While they may have practiced on their own, gotten together with a few teammates to try and keep their skills sharp, or participated with organized squads from various leagues, the Essex High School (EHS) teams had not gotten together as the Hornets for almost two years – until this week.
Essex High crews returned to the fields, courts, and track recently to begin their preseason training and get ready for the April 17 start date of competition. Making the student-athletes’ return to practice under the Hornet umbrella that-much better was the great weather they experienced this week.
The Reporter was able to stop by and capture some photos of the baseball, softball, boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse, and softball teams in action on Thursday – as well as a few shot put athletes from the track and field team. We plan to get more photos of the track and field team, boys’ and girls’ rugby, girls’ tennis, and ultimate frisbee next week.
Thoughts from the Hornets
Boys’ lacrosse senior Jeff Del Trecco: “We're all coming out with, in a sense, a chip on our shoulder. And we want to be back. We're all excited. So we're out here working hard because of the time we lost prior, to try and get it back as best we can. I'm happy to see my friends, my teammates, and we’re just going to keep rolling.”
Boys’ lacrosse head coach Ira Isham: “Tryouts for lacrosse are usually done in the gym or running around the track with snow on the ground; I can remember my senior year when we shoveled the snow off the field. So to have this weather is a blessing.”
Baseball senior Matt Puleo: “Last week, we started off strong with pitchers and catchers all week – came in, got our arms ready, and then everyone's been showing up and working hard, hustling this past week. It's been going great so far. Since we lost last year and then didn't know until recently even if we were going to have a season this year – it just makes it mean even more for everyone just to get back out here.”
Baseball head coach Tim Root: “Obviously, it's fantastic. The first day of practice, you can hear the ball hit the bat, and yesterday we did infield-outfield, so they're making cuts and kids are talking… it just sounds like baseball. It just seems like the world is getting back to normal.”