As fall sports are coming into action, teams are finally breaking into Varsity and JV teams. It’s a rare occurrence to have a new freshman joining Varsity at the start of the season.
Of 10 fall sports with upper teams, only four Varsity teams have freshmen on them.
Traditionally, Varsity teams consist mainly of upperclassmen, so when freshmen make the cut it’s always something different.
Freshman Amelia Lumley has played field hockey since sixth grade and made Varsity her first year of high school
“I didn’t really [expect to make Varsity] just because underclassmen don’t usually make Varsity or higher teams, but I kind of really thought. . . I’m not sure,” Lumley said about whether she anticipated making a higher team.
Like other athletes freshmen face obstacles. Sophomore Emerson Lack has run Varsity cross country since his freshman year. The obstacles he faced while running were an injury and the expected rigor.
“At the end of the season I got injured, and the workouts are pretty tough so that’s always an obstacle,” Lack said.
Another issue these freshmen may face is feeling out of place being the only freshman on a team of primarily upperclassmen.
“I feel like since being a freshman, it’s all like they focus on more of the upperclassmen, but I also do get a good chance of being on the team so I enjoy it,” freshman Mary Travers, who plays Varsity volleyball, said.
This is Jaden Fields’ first year on with Echo publications, but she took journalism the year prior. She’s very excited for what the year will bring.