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Athletes Spring Into Action

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The coming of spring means warmer weather and the chance for Lake Shore Athletes to participate in spring sports. Six sports are offered at Lake Shore High School for the spring season. These include baseball, Boys’ golf, Girls’ Soccer, Lacrosse, Softball, and Track and Field.

As Spring conditioning and the sports get underway, athletes from two of six sports teams reflect on their previous high school sports experiences and look forward to their 2023-2024 season.

Dante Messina, senior, and member of the Lake Shore High School Baseball team, said, “My personal goals for this baseball season are for one to hit over a 400 batting average, and have at least one no-hitter. I’m sure there are many guys on my team that are striving for this goal as well.”

This is important to an athlete, as establishing goals can help the athlete focus more on their season, and when the season concludes, they can look back on their accomplishments and see if they accomplished their goals.

Reece Dryval, junior, and member of the Lake Shore High School golf team said, “My goal is to make the state finals.”

If you establish goals, at the end of the season, you can reflect on those goals, and then you can determine what you will do if you want to improve in your sport for the next season.

Messina said, “I see a leadership role being a returning player, when most of the team, being juniors, has not been on varsity in the past.”

Being a leader on a team, especially if that team is competing on a big stage, is vital. This is because if there is a good leader on the team, the athletes will be motivated to perform at their best to succeed.

Dryval said, “As a returning member, I was named the captain and I am a figure for the underclassmen to look up to.”

This is a crucial mindset to have, as most of the underclassmen are new to the world of high school sporting competitions.

While being an athlete is important, it is also important to consider the personal connection between the athlete and the sport they are playing, especially if it’s competitive. The athlete ends up representing themself in a national tournament.

Messina said, “I think I’ve grown a lot with Lake Shore, my coaches are all amazing and they’ve turned me into a player I definitely would not be without them.”

Good team chemistry is vital, especially if the team is only a few games away from a major victory. This can also help emotionally, if someone gets down after a bad play, then the team can console them, and knowing that the member has the team by their side can help tremendously.

Dryval said, “Being a Lake Shore athlete has made me develop into a more mature [person] and made me become a better athlete.”

This is vital to being a better athlete and a better person in general because maturity both inside and outside of sports is vital. This is especially important if you encounter some trouble during your sport, like an argument on how to settle a certain problem, then the veterans of the team can step in and help.

The athletes then consider their connection to their school, both on and off the field.

Messina said, “Representing Lake Shore means a lot to me on the field because we want to win obviously but off the field as well because my team is like my family so it’s like I’m a representation of my own family.”

Good sportsmanship is important as it can teach you some basic manners, and how to deal with certain situations.

Dryval said, “Representing Lake Shore is a great honor. Knowing that I represent our whole school for my sport gives me some confidence.”

This is very important as having confidence when you enter a major competition in the sport could rub off on the team, and that could lead to that team winning many major tournaments.

The two Lake Shore High School athletes then look into their future as athletes.

Messina said, “I will play collegiate baseball after high school, and I will make sure I play it at the highest level by doing my best this season.”

If you’re going to any higher level of sports, you’ll need to have a good resume. For example, if you’re going into the world of collegiate baseball, you’ll need to have a good resume. This will allow you to stand out to the colleges and look appealing.

Dryval said, “Because of how well I am doing in my sport I’m already talking to colleges for bowling. Hopefully, my senior year will finish out good then I will decide my path.”

This is crucial because if you’re looking for a way to take your sporting career to the next level, then looking into collegiate sports is a good gateway into that, because if it goes well, then you could look forward to elevating your sporting career to the next level.

In summary, regardless of your sport, if you have a passion for it and work for it, that passion will flourish, and it could evolve into something big.

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Michael Roda, Staff Writer
Hello, My name is Michael Roda, I’m 18 years old, and in my senior year at Lake Shore High School. My top 2 hobbies are the following, #1, making music on my 2 acoustic guitars, and my ukulele, and writing stories. In fact, in the 83 days that elapsed from Friday, June 16th, 2023, to the 1st day of school, Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, I wrote 8 different novels. These novels include The Bowling Bonanza, The Secluded Species, Velocity: Unleashing The Jet-Powered Revolution, Mental Madness, Bowling For The Ages, The Scarring Story, The Sneaky Swordsmith, and The Gruesome Game. All of these novels differ in length. The Bowling Bonanza was 19 pages long, The Secluded Species was 12 pages long, Velocity: Unleashing The Jet-Powered Revolution was 15 pages long, Mental Madness was 16 pages long, Bowling For The Ages was 17 pages long, The Scarring Scar was 12 pages long, The Stealthy Swordsmith was 13 pages long, and The Gruesome Game was 14 pages long. This is my second Summer break in a row, where I’ve been writing novels. In fact, during the 83 days that elapsed during Summer break 2022, which spanned from Friday, June 17th, 2022, to the 1st day of school of the 2022-2023 school year, Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, I wrote 10 different novels, Ice Age #2, The Deep Freeze, Late, Natural Disasters, The Dream Decimator, Police Pandemonium, The 30th Anniversary, The Dramatic Drift (which I worked on with fellow senior Nathan Smith), The Great Fire, The Mythical Music Festival, The Supercar Showdown, YouTuber Edition, and The Zombie Apocalypse, Mankind's Final Frontier. Like the novels I mentioned earlier, all 10 of these novels varied in length. Ice Age #2, The Deep Freeze was 12 pages long, Late was 15 pages long, Natural Disasters, The Dream Decimator was 17 pages long, Police Pandemonium was 14 pages long, The 30th Anniversary was 9 pages long, The Dramatic Drift was 70 pages long, The Great Fire was 36 pages long, The Mythical Music Festival was 16 pages long, The Supercar Showdown, YouTuber Edition was 14 pages long, and The Zombie Apocalypse, Mankind's Final Frontier was 13 pages long. All of this novel writing, sparked when I was in the Writers’ Club in my 7th and 8th grade years, the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 LSPS school years, where I wrote 6 different novels. These novels include An Alarming Automotive Accident, Discovery (which was a 2-parter), The Supercar Showdown, and Speed, (which like Discovery was a 2-parter). All 6 of these novels, like the 17 novels mentioned earlier, differed in length. An Alarming Automotive Accident was 4 pages long, Discovery (which was a 2-parter), was in total, 8 pages long, with part 1 being 3 pages long, and part 2 being 5 pages long, The Supercar Showdown was 7 pages long, and Speed, (which like Discovery was a 2-parter), was in total, 8 pages long, with part 1 being 3 pages long, and part 2 being 6 pages long. All of these activities, however, were during my free time. In the intervening time between writing novels, and making music, during the 3 years of middle school, I didn’t have anything going on, until I got into my high school years, where I had 2 other activities occurring. The 1st came 1 week after school got out, on Thursday, June 22nd, and spanned to Sunday, June 25th, 2023. It was a leadership conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing, known as MYLead, which is an acronym for Michigan Youth Leadership. It was at this conference that I was working behind the scenes, as a Logistics Intern (LI). This was my 2nd year at Michigan State University, as I also attended last year from Friday, June 24th, 2022, to Sunday, June 26th, 2022, as a Young Leader (YL). Then, 15 days after the 2023 MYLead conference, on Monday, July 10th, 2023, I began working as a store worker at Great Lakes ACE Hardware, which spanned over 24 days, 4 days a week, for 6 weeks. This spanned from Monday, July 10th, 2023, to Thursday, August 17th, 2023, where I was working from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. This is my 2nd year working, as I worked at Big Lots last year, from Monday, July 11th, 2022, to Thursday, August 18th, 2022. After the 2023 program concluded, I earned $1,045.35. This is $68.11 more than I earned last year, as when I worked at Big Lots, I was working during the same timeframe, from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M, and I managed to earn $977.24. However, this work wasn’t the traditional job, where you go in for an interview. This was through Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) (Gesher Human Services), which is a non-profit organization, which is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. These totals were because while I was in this program over the last two Summers, I was getting paid minimum wage, which was $9.87/hour in 2022, and this increased to $10.10/hour in 2023. My goals after high school are to build up enough money, buy a 1.1-acre piece of land, and build my 3-story, 38,383ft2 dream house. After I pay off that house, I would then travel to my local Lexus dealer, and then purchase my dream car, a 2022 Lexus LS.

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