NOCTILUCA October 2016

SPORTS Appleton, Wisconsin October 2016 Volume XXII Issue II Page 12 Football team faces injuries, new competition By Maddie Clark

“They bring a great team attitude along with high expectations.” Coach Rob Salm

You may see the navy or white jerseys walking around the hallway or maybe even a few of the players might be friends of yours. It’s no secret that the football team is a big part of the Appleton North student population. Many students either go to the Friday night games or play football on either the freshman, junior varsity, or varsity teams. With playoffs just around the corner, the football team has been preparing long and hard for these upcoming games. But how exactly has the team’s year been? The varsity team has had many successes and challenges this year. One specific challenge the team has faced is players with injuries. Rob Salm, the head football coach, said, “We’ve had quite a few kids that have been injured for a short time and some are out for the season.” Despite these injuries, the team has had many younger players

have gotten the school excited about football again so more kids come out. Therefore, there is more competition.” This new competition hasn’t gotten in the way of the team and they continue to be proud of what they do and act together as a team.

Coach Salm helps the football team during practice. Photo by Trinity Olson

step up to the varsity team that normally wouldn’t play until their junior or senior year. This year has brought out many leaders from the senior class. They have helped the rest of the team and the coaches navigate practice and games without the injured

players. Salm talks about the two captains, Mitch Mologne and Hayden Kreul, “They bring a great team attitude along with high expectations for the team.” These leaders will definitely help the team as they go into playoffs. They can help the team focus on getting

better every single day and trying not to get too far ahead of themselves Salm said. With each new season brings new competition. “[Competition] has definitely improved overall. A couple teams that haven’t had a lot of success have new coaches and

Rob Salm is the head coach of varsity football team. Athletes reflect on their goals for the future

Jenna Miller giving her team high fives as she runs onto the court. Photo courtesy of Jenna Miller

Britt Horn - Swimming Britt Horn, who’s verbally committed to swimming at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, diving into the pool at a meet. Photo by Maddie Clark

Jenna Miller - Volleyball

Noctiluca: How did you get introduced to swim- ming? Britt: I got introduced by starting off in swim lessons and progressing towards the swim team. N: Who are some swim- mers you look up to? B: I look up to Lauren Hilt and Missy Franklin. Both are extraordinary peo- ple and great swimmers, I aspire to be like them ev- eryday.

Noctiluca: How were you introduced to volleyball? Jenna: I was introduced to volleyball in fifth grade at Catholic Central. I have been playing ever since and have enjoyed every second of it. N: Who are some volleyball players you look up to? J: Some volleyball players I look up to are my friends Mad- dy Ahrens and Hope Werch. Maddy has a work ethic and drive that I will always look up to. She is always looking to push other people to be the best they can be. Hope Werch is

the star of the Neenah volley- ball team and one of my best friends. She has an incredible attitude and is the most com- petitive person I know. N: What are some of your aspirations in volleyball? J: Some of my aspirations and goals I have for the high school season is winning con- ference and hopefully making it back to the state tournament. For my future plans, I am hop- ing to attend a four year col- lege playing competitive vol- leyball at a high level.

achieving these goals?

N: What are some of your aspirations for swimming? B: [I want] to continue to swim in college and become the best swimmer I can be at the collegiate level. N: How do you plan on achieving your goals for swimming? B: I plan on achieving my goals by constantly work- ing hard and receiving sup- port from my family and teammates.

J: I plan on achieving these goals by staying focused and giving 100% every day. I won’t ever take my sport for granted because I never know when I won’t be able to play anymore. The girls volleyball team will work hard on stay- ing consistent and making this season count. If we play as a family, we will win as one. Want to write about your sport for the Noctiluca? Contact Maddie Clark at CLA542944@stu.k12.

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