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National Signing Day & Super Bowl Sunday
February 7th is national signing day, which means that this Wednesday I will be signing informally at the high school. I will also be signing alongside: Hannah Clements who will be attending King University, and Ana Sulentic who will be attending Saint Joseph’s University. We are all very excited to sign and expect a nice turnout. Ana, Hannah, and I are the only senior athletes who are going on to play a sport in college and we all play soccer! The three of us have kept up on each other in our college search and we are all glad to see that we have each found a college that will fit us. Congratulations to both Ana and Hannah, I cannot wait to see where this journey will take us, I wish you both the best as you play throughout the years.
Today is also Super Bowl Sunday! I am not too involved in the NFL but I know enough about rules players and teams to have a good idea on what is going on. I don’t really care much for wins and who loses. But today I will be spending my Sunday at a friends house. Our group of friends are all going to meeting together to watch the football game, enjoy each other’s company, watch commercials, and enjoy really good food. On Super Bowl Sunday I usually spend the day with my family and we’ll order pizza and watch the game but this will be nice change. Thank you all for reading, I hope you all have a wonderful week! Go Mohawks!!!
Settling in and club soccer
1st Semester & Christmas Break!!
The first day of winter is next Thursday, December 21st but I figured this week would be best for me to talk about my favorite things of winter. So here are my favorite things of winter.
Snow: Although, I don’t like the cold as much as I like warm weather. I do enjoy snow, snow is something not everyone can experience and it is something I am glad I can experience. When snow is falling I think it always looks so nice, it brings a relaxing sense to my day. Even a few days after it snows, snow is on the ground. After it snows you can also go play in the snow. I know my friends and I are planning on sledding lots (weather permitting) this winter. With snow also comes the potential snow day!
Sledding: At Madison we have the wonderful “church hill” for those of you who don’t know what the church hill is, I will tell you. The church hill is a very big hill not too far from the school. Atop the hill is a church, hence the name church hill. Every year after it snows, everyone of all ages goes to this hill, some with families, to sled. My friends and always make efforts to go there and sled. It truly is a lot of fun. I have also been to perfect north slopes, which is always fun with friends, but there is also a place in New Paris, Ohio, called Valley’s Edge Snow Tubing. I have went here many times, sometimes with friends, and it has been lots of fun. It is not too popular which is a shame, because it is such a nice place. Although it is nice since it is not a well known place you do not have to worry too much about waiting in long lines.
Christmas Lights: I have always liked Christmas lights. I think it is always fun to put out Christmas lights. I think it is always cool to go look at Christmas lights. Whether big or small any Christmas lights are cool to see. At our house we always string Christmas lights around our trees, and put out an inflatable snowman. This year we finally put out our icicle lights along the edge of our roof. We haven’t done this in a while and I am glad we finally put them out. Lastly, I always liked to go this Christmas light parks and farms to look at Christmas light displays. I think is cool to see all the colors spread across an area for all to see.
Christmas Movies: It seems like during Christmas time I always watch a lot more movies than I usually do. These of course are Christmas movies. I really enjoy watching these movies but I did really enjoy them when I was little. Every Christmas Eve when we were little we use to watch The Polar Express, now that we are older as a family we watch the movie Elf. I am glad we have this family tradition at our house. It is always nice to kick back with your family on Christmas Eve. I know I will have family traditions at my house for Christmas.
Watching my dog play in snow: My dog Koda is a house dog, but she does love to be outside… when it’s warm. For some odd reason when it snows she’ll just run around in the snow bouncing up and down. When my brother and I were smaller we would sled on the hill next to our house and Koda would always race us down the hill and jump on us, or she would try to bite and pull our sleds out from underneath us so she could beat us down the hill. After a while though she’ll want to come inside, and sit next to our warm fireplace.
Thank you all for reading, I’ll be right back here next week!
Thanksgiving and Sports
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My thanksgiving was good. I got to stay home this year while my grandparents came down to visit with us. It really makes for a simple relaxing break. Now that Thanksgiving is over we have all kinds of food in our refrigerator, but more importantly, Christmas is nearing! I have already seen many “Christmas deals” commercials, just like every year around this time, and seeing them puts me in the holiday spirit. I have already seen lots of christmas lights decorating houses and trees. I know tomorrow my father and I plan on putting out lights along our roof and around our trees, as well as our blow up santa clause. I am sure it will not be long before we are going to Light Up Middletown, and other christmas light shows. Hopefully as a family we can go to a big light show this year.
Football season has finally come to a close. It was a great season for the Mohawks. Going to the playoffs was an awesome experience for the entire community. I am very proud of the boys for what they have done. Even though they did not make it to finals they were at least the best of 4 in the entire state! Having a home opener was such a cool experience, with the entire community coming out to support the team, it was something I never saw before. Then traveling around with my fellow students to watch the team was very fun too. All in all I am glad to see so much success in the football team. But now that the football team is no longer playing it is kind of sad to think I will never attend another high school football game, at least as a student. However, basketball season is very close! Just yesterday I saw that the Madison Mohawks Instagram account had posted about the basketball season being right around the corner. With the football season extending longer than ever, basketball season is upon us. I am very excited to see how the basketball team will do this year. I will always be cheering them on from the bleachers. GO MOHAWKS!!
The Football Team
Sunday, October 29th, started my first day of club soccer. Club soccer is very different from Madison High School soccer. About every high school in our area from D1 to D3 only have a few players who understand the technical side of soccer. Once you get to club soccer everyone on each team understands the technical side of soccer. The transition from high school soccer to club is a major one. Everyone on your club team suffers from this lazy play of high school soccer, but everyone has to quickly transition to club soccer. In two weeks I will be traveling south to Raleigh, North Carolina with my new club team to play in a tournament. We do not get much time of break being that my high school season just ended about three weeks ago. But, I am very excited to get my club season rolling and see how my final year of club play will turn out!
I have been playing competitive soccer for as long as I can remember. The competition only gets better, and through each day of practice, so do I. I have been on 7 different clubs, from Dayton to Cincinnati. And I truly have enjoyed each team I’ve been on, and see lots of these players on other clubs. Starting over with a new club is tough, you must leave your old team where all of your friends are, and move to a team where you know no one. Starting over on a new club team means you must start over for an opportunity to be apart of the starting 11. I did like constantly having new people to compete with, I think this was a big factor in what has me the player I am. Nobody in my family has ever played soccer, so at a young age I had to rely on myself and my coaches to get me better. My father told me a few years ago that when I was little and started playing SAY soccer for Madison that he thought it would just be a “phase” and soon I would be playing Baseball just like him. He said he couldn’t watch a single match of soccer without getting bored. But now he trying his best to coach me and give me pointers from what he sees. He can watch professional soccer on TV and not get bored, while also knowing what is going on. I think it is kind of funny how his view of the game of soccer has completely changed. But lastly, if I could give any advice to parents new to the soccer scene who want their kid to be the best player they can be, I would tell you, find a big a big soccer club, one that is well known by lots of people and one that plays at very high soccer tiers. If you do not it will next to impossible to get the A team at a club. Which is very unfortunate for good players whose teams fall apart in their later years. The may not be as close to home as you would like but it is just a sacrifice you must make for your kid.
On Friday, November 3, the football team hosted their very first playoff games home. I’m sure you all know that we won and will advance on in the tournament. I am very proud of the team for what they have accomplished. The game was very close and kept you on your toes for the entire night. There were so many people at the game supporting the Mohawks. The atmosphere was crazy and I think that really helped drive the team. I am very proud to be a Mohawk and hope the best for team as they advance on in the tournament. Go Mohawks!!