Right now, it is probably the seniors in the affected region that their high school athletic career has ended.
But before letting them escape, we randomly selected several seniors to share the best advice they received during their play days to pass on to the subclasses. This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve done this and here’s what they have to say.
Cal Lambert (Victor soccer, football, lacrosse and hockey)
“First of all, you don’t need a C on your chest to be a leader. Everyone thinks that because they’re not a “captain” that means they can’t talk, fire guys, or even just be someone other guys look up to. Another thing is to look through the microscope and not the telescope. It means taking one day at a time and not looking past an opponent. So many times people worry about the big game at the end of the season, but in reality they should be worried about the next game they get. It will also help you make the most of every moment you have because time flies. ”
Lambert will attend Army West Point in the fall and play lacrosse.
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Hallie Johnson (Canadian football)
“Do what you love to do regardless of the opinions of others. The most important thing is your health, mentally and physically, and your happiness. Be yourself, and if you don’t know who it is yet, you’ll find out soon.
Johnson will go to Allegheny College in the fall to major in neuroscience and play football.
Liv Caspersson (Bloomfield Football, Basketball, Volleyball)
“My advice to all high school students would be to always try new things, especially throughout high school. I know it’s hard not to let other people’s opinions get in your way, but if you can get past what other people think, you should really push yourself to take risks and try new things. For example, try a new sport you’ve never learned before beyond gym class. I tried volleyball for the first time this year and ended up loving it; sport and my teammates! So always try something different because you will never know what you might learn from it.
Caspersson will attend RIT this fall and hopes to participate in the exchange program in Spain.
Jackson Nieman (Canandaigua football and lacrosse)
“My advice to my younger teammates would be to remember that mental toughness is everything for an athlete. This is the deciding factor between the champions and everyone else. Train yourself to be mentally tough.
Nieman will be attending Stevens Tech in the fall to major in business and play lacrosse.
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Kylie Gelabert (Victor soccer and lacrosse)
“Sports in high school will create some of the most memorable moments of your high school career, so enjoy every moment and every feeling because it just goes by way too fast. Thank your coaches and teammates because they are your family and they stay with you through it all. Thank your families for all they do for you and for all their support, and finally leave it all on the ground. Give it your all every time you play, whether it’s a practice or a game, because someday it will be your last outing. Enjoy every moment !! “
Gelabert will attend Cornell University in the fall majoring in communications and playing lacrosse.
Gabby Trippi (Honeyoye Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis)
“The best advice I was given was to enjoy what you do and do what you love. There is nothing worse than making your entire high school career doing something that makes you miserable. If you don’t like sports, try a new one. If you think that dropping a class and taking a new one will make you happier, do it. Life is too short for you not to be happy. Don’t take it too seriously.
Trippi will go to Daemen College in the fall to study physiotherapy
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Cara Walker (football, basketball, indoor track, volleyball and Midlakes lacrosse)
“As I leave my athletic career in high school behind, thinking back to what I learned from sports, it’s beyond what can be expressed, but the most important thing is to always do your best and to leave everything aside because one day it will only be a memory. Play every game like it’s the last and proudly wear this number on the back of your jersey.
Jake Jarosinski (football, basketball and baseball Honeyoye)
“The best advice I can give to struggling students is not to take anything for granted. You only realize what you have when he’s gone. You can still play sports after graduation, but it will never be the same as wearing your high school badge. “
Jarosinski will attend SUNY Oswego in the fall to major in accounting and will continue his asphalt maintenance business with his brother Alex.
Zack Lovejoy (Marcus Whitman football, basketball and lacrosse)
“My advice to subclasses would be to step out of your comfort zone and try new things when you get the chance. High school goes by really fast and you’ll miss out on all of those chances to do something new. If you do something new you might find something you like to do or meet some friends, but if you don’t you can at least say you’ve tried it. “Constantly trying new things will help you adjust later in life, helping you adjust to the different circumstances you may encounter.”
Lovejoy will be going to Nazareth College in the fall to major in nursing and play soccer.
Katie Deatherage (Marcus Whitman football, basketball, lacrosse, cheer)
“My advice to sub-classes is to attend every practice and every game as if it’s the last, because someday it will be. My goal was to come back to every game and hopefully realize that I had left everything I had on the pitch or on the pitch. Also take a look around your teammates, fans and coaches, as they are people who will support you throughout your life. “
Deatherage will attend Keuka College in the ballroom to major in nursing and play basketball.
Grace Seither (Palmyra-Macedonia soccer, basketball, lacrosse)
“Cherish every moment because you never know when it may end. Every little stat counts and works hard for the girl next to you. At the end of the day, you want to look at yourself in the mirror and know that you gave your all. And to my Pal-Mac daughters, I’ll watch you and cheer you on.
Seither will attend Nazareth College in the fall to major in physiotherapy
Jordan Lahue (Marcus Whitman basketball, football, soccer and lacrosse)
“I have learned many lessons that will serve me well for the rest of my life. One piece of advice I would give to underclassmen is to be unique. Be prepared to do something that is out of the ordinary and different from everyone else, and you will get results that are different from everyone. This is true in sport as it is in life.
Lahue will be attending RIT in the fall to study mechanical engineering and play basketball.
Meaghan Gerstner (Naples football, alpine skiing, swimming, softball)
“My biggest advice to subclasses would be to always put in a 100% effort and work towards a goal you set for yourself. It is extremely important to always focus on yourself and clear the distractions around you. Regarding school, I advise you to create relationships with your teachers! You will have much better experiences forging closer ties with your teachers. Finally, always stay one step ahead of your work as homework can add up very quickly, and ALWAYS take any opportunity for extra help, whether it’s extra credit or going after school for work individually with your teacher. This extra initiative will help you excel. I wish you good luck and above all don’t forget to have fun!
Gerstner will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall to study business.
Alea Javorowsky (Palmyra-Macedonian lacrosse)
“My biggest takeaway from Pal-Mac lacrosse is to treat every start at a new half as if the game was 0-0. No matter the score, no matter how big the game is, Coach Burse has always reminded us to keep that mentality, no matter how cliched it may be, it has kept us humble and motivated. Always work hard and work to improve yourself, but remember to have fun and play freely. Coach Burse’s words motivated me to play to my highest potential and work hard to prepare for the next level.
Javorowsky will go to Indianapolis University in the fall to play lacrosse.
Chavez is a sports writer for the Daily Messenger. Contact me at [email protected] or follow me @MPN_bchavez