The COVID-19 pandemic caused spring seasons to cut short, ending before they had even picked up momentum for the season. Though they did not get the opportunity to enjoy their last high school season, MC seniors are grateful for the experiences they have had in the athletic department.
MC senior Jackson Catalano described his experience on the baseball team, stating, “I think it made me have more pride in being at MC because it makes me feel like I’m part of something bigger than myself. It also makes me excited to go to school because it’s something to look forward to after school.”
Three MC boys volleyball players shared their experiences as well.
“I’ll miss the atmosphere […] There’s nothing like the feeling of crushing a ball and getting hype with the guys,” senior Caleb Lustado said.
“What made us special is our attitude – we may have struggled occasionally but we had fun regardless,” senior Devyn Pon said.
“The culture of MC volleyball is very different from other schools. We carry our honor on our backs; we lift each other up and refrain from disrespecting other teams […] you want to represent your school as best as possible,” senior Gabe Tolo said.
MC senior on the softball team, Riley Barger, stated, “I have enjoyed the team, they are all sisters to me and I could tell them anything. When I was a lower class man, I would always look up to the older girls, trying to be just like them. Now, I’m the senior getting looked up to. It’s pretty special.”
The camaraderie present in MC athletics shines through on the girls lacrosse team, players describe.
“Lacrosse has taught me many things, but most importantly, it has taught me how to be a good teammate,” senior Megan Knee said. “Being on a team has made me a better person through wins and losses.”
“The bus rides [are] where memories are definitely made. The fundraisers too,” senior Lauren Infantino said. “Everyone’s personality really shines and it’s always a blast.”
This proves to be the same on the boys lacrosse team, where each player is pushed to do their best, as stated by members of the team.
“What I enjoy about the program we have at MC is that the coaches and players are always bringing high intensity and pushing us to be our best versions of ourselves both on and off the field. What I will miss the most is probably the feeling after a awesome play and celebrating with my teammates,” senior Tyson Rydahl said.
“The team is super fun to be around because regardless of win or loss we are always a family with all the players and coaches. I will definitely miss the games and the feeling coming off of a big win at home,” senior Nick Salvati said.
Though tennis is know to be more of an individual sport, it encourages growth and provides new challenges for its players.
“Tennis has taught me patience and strong-mindedness,” senior Robin Shi said. “During a tennis match, it’s easy to lose your temper […] But, especially in doubles, I owe it to my teammate to slug it out for the rest of the match and try new tactics until something works.”
MC Dance Troupe captain Lindsey Manzano expressed her gratuity for the program, stating, “It was really hard to see my team disappointed because I knew how hard we had worked. Although we knew there wasn’t anything we could do to change the situation, my team and I reflected on the amazing season we had so far and highlighted the fact that we ended on such a successful note.”