nights are football nights in little ol’ Hatteras. With a large
turnout, the football field is the place to be before greeting the long
awaited weekend. Today however, the field lies dormant-- with no
markings to indicate yards, and even the benches have taken a step into
the background opposite to their usual spot.
the start of the school year, students of Cape Hatteras Secondary
School received the unfortunate news that the high school, as well as
the middle school, would be without a football team. This alone sent
several other clubs into a small frenzy, considering both the
cheerleaders and marching band use football nights as a stage to
perform and showcase their progress. Today, our schools stand with no
football teams or cheerleaders - leaving the school’s spirit on the
shoulders of the marching band and other fall sports.
Rausch, high school football coach, is staying optimistic despite the
lack of a team with eyes already set on the horizon for next year’s
season. As far as his outlook and opinion on the matter, coach Rausch
said, “It was a lack of commitment… we had enough for a team, but only
eight players showed up for practice.”
even so, the coach is not worried for the future of the school's
football program. Rausch confirms, “Players are already approaching me
and saying, ‘I miss football.’” With this ordeal, the coach feels
confident that more players will sign up next year after having missed
out on it this year. As far as his plan, Mr. Rausch has already
scheduled meetings, starting as early as this year to hopefully see
just how committed players are.
for the cheerleaders, there’s a high chance that they are the ones
facing the most challenges. Mrs. Garcia, a former coach of the
cheerleading squad, voiced her concerns - mainly emphasizing the lost
opportunity for practice before winter competitions, and mentioning the
possibility of the declining popularity of cheerleading itself. Despite
all of that, she wishes the best for future cheerleaders and the
marching band has adopted the ‘business as usual’ attitude, or at least
those who’ve already marched before an audience; it’s an entirely
different story for the ‘new guys’ who have to jump into the fray,
before testing waters. Senior and percussionist, Christopher Zavala,
has taken note of this but is not worried in the least bit.
“Surprisingly, they have been able to keep up with everything.” While
the lack of a football team did make them readjust their schedule, the
marching band continues doing what it does best and marches on.
Note: This article was submitted by CHSS student and yearbook staff
member Carlos Escobar. The Island Free Press is delighted to be working
with journalism students and writers from CHSS this year, and will be
posting their work in our Commentary & Guest Columns page as they
continue to grow into exceptional journalists.