In my fourth year at Michigan City High School, I have noticed one major theme when it comes to our athletics; almost every student-athlete I see has a strong work ethic.
Just walking in from my baseball practice, I see the tennis team working outside on the courts, or I see cross country runners returning exhausted from a long afternoon run. Then I look out to the soccer field and see the players exhausting themselves, sprinting up and down the field, and back out to the football field to see the freshman team building up to hopefully become varsity athletes.
Sometimes, unfortunately, you are not able to see just how much effort every sport puts in. Many will never see the basketball team coming in early before school to get an extra hour of practice in, or see just how many laps the swimmers are capable of pushing through. Because of this, some students become ignorant to the fact that almost every varsity athlete puts in just as much work, if not more, as the next one.
One possible reason for the strong work ethic is the coaches. I see some coaches that are able to push athletes farther and farther with every practice. I hear some students during the school day talk excitedly about what new drill their coach has in mind for practice later, or about how anxious they are to get to practice. With all of this talk I hear, it is obvious that many of our coaches have earned both love and respect from their players. I have had my fair share of both "good" and "bad" coaches, so I know first-hand that the coaches that have earned my complete respect have received the most effort from me, too.
Although many of the high school's coaches are a reason for our athletic department's success, our own students may have an even bigger effect. The "Den", our student section, shows up to every home volleyball, football, and basketball game, as well as many other teams' home games. This support is greatly appreciated by every athlete, as it is a chance for them to show off all of the work that they have put in.
Throughout my observations, however, only one thing has stayed constant, and that is passion. Just watching some student-athletes up close at practice or games, you will be able to see just how much they care about their sport. As an athlete myself, I realize that without the love for my sport, I never would have been as successful as I have been.
MCHS may not have the most successful teams in the conference, and we might not all be state contenders, but both our passion and work ethic stay strong. Just show up to one of our team's practices or games, and you will be able to see just how committed our student-athletes really are.
Michael Hebb is a senior at Michigan City High School. City Pride is a regular column produced by MCHS students.