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Students struggle to balance athletics and academics

Aaron King, Reporter

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Students who participate in sports are put under a lot of pressure to succeed. They have goals and expectations to meet, and can get behind in schoolwork and other things while occupied by sports.

Andrew Hansen, a GJHS senior, has played three sports all three years of high school, and is on track to play three sports again his senior year. He has played varsity soccer all four years of high school, he has played varsity basketball three of his four years of high school as well. He has played varsity baseball two of his three years, and is on track to play varsity baseball again later this year in the spring.

“There is a decent amount of pressure and stress to succeed, especially with all the previous track records of success for each sport. Playing multiple sports helps because there’s not a lot of down time to think about each,” Hansen said.

Hansen feels more pressure in baseball than his other sports. “It’s not continuous. In other sports you can fix things with more opportunities to prove yourself. Each play is more important in baseball,” Hansen, said.

Although Hansen has had stress over each of his sports, his family and coaches take a lot of that stress off of him.

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