Winter sports’ tryouts and conditioning have begun for Jupiter High athletes

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Winter sports’ tryouts and conditioning have begun for Jupiter High athletes

Senior Larry Scott dribbles the ball at a home game during the 2019 varsity boys basketball season.

Senior Larry Scott dribbles the ball at a home game during the 2019 varsity boys basketball season.

Shannon Vecchio

Senior Larry Scott dribbles the ball at a home game during the 2019 varsity boys basketball season.

Shannon Vecchio

Shannon Vecchio

Senior Larry Scott dribbles the ball at a home game during the 2019 varsity boys basketball season.

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Winter sports are getting ready to start for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in playing a winter sport or in conditioning for a spring sport, please make sure you are aware of tryout dates, conditioning schedules and what to expect.

Wrestling tryouts will begin Monday, Oct. 14, right after school on the track. Contact Coach Doug Rasmusson in room 4-109, or e-mail him at [email protected], for more information. To participate, you must have turned in your completed physical packet to Coach Rasmusson.

“Everyone should come out and not be afraid…Everyone should put forth full effort and have a good attitude,” senior Rob Preisendorf said.

All students are welcome to try out for the team. Currently, they are doing pre-season conditioning.

“[Pre-season conditioning] consists of running on the track. We will be doing quarter-mile and half-mile runs at a time for about three miles, and we will also do some sprinting. Actual practice begins on Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.,” Rasmusson said.

Soccer tryouts begin Oct. 21 after school at Jupiter Community Park. Athletic eligibility forms must be turned in to Coach Grant Johnston by Oct. 17. If you have questions, see Johnston in Room 6-109. A $10 tryout fee must be turned in to Kimberly Jalm (girls) or Johnston (boys) by Oct. 17. Tryouts will be from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Expect a lot of conditioning, scrimmages, and short drills. You will have to learn how to run a mile in a short amount of time so start preparing to run when tryouts begin,” senior Cory Gonzalez said.

Along with intense conditioning, the soccer team’s tryouts also evaluate a player’s compatibility with the team as a whole.

“We will want to see how they handle themselves in a team atmosphere, rather than just an individual capacity. The boys’ soccer program looks for players with high character that can mesh well with our program expectations. Players will be expected to be in good physical condition, and be in good soccer form. Players will be notified if they made the team towards the end of next week. We will most likely announce our roster right there at the fields,” Johnston said.

Basketball tryouts for both boys and girls begin soon. Boys’ basketball tryouts begin the week of Nov. 4. If you have any questions, e-mail Coach John Anderson at [email protected] Girls’ basketball conditioning started Oct. 14. If you have any questions, reach out to Coach Mike Lynch in portable five or by e-mail at [email protected]

Girls’ lacrosse first fall conditioning session will be on Monday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Meet by the concession stand next to the track. Conditioning will be every Monday and Wednesday until Dec. 11. Practice starts on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Anyone is welcome to try out.

If interested in trying out for tennis in the spring, meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in room 4-106 at 2:45 p.m. See Coach Cathy Lang or John Babcock if you have any questions.

“You are going to play matches with all sorts of people who are also trying out for the team. The more matches you win and the more technique you have will get you a spot on the team. Play to your strengths and don’t focus so much on any other players. [Johnson] looks for people with potential and are willing to work hard,” senior Allison Sawczyn said.