditioning on Jan. 19. Many athletes, like Demoure, have been training since early January in order to play well this season. Photo by G. Buckner

by Gabby Buckner

With the spring season approaches right around the corner, South students have been conditioning multiple times a week to get in shape. Girls’ soccer team members have been training since Jan. 4, and other teams like baseball and softball started the following week.

“On Mondays we work on distance, Wednesdays are speed days and on Fridays we practice both,” soccer player Madi Adams, 10, said. “We also run as a team and do stations.”

Even though the teams practice together, athletes also prepare on their own for the upcoming season.

“I have been going to weekend batting to practice my batting skills and get better for tryouts and for the season,” baseball player Forrest Weinheimer, 11, said.

Each teams is working to increase their skill levels in hopes of having a successful season.

“We run the mile a lot,” softball player Ali Mapes, 12, said. “We lift weights afterwards to strengthen our arm muscles. Hopefully by the time the season starts, we will be in good shape and ready to play.”

Natalee Demoure, 11, lifts weights during Weights & Conditioning on Jan. 19. Many athletes, like Demoure, have been training since early January in order to play well this season. Photo by G. Buckner