By: Travis Bowles, Staff Writer
The soccer player who shows off the number 11 jersey number, which is also the same number of years he’s played soccer in his life. With his dad’s strong passion for soccer, which he learned from a young age and made him fall in love with soccer.
All the time he spends playing and practicing he doesn’t have time to do much, so he says that’s the hardest part about soccer.
I tried to interview his friends and brother, but they weren’t much help.
His friend Kevin compared him to Marco Reus, who is a Professional soccer player for the German team. Who is known for his speed, ability to adapt to what’s going on, and technique.
While his girlfriend Mya says he’s more talented and more skilled than other soccer players.
His brother Angel said he plays a lil better than Zair. But you could sense the sibling rivalry and a little bit of jealousy.
I went to one of his practices and he treated it like a real game, everything had to be so perfect between the almost perfect goals and the perfect passes. You’d never see him touch the ball with his hands from the time he sets it down to when they leave. And when he’s out with his friends and watch them juggle the ball for minutes without touching the ground. And that’s how he always plays.
The last thing Zair told me was, “This paper better get an ‘A’”. But thats all they could tell me about him and when i asked for more detail in what they said, they just stopped talking.
Generally, high school is a series of twists and turns that may leave students feeling hopeless; with essays, study guides, and exams around every corner, there is a very real need for stress relief. While some may wind down with a box of donuts from Johnny-O’s and their favorite Netflix show on loop (no judgement, of course), others turn towards a more active means of de-stressing. Meet sophomore Isabella Perez, a leading member of Logan High’s girls varsity cross country team.
After only two years of the sport, Perez has become one of two girls to represent Logan High’s cross country team at the state level this season. Her passion and dedication to the sport has been described as unprecedented and special, qualities of a particularly driven athlete.
“What I like in cross country is the feeling of being accomplished,” Perez said. “While you’re running, you know you can push yourself and feel your body be pushed as it never has been before. It makes you feel strong.”
“Isabella is a hard working athlete who will never give up. She is always striving to be her best self in everything she does."
Ah, football season. There’s something undeniably exciting about cheering under the Friday night lights, whether you’re on the side of the field with your hair styled in a high ponytail and pom-poms in your hands or you’re cozied up in sweaters and blankets in our roaring student section. Win or lose, you can expect Logan High students to brave the weather for their favorite players and boldly embrace the chill of Cache Valley’s crisp September and October nights.
But for so many of our senior Grizzlies, this time is bittersweet. The last football season marks the closing of an era; after this, yet another chapter of our fleeting high school careers will come to an inevitable end. No more worrying about the serious lack of parking on Logan High campus at 6:30 p.m., no more aspirations to become a True Grizz, no more watching those anticipated halftime shows… for many, this can be an emotional experience. For senior linebacker Blake Patterson, his last season has been especially memorable.
Raised in a football-loving home, Patterson developed his passion for the sport early on. By the second grade, Patterson had been actively studying, watching and playing football in his spare time. Now, he describes his time on the field as a kind of well-needed escape.
"[Football] is like being in your own sanctuary. You can forget about life for a few hours."
Raynger Keckler is one of the three team captains for the LHS soccer team. Keckler plays the right field defender position and excels at what he does. Before the soccer season started, Keckler was also on the wrestling team and is one of the best wrestlers, taking the 1st place at the state championship last year.
This year he severely injured his back while wrestling, making him unable to wrestle this year. As time flowed, he started getting better and better and is now healed to the point where the injury is not bothersome, and just in time for soccer season.
"We only need some warm-ups on the field to be ready [for soccer].