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Rounding Out the Football Season

November 05, 2019
By Through The Eyes and Words of Some of our Senior Players and Cheerleaders

Seth Rigby
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]

I have played football at LCA for five years after first playing in 8th grade. These have been some of the best years of my life. While these last two years have been more of transitioning years, I still really enjoyed getting to start and be a role model for the underclassmen. I love playing football because of the relationships I have built and the teamwork and comradery that comes from it. These last two years of playing football have been my favorite. There is something about going out onto the field and representing your school through what you love; which is really special. As a senior, I have really enjoyed being a mentor and a leader to my younger teammates. It is always fun going to celebrate with them when they do something good because in a couple of years they will be the leaders of this team. Through it all, I am very thankful for all the memories and good times that have come out of this great sport and I can't wait to come back next year to be a fan!

 

Emma Miksa
Photo Credit: Grace Cropper [10]

I have been cheering at LCA for three years and have enjoyed every moment. Throughout the seasons, there have been ups and downs but no matter what, the team is always there to help each other make it through. I have enjoyed getting to know each team from each year and knowing that I can rely on them after a hard day of school. From taking pictures to throwing each other in the air, every moment is filled with laughter and sometimes mental breakdowns from being so tired. All the memories and moments we have shared will never be forgotten and I am so thankful to have been part of such a strong community.

 

Andrew Mares
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]​​​​​​​

I’ve been playing football at LCA since sixth grade, and have seen many highs and lows in the program. Right now, we are in a transition year and it’s exciting and cool to know that I get to train up a younger generation of players. When I was a freshman, I saw Conner McClellan and Cristian Barineau lead our team but I never thought I would be in their shoes someday. I want to leave my mark on the younger players about how to be a strong leader, just the way I learned from Conner and Cristian. Through all the turmoil and craziness I’ve seen in the program in recent years, I feel confident in saying the program has a very bright future ahead of it.

 

Katelynn Stoltzfus
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]

I have been a cheerleader at LCA since freshman year, and before then, it was something I never planned on trying. Being a shy, uncoordinated kid, cheerleading was not something I ever saw in my future. To be honest, I did not want to join the team, and before I did, I was truly terrified. After joining, I found a love for the sport and the team that I never expected. When I joined my freshman year, the team was only one year old, so there were a lot of challenges to navigate. We made it work with our limited practice space, from the cafe to the stage in the gym. Although it took awhile for the crowd to get used to having cheerleaders at the football games, they now cheer along with us and help us encourage the players. Overall, I have loved being able to be a part of the cheerleading program for the last four years. Even through the challenges, I have been truly blessed by my time on the team.

 

Conner Womack
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]​​​​​​​

Going into my senior season, life was just a checklist…
Journalism-Check
Student Council-Check
Church-Check
Good Grades-Check
Work-Check
Football-Check
I found myself so caught up in the motions that I lost sight of what truly mattered to me: relationships. I just wanted to get through this crazy season of life, and I didn’t care whether or not I enjoyed it. Then the Lord taught me something. My mindset wouldn’t change until I truly surrendered it to Him. He showed me that He had me in every place for a reason, a purpose. It was then that football became something it had never been before: a way to clear my head from the chaos of life and be surrounded by a team of people that I love. This team is unlike any I have ever been on before. We truly care for each other and champion each other's successes. Life is no longer about a checklist to me, it’s about being present in every moment and seeing how Jesus is going to grow me each time; and where His Spirit is going to lead me next. My team is one that I will never forget. Plus I got my first TD this season and that was pretty rockin’.

 

Rosalyn Larson
Photo Credit: Grace Cropper [10]

I am currently in my third and last year in LCA Cheer. These past three years have been an amazing experience. I joined the week before school, my sophomore year and instantly fell in love with it. Throughout all the years cheer has been a safe place for me and many of my friends. The coaches have always been amazing and supportive of each of us in life as well as cheer. From stunting to dancing, cheer pushes us to do things we never thought possible. While there has been difficulty, cheer has taught me that I am truly perfowerfull.

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Dani says:
November 05, 2019 02:06 PM CST
Wow! Now I'm in tears. I loved reading these stories and seeing the photos captured. Thank you, LCA, for all that you do for our kids!

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