Hiking for Credit

Joey Stonehocker- At the Yampa Valley High School the Friday hikes are a good source of energy output for our modern teens. YVHS doesn’t have a traditional P.E. class so, it allows the students of YVHS  to be released on one of the many nature hikes here in Steamboat Springs. On the hikes YVHS has a long semi straight file line on about a two hour hike up and down. The hikes are how we get P.E. credits and as a student I prefer this method because it’s not a survival of the fittest environment like in a traditional gym class.

Being in high school is a tough and confusing time but, the hikes are a nice release from the world for a short time. In nature is a good time to release stress and think about anything on your mind. It’s a good pastime away from school where you can relax and just walk. Fresh air is key for a healthy mind and body, so why not be on a hike.

P.E. class in traditional schools can be difficult especially if you have a larger class. If you have trouble keeping up in gym class, the hikes are a little more your own speed. On the hike you can choose what pace you want to set yourself at. It’s all around a nice hike where you can   talk to your friends or get to know people without being chased, or having stuff flung at you The uphill part of every hike is pretty bad but, going down is super easy.

Some hikes we go on we have to take a bus to the location, such as Mad Creek or Rabbit Ears. Other times we can just walk from the school, such as Emerald mountain up to the Quarry. Regardless of rain or shine we go on the hikes. If it’s snowing we put on snowshoes and do it anyway. If you don’t have a jacket or gloves or whatever it is you need the school will loan it to you.

I hope you see why we should go on hikes instead of gym class. If you ever see us out and about come say hi!

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The Love Of Competition

Chase Adams- One thing I love about tennis is the ability to kick somebody’s behind. Being competitive has always had an impact on me. Trying to win everything that I play has always been something I love to do. Tennis is a game where you will always face an opponent who is better than you. Therefore, the more work I put into my game the more success you gain from the sport.

Tennis gives me the chance to battle by myself and not have to rely on a partner to win a match. When playing tennis I can push myself to the best of my ability and achieve greatness. No matter how hard you practice and compete in tournaments, there will always be one opponent that can beat you. I love being on top of the USTA brackets, so others won’t forget how strong I am as an athlete. So when they read the name “Chase Adams” on their tennis bracket, they will know the competitiveness they need to beat me. Seeing other opponents with larger USTA points than me, hurts. Especially when I know I am a stronger athlete than them.

Tennis is a great sport with plenty of tactics to learn. One tactic that is hard to learn is to play the tennis ball and not your opponent. This means always try to stay on offense and in control of the ball. Don’t let your opponent control the game by running you around. Find your strong points in your tennis game and use them to the best of your ability.

I as a tennis player I do not believe in pressure. Pressure is a made up feeling that only you can tell yourself if it’s real or not. When I get into intense rally’s, I keep my cool and I play smart. I don’t wonder where my opponent’s ball is going to land. I capitalize on the shots that I know I can hit. I focus on the point, not the pressure that’s assigned with the point.

Playing for my high school tennis team has been a blast, especially when you do extremely well in tournaments. Getting asked questions by your local newspaper reporters makes me feel important to the team. Another great feeling is when your peers read your newspaper article and congratulate you based on how well you did. What matters most is that people actually care! That excitement only makes me want to push my game further and show them how well I can do.

While my high school career is over, playing tournaments all over Colorado will increase my USTA points, and increase my ranking in the community. The higher USTA points you are able to collect, the more difficult your opponents will turn out to be! Anyone has the capability to play tennis for fun as they grow old, but I will choose to carry on my competitive spirit  through many upcoming USTA tournaments.

Tennis is a sport with many perks to help you with your everyday emotions. Some people enjoy tennis for taking time out of their day to get out and exercise. I enjoy tennis after a stressful day of work or school, so I can take my aggression out on the tennis ball and not others!