Love of the Game, Lack of a Field


Having a football field would provide a nice soccer and lacrosse field. It would also provide space for a track around it. (Pixabay)

As we are a small school, Brashier doesn’t have as many sports to offer in comparison to the typical public high school. Most schools have football, cheerleading, tennis, wrestling, lacrosse, and track, while we do not. Not having as many opportunities as most do for sports has led to controversial opinions and stereotypes that affect the overall view of our school.

“I think that Brashier not having as many sports opportunities may make other people look down on our school because they might view us as dweebs with no competition,” says sophomore Maggie Rossello.        

There are most definitely those out there who believe the stereotype that small charter schools are not the best at sports. Although some people may believe our school would have no chance in a competition against another team, others believe we would be an opponent that would really push the other team.

“I believe that we have some really good, athletic people at Brashier, and I think that, if we were to put all of them together to make a football team, we could be pretty good,” says junior Max Hunt.

It’s easy for people to think that Brashier is full of nerds with no athletic ability. This stereotype is pretty extreme and definitely false. Taking a look at our school as a whole shows that we do, in fact, have some athletic students who together would make a good team. With this said, there are those who believe that the athletic kids would be better off playing for another school instead of here.

“It wouldn’t be fair to force kids to play football or another sport we don’t have here for Brashier when they could be so much better by being pushed harder somewhere else,” says junior Kenya Adams.

It is likely true that an athlete playing a sport we don’t offer would be pushed harder at a large public high school. However, depending on the person, this could make their performance look worse compared to all the students who actually go there.

“If Brashier had a track team, it would be amazing. Because we’re a 2A school, the schools in our region are smaller than 5A schools. Running against teams in our own region would give us a better chance of performing well in comparison to the schools we’d be up against. Running for Hillcrest is nice, but the teams I run against are really good since they’re 5A. Running against schools our own size would make us look even better as individual runners and a school as a whole,” says senior Kendric Lindsey.

Some feel that it’s not a big deal about who athletes play a certain sport for as long as they’re playing the sport they love. These people may feel that playing the sport you love should be enough and that who you play against shouldn’t matter as long as you are progressing in your performance wherever you may be.

“I don’t think it really matters that we don’t have every sport because you can just play for the school you’re zoned for, so you still get to play the sport, learn new skills, and continuously better your overall performance,” says sophomore Zach Laird.

There’s a stereotype of what a small charter school can offer.  Perhaps an addition of a football team will bring the school together, increase school spirit, and change this stereotype.

“I think our school spirit would be better if we had more sports to offer, like football, because people at other schools would have a higher respect for us,” says sophomore Joel Houston.

Although other schools may look at us with less respect, the respect Brashier students have for each other definitely stands apart from those at a typical public high school.

“Playing football for Hillcrest has shown me how well-mannered people at Brashier are compared to public schools,” says senior Tanner Barnes.

Students in bigger schools are more likely to be overlooked, and with so many students, teachers and administration can’t keep up with all of them. Respect for the sports we do and don’t have can be based on stereotypical views along with the fact that we offer some sports with junior varsity and varsity teams.

“People tend to be surprised that we have J.V. and Varsity teams because they don’t expect such a small school to offer both. Instead, they just assume we’re too academically-based to really care to have another team up for competition,” says junior Cameron Szymanski.

While Brashier is indeed a smaller school that holds great accountability to students’ grades, we make room for sports and offer more than one team for sports like basketball. While offering more sports might give other schools more respect for us, it could possibly take some away from other sports we offer.

“I think if we were to have a track team, it might take away players from other spring sports. If track were an option at Brashier, someone who plays baseball or soccer might decide to try something new since it would be a convenient option,” says Lindsay.

Since we already don’t have many students, adding more sports would divide athletes up into even smaller teams. Depending on the athlete who leaves to try a new sport, the performance of the team as a whole could be affected negatively without them. While offering more sports may affect our own teams, students managing time to get to another school for practice can take a lot of work.

“If you don’t have a car and rely on your parents to take you to practice, it makes it much harder to arrive on time which makes coaches really mad,” says Barnes.

Public high school coaches tend to be a bit harder on athletes than coaches at Brashier. Trying to get from one school to another and still be at practice on time can be hard to manage. However, the time difference we have when school gets out compared to public high schools can be helpful.

“It’s not hard for me to manage my time between Brashier and Mauldin to get to lacrosse practice; since Brashier gets out earlier than public schools, it provides more time to get to where I need to be,” says sophomore Daelyn Anderson.

While some view it as more difficult than others to manage their time between two schools with two different schedules, in the end, new friendships are made that make all the effort worth it.

“I enjoy running track for Hillcrest because I have a lot of friends there. I think it would be nice to have a team here, though, because it’s always nice to play for your own school since it makes you feel more at home, but I would rather run at Hillcrest anyways because of the friendships I have made and want to continue to have. In the end, the time it takes to get to and from school and practice is well worth it,” says sophomore Donovan Springle.