Seton-La Salle High School is a community that has something to offer each student, whether it be a club, or sport, that each student can participate in. They offer a wide variety of sports ranging from football, to girls lacrosse, and co-ed tennis. At Seton-La Salle, it is very easy for someone to find a sport to play, but there are those kids who still find sports to play outside of school such as, wrestling, hockey, and boxing. Being a student who falls into this category of kids who plays sports outside of school, I can relate to my fellow classmates Nick Agliori, and John Conley.
John Conley, a senior and lifelong hockey enthusiast has played the sport his whole life. When he got to high school, he was forced to find another team to play for, as Seton-La Salle does not offer this ice hockey as a sport.
When Conley was asked if he wished Seton offered this sport and he responded with, “I do and I don’t. I do wish they offered it here because it would be nice playing for the school you attend, but on the other hand, I got to make other friends from other schools, and meet new people.”
Conley is one of the leading scorers this year for the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles, while playing through a torn labrum.When asked about it, Conley said, “I love hockey. Playing with your friends, and traveling to games was something I was not going to miss. I showed my love of the game by playing through the labrum tear, and trying to help my team. I wasn’t going to let this ruin my senior year.” Conley plans to continue his hockey career whether it be for a college, or for a community team.
Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in history, played by the Greeks at the first Olympics. Nick Agliori wanted to continue this sport when he got to high school, but was forced to look elsewhere. He found a home at Carrick High School, where his older brothers also wrestled for the team. I asked Nick if it was harder for college coaches to recruit a kid who does not actually go the school they are playing for, and he said, “No, I don’t think so. I believe if you are good, a college scout will find you.” Luckily for Agliori, a multisport athlete, he never had to worry about this, because he got a scholarship to play football at Waynesburg University.
Being a boxer myself, yours truly can relate to the situation that these student athletes are in. I wished schools, not just Seton in general offered the great sport of pugilism, but I know that will never happen. Boxing is a rough sport, and not many parents would let their kids participate in it. Also, I imagine the insurance for the school would go up having their kids participate in such a rough sport.
Seton-La Salle is a well rounded community. Although it does not offer every sport under the sun, it still caters to the needs of its students. Sports are something students will always find ways to participate in, regardless if the school sponsors it or not. If a kid loves a sport, he or she should do everything they can to chase their dream and play what they love!