The senior summer

By: 
Avery Chick, NLJ Correspondent

High school athletics have much in store for anyone who partakes in them. Whether it be the camaraderie that you gain from team sports or the lessons you learn from individual ones, high school athletics has something to offer everyone. Every coach I’ve ever had has always told me that accolades aren’t the important part, that the success of the team should always come first, no matter what. 

While they have all been correct in saying that, no one ever said that a little nod here and there wouldn’t be nice. 

I’ve experienced what it feels like to earn an all-conference title by myself through cross-country, and got all-conference by placing in the top 10 at the regional meet my junior year. That was one of the best parts of my high school athletic career, but until this year a postseason award in a team sport eluded me. 

This year, I was selected to the all-conference team for the first time in my soccer career, along with one other athlete from Newcastle on the girl’s side, Gabby McVay. 

Not only was I given that post-season award, but I was also selected to the all-star team. The all-star team is made up of 26 senior athletes around the state, both 3A and 4A, that a committee felt had displayed an exceptional season and career. The selected athletes then participated in a scrimmage. Two other Dogies also received the honor of being selected to the all-star team. They were LaKacee Lipp, the Lady Dogie defender, and Angelyse Perez, the Lady Dogie goalie.

All three of us will be heading to Gillette on June 16 to participate in the soccer All-Star Weekend,” but I can say that in many ways our other teammates will be going with us. To end my soccer career of almost 13 years this way is unmatched because I was fortunate to have a team that helped me each and every step of the way throughout my career. My defense wouldn’t be nearly as good without the help of my coaches, the support of the rest of my defensive line and, most importantly, the future Central Wyoming College goalie, Hayden Overman.

The scrimmage will take place at Thunder Basin High School in Gillette, at noon on June 18. Lipp and Perez will be playing two hours before that at the same location at 10 a.m. If you would like to keep following the athletes of the graduating class of 2022, you’ll be able to find Lipp in Powell playing soccer for the Trappers, and I will be continuing my athletic and academic careers in Campbellsville, Kentucky, playing volleyball. 

Now I also plan on walking on to the soccer team as a Tiger!

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