Jackson Homan

Angel Schneider-Reuter

As we celebrate the most impressive demonstration of AHS athletics this week, it is interesting to look at where former Arcata High athletes are in their athletic endeavors. We interviewed seven competitive graduates from the class of 2016 to gain insight into the grueling world of college sports. Whether on the court, field, track, or water, these former tigers are carrying on the Arcata legacy by killing the competition.

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Olivia Ritter

Sport: Soccer

School: San Joaquin Delta College

Position: Offensive center midfield

Largest Difference between

AHS and College Sports: Probably the level of commitment. It’s a 24/7 commitment.

Favorite team tradition: Chocolate milk after every game.

Pre-Game Ritual: Pre-game teammate handshakes

Describe Your Coach in 1-2 words: Passionate

Hardest Practice: The day after games we do this recovery run early in the morning that literally sucks @s$

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Cheyenne (Tex) Keith

Sport: Football

School: Humboldt State University

Position: Quarterback

Largest Difference between

AHS and College Sports: The amount of detail required to succeed.

Pre-Game Ritual: Get the guys fired up!

Describe Your Coach in 1-2 words: Opportunity and Effort.

Favorite team tradition: Singing the school fight song after a win.

Hardest Practice: The day after leg day.

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Wyatt Tucker

Sport: Baseball

School: College of San Mateo

Position: Pitcher and Infielder

Largest difference between

AHS and College sports: The amount of time dedicated to baseball every day.

Pre-game ritual: Breathing and self-talk, as well as a Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich from Safeway.

Describe your coach in 1-2 words: Mental Juggernaut

Favorite Team Tradition: Winning

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Maddie Pomerantz

Sport: Soccer

School: Barry University

Position: Goalkeeper

Largest Difference between

AHS and College Sports: The level of commitment you have to dedicate to both school and soccer.

Favorite team tradition: A week before moving in, we all live in a house together, called the team preseason house.

Pre-Game Ritual: Eating together, blasting music in the locker room, and team meetings.  We also eat at Panera for away games.

Describe Your Coach in1-2 words: Driven

Hardest Practice: Probably the Monday after a really bad or lazy weekend game. If we don’t play with effort, she is disappointed and practice is harder.

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vy Ricca

Sport: Soccer

School: Bowdoin College

Position: Center back, transitioning into a center midfielder.

Largest Difference between

AHS and College Sports: Balancing athletics and academics.

Favorite team tradition: My favorite team tradition is “Props”. We write down all the funny things that members of the team say during the week and read them all together the night before games.

Pre-Game Ritual: Before games, we dance and sing in the locker room. Don’t Stop Believin’, we change the lyrics to so that they apply to our team and the teams we’re going to play. We try to sing loud enough so  that the other team can hear us.

Describe Your Coach in 1-2 words: Mom.

Hardest Practice: This “game” called 10,000 touches.

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Ellie Earle-Rouse

Sport: Track and Field

School: Humboldt State University

Position: High Jump/Heptathlete

Largest difference between

AHS and College Sports: Dope free jackets

Favorite Team Tradition: None yet

Pre-Game Ritual: One hour nap on the field before competing

Describe your coach in a sentance: Will literally kill you if you skip weights.

Hardest Practice:We haven’t really had a hell practice yet…

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Cait Parker

Sport: Crew (Rowing)

School: Boston University

Position: 3 or 4 seat(starboard side) in the Women’s Lightweight 8 boat

Largest difference between

AHS and College Sports: Everyone wants to be out there giving 100 percent doing something they enjoy.

Favorite team-tradition: Pre-race fist bump passed down from stern to bow.

Pre-Game Ritual: Eating a honey Packet for instant energy.

Describe your coach in 1-2 Words: Determined

Hardest Practice: Testing battery day on the ergs…a 30 minute pace and a 5k. They’re the worst!