Game Changer: Asheville High Field Hockey
Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 11:57 AM EDT
Successful student athletes have to strike a balance between academics and on-field performance. One particular group has taken that challenge to a whole new level. The Asheville High School field hockey team has achieved great things in a short amount of time. The Cougars are this week's Game Changer.
Field Hockey is one of the most popular sports around the world. People in 127 different countries participate. Asheville High player, Graycen Dave, says it takes a lot of patience and is also a mentally engaging sport.
Asheville High is one of the only public schools in the mountains to participate in field hockey. The Cougars made it all the way to the state semifinals last year. Asheville High player, Bre Capel, says even though they didn't win, it was a great honor.
Playing varsity field hockey at Asheville High requires a lot of time on the bus. Ashevile High Field Hockey Coach, Lauren Kaye, says the team travels to Winston Salem, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, and all across the state.
The girls have mastered the art of getting their school work done. The team grade point average last year was 3.8. Katie Messersmith says, "in season, most of the team does better." Even doing their homework together on the bus rides.
These girls have been practicing all summer long, working on their shots, their skills, and of course don't forget about defense. On Tuesday, Asheville High beat Asheville School 2-1 for their second win of the season.