2015 Urbana Hawks Take the Field

Chris Breitsameter and Taylor Robertshaw

Fall Sports Stadium
Urbana’s Legacy Field, in a state of readiness for a variety of upcoming fall sporting events.

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody knows the Urbana Hawks have a very rich and interesting history in sports. After all of the gaps on teams the graduating class left us last year, we are left wondering how our teams will fare with the competition this year.

The Football team is facing a big change with last year’s senior and star running back Ray Gray graduating along with multiple other starters.

However, senior Cameron Samuels and senior Parker Mellott both agreed their preseason workouts and games went very well and they have already grown as a team.

“Our schedule this year is pretty tough but I think our team has the potential to make a run at playoffs” said Mellott.  This year’s schedule includes biggest rivals Oakdale and Linganore as both away games.

“As a team I expect us to get a lot closer and better this year”, said Samuels. With as new of a team as the Hawks are they all know the big change from last year to this year will be difficult.

Mellott said he was really looking forward to his last year with the team and watching how they grow throughout the season.

After being one round short of the state final soccer game last year the Boys Soccer Team is set to make it back again. “I really believe we have the talent to make it back that far this season but its really about how hard we are willing to work,” said senior captain Colin Andersen of the boys team.

Trent Tarnstrom, junior striker, said, “I have two main goals this year: to make it back to the finals this year and to make my Mother proud”. The guy’s aspirations for this year are very high.

The girls on the other hand are a very young and exciting team that can really put some teams away fairly easily.

Goalkeeper Madeline Cederdahl said, “ I really like the look of the young new team but we need to become closer and bind more because if we do that we can make it to late November where we want to be the last team still standing in the tournament.”

Hawk’s Pom team captains Sarah Widmer, Holly Winklbauer, and Suzy Boisclair give an insight to how their season will be this year.

Boisclair said that the team is trying new and “interesting workouts” to help with flexibility and muscle strength for dancing. Winklbauer said the pre-season was “fantastic” as the team learned and mastered new routines for the exciting home games.

This year’s team Widmer believes are “more prepared” and Winklbauer agreed when she said, “We look a lot better than the other years” because of constant and consistent practicing after school.

Boisclair said the goal for this year’s season is “to have fun” considering this is their last year. Winklbauer hopes the team will “be more positive and not complain during practices”. Widmer said she wants the team “to pay attention and do our best” for the approaching competition season.

Lastly, for their last year of high school Poms, Boisclair said she always looks forward to the pasta parties. Widmer said her favorite pom activity is the holiday gift exchange. But all three captains agreed that they are all looking forward to senior night.

Senior players of the Hawks field hockey team Haleigh Pannell and Kaysie Morningstar look forward to a fantastic season.

“We work really well as a team and haven’t lost a game yet,” Morningstar said when asked how she thought the season will go.

As for the pre-season, Pannell thought the training was “good, long, and relatively hard”

The expectations for this years “fhockey” remain very high. Pannell said that she believes they will “be undefeated in-conference and hopefully go to states”

Morningstar wants the team to be the “#1 passing team Coach Stuart has ever had” and to also continue to “be known as a team that respects one another”

As for what the hockey players look forward to the most Pannell said “beating Linganore again” while Morningstar said “honestly to play my last games with my seniors and make Coach Stuart happy.”