Managing the sidelines
Football Managers Michaela Jamison and Maddie Bangs
Numerous players and coaches scream in unison for water as senior football manager Maddie Bangs lightly jogs across the field. Bangs holds out the drink carrier that contains newly filled water bottles and several hands reach towards her.
“It is really overwhelming,” Bangs said. “When the coaches are screaming at you as the same time as the players, it just feels stressful.”
Both Bangs and senior Michaela Jamison are dedicating the fall of their senior year to managing the football team.
“The best part of my job is being able to see what the boys put into winning,” Bangs said.
Jamison agreed with Bangs that the atmosphere of games are one of the main reasons she manages.
“Watching the boys get amped up is such an amazing sensation,” Jamison said.
The girls are required to perform various jobs such as filming plays for the players to watch, sweeping out the locker room after practices and bringing equipment to the film.
While Bangs said spending every day after school at practice is the worst part of being a manager, she knows that her choice of being a manager was a good one.
“When they lose, it’s more personal to me because I’ve seen all that they go through,” Bangs said. “I enjoy getting to see the hard work that the boys put into winning games.”
Soccer Managers Carlie Howe, Kayla Hamner and McKenzie Koch
As senior soccer manager Kayla Hamner bends her knees and keeps her eyes on the ball, senior right midfielder Hugh Ebb harshly kicks at the ball at her while she guards the goalie net. One of Hamner’s jobs is to play defense or goalie against the players.
“Daily jobs are rarely ever the same,” Hamner said. “Every day is something different.”
Hamner manages the boys’ soccer team along with seniors Carlie Howe and McKenzie Koch. All of the girls play soccer for the school which drove them to manage the boys’ team.
“I enjoy watching soccer more than anything,” Howe said. “I thought this would be a fun way [to get involved].”
Hamner said the best part of her job is getting to know and be friends with all of the players.
“It is so much fun to be part of such a fun atmopshere at games and practices,” Hamner said. “They are all good guys.”