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Student athletes use strategies to manage their time between homework and sports

Seniors Garrett Cronin and Violet Hentges and freshman Riley Riggs have to balance athletics and academics
By Emma Clement

Practice schedules during the sports season can be intense. For senior Garret Cronin, his day starts with football practice at 6:15 a.m. each morning and goes until 7:15 a.m.. After school, he practices for another four hours every day of the August to November season. Cronin is not the only one to have such an intense school day schedule.

Sports can take up numerous hours out of any student athlete’s life, with practice occurring almost daily and games taking place multiple times a week. As a result of this, Cronin explains that his energy level is sometimes low during the school day.

On the football field, senior Garrett Cronin throws up the signature “Landshark” celebration Friday, October 27. In school, Cronin is a part of JLC, NHS and StuCo. On his computer, he checks his schedule to look at upcoming events Tuesday, Nov. 28. (By Luke Wood)

“Sometimes in classes I feel tired, but once practice comes around, I start to pick up more energy,” Cronin said.

Volleyball also practices every day during their season. New to high school, freshman Riley Riggs believes that the repetitiveness of each day can become overwhelming.  

“It’s really hard to do all the sports and the school aspect because you’re up late and then you’re getting up early for school and then you’re doing it all over again,” Riggs said. 

Cronin thinks getting good sleep is essential, so he tries to stay on track with his assignments so his busy schedule doesn’t affect his health.

“[I] just try to stay on top of work, plan things out, try and use my time wisely, so I can still get good sleep,” Cronin said. 

Riggs has a similar problem with volleyball, as it doesn’t leave much time for homework throughout the week. Riggs likes to set goals for herself each day in order to manage her time and her work.

Freshman Riley Riggs jumps for a spike at volleyball sub-state Saturday, October 21 and studies for an upcoming exam during seminar Monday, Nov. 27. Riggs went directly from winning the volleyball state championship to focusing on the upcoming basketball season while also practicing with her club volleyball team. (By foreground by eva hernandez, background by luke wood)

“I have little goals like I need to have this done by this time and it helps me keep everything manageable so I don’t forget anything,” Riggs said.

Senior Violet Hentges has a similar system to Riggs. She uses an agenda to keep track of all of her assignments. 

“I like to keep an agenda and write out every single thing I have, that way when I mark off something on my list [it] helps relieve some tensions,” Hentges said. “Sometimes I go to the library to be in a better environment to clear my head.”   

In addition to school volleyball, Riggs also plays club volleyball and  is also playing school basketball and plans to try out for track. She will have to balance her Monday, Tuesday and Thursday club volleyball practices with her other school sports when they start.

Senior Violet Hentges sings in the Jag Singers choir and plays club soccer Thursday, Nov. 16. Hentges must balance her schoolwork and choir practices with both high school and club soccer. (By foreground by elizabeth summa, background by luke wood)

“Sometimes it’s stressful to manage both,” Riggs said.  “It can build up really quickly if you don’t slow down and focus.” 

Cronin had similar experiences with football, saying that it can be stressful to balance constant practices and rigorous coursework.

“There’s a lot of pressure to be successful and I kind of hold myself to a high standard,” Cronin said.

Hentges also experiences stress during the week especially since has a particularly hard workload most of the time.  

“I am constantly stressed. I don’t think I’m  never not stressed sometimes,” Hentges said. “But I like the challenge and I like the conversations I can have in the harder classes and [I] like being surrounded by people who also want to work hard.”  

Hentges also thinks taking harder classes will help her prepare for the future.

“I’ll definitely be prepared for college and maintaining work because I’m so used to balancing so many things on my plate currently,” Hentges said, “I think I’ll be better set up for the future than other people.” 

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Maddie Martin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Maddie Martin’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to writing and taking pictures for the JagWire. She is on the golf team and is a part of Relay for Life. Outside of school she volunteers with National Charity League. She spends her free time hanging out with her friends and family, listening to music and watching sports.  
Ian Chern, JagWire copy editor
This is junior Ian Chern’s second year on the JagWire staff. This year he is taking up the role of copy editor along with writer and photographer. Outside of school, Ian enjoys watching sports, listening to music, playing basketball and soccer, volunteering at food banks and spending time with friends and family. He is also a member of NHS, Science Olympiad and likes to participate in Relay for Life.
Luke Wood, JagWire photo editor
This is senior Luke Wood’s third year on the JagWire newspaper staff and he will be continuing in his role of photo editor. Outside of the JagWire staff, Luke works on his cars, plays video games  and plays baseball. Other activities Luke enjoys include listening to music, welding and riding jet skis. Luke is very excited to have fun in his last year in high school.
Emma Clement, JagWire editor-in-chief, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief
This is senior Emma Clement’s third year on the JagWire staff. This year she is JagWire and Mill Valley News editor-in-chief, in addition to being a writer and designer for the newspaper. When she is not working on journalism, Emma enjoys reading, drawing, painting, watching TV shows and spending time with friends and family. She is also involved at Mill Valley as NHS president, Spanish NHS vice president, Youth for Refugees president, Model UN president, NAHS vice president and is a member of NEHS, Scholar’s Bowl and Women’s Empowerment Club. Outside of school, Emma works at Pinnacle Gymnastics as a gymnastics coach and is on the editorial board for elementia, the Johnson County Library’s teen literary magazine.

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