Center Grove Football

The 365 Grind: Lessons from CG’s Dual-Sport Athletes

The lights, the cheering crowd, the pumping adrenaline. So many Center Grove football players live for the season. But what do they do when it comes time to hang up the helmet? Quite a few ambitious individuals trade the football in for basketballs, wrestling shoes, baseball bats, and track cleats.

Many two­sport athletes choose one sport to focus on, and do the other to stay in shape. For sophomore Kyle Winkler, his primary focus is baseball.
”My body is really built for baseball,” said Winkler. “I just love the atmosphere of Center Grove football.”

Others, like senior Cameron Tidd, are extremely competitive in both sports.
”I’ve always enjoyed football more,” said Tidd. “I knew from a young age football is what I wanted to focus on. I guess I just developed a natural talent for discus.”

Tidd is currently State Champion for Discus. He recently committed to Vanderbilt to play college football.

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“It would be easier to not do anything in the Spring,” said Tidd. “Being successful and helping my team is definitely an incentive for me to throw.”

Two sports provide different learning opportunities. Individual skills learned can converge to make the athlete more versatile and well­rounded.

“Track prepares me for football because I can make better cuts,” said junior Trevor Hohlt.

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The majority of two­sport male athletes are involved in football and track. The spring season allows football players to prepare for summer conditioning and the fall season while also contributing to the success of the track team.

“In track, I have to self­motivate,” said Titus McCoy. “But through football, I have learned to trust my teammates. Transitioning from track to football has taught me to be a more aggressive runner.”

Many athletes have learned the importance of trusting others, as well as their own ability. “In baseball, you have to overcome obstacles by yourself,” said Zach Wells. “No one else can pick you up mentally; that’s something you have to learn on your own.”

Some individuals find the benefit of year­round sports in their physical strength and endurance. “My baseball coach wants me to play football,” said Jack Kellams. “Playing two sports keeps me well­rounded and using a variety of muscles. This makes me less prone to injury.”

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For others, like sophomore Brad Boswell, transitioning quickly from a Fall sport to a Winter sport such as basketball or wrestling has unique demands.

“Moving from one sport immediately into another tests your mental toughness. You have to convince your body and your mind to stay sharp in your sport while staying focused on your grades.”

Head CGHS Wrestling Coach Cale Hoover agrees that playing back-to-back sports is tough, but he wants as many football, soccer, and cross country guys as he can get.

“I want our kids to be active,” Coach Hoover explains. “I do a lot of reading and research and the more we look at this, it’s good for kids be doing different sports. It prevents overtraining and getting bored or stale. Some of the best wrestlers we’ve had have been some pretty good football players.”

Dual-sport athletes are also recognizing the life lessons the 365 grind can offer. “One of the greatest skills you can have in life is knowing how to work with a variety of people,” Boswell adds. “Learning to interact with multiple coaches as well as teachers and teammates is a great life lesson.”

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Being not only an athlete, but a two sport athlete at Center Grove is an incredible feat. These individuals have demonstrated their ability to stay focused and organized while balancing a busy schedule, skills that will take them much further than the football field.

To see the full gallery of two­sport athletes, check out centergrovepublications.com

 

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