Spring sports training trips return after Covid


Amira Dossani

Ava Lipsky, Staff Writer

Spring sport training trips are returning this spring break after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The trips will take place from March 26 to March 31 in Orlando, Florida for all eight spring teams except Boys Varsity Tennis, who will train in Newport Beach, California.

Each sport will practice for two to four hours each day and play against schools from other states, Girls Varsity Softball Coach Ray Barile said. The softball team will match up against Bergen Tech, Berkeley Carroll, and Jefferson Township and participate in a clinic with softball coach Cindy Corrado,

In addition to practicing, teams will have time to socialize at Universal Studios and Harry Potter World, movie nights, and parties. “There is a lot of camaraderie and team building when we’re not on the field,” Barile said.

Boys Varsity Lacrosse member Jackson Yoon (11) is especially excited to participate since it was canceled last year, he said. “It will be a great opportunity for the team to improve and get ready for the upcoming season. I also think the warm weather will make practice more enjoyable.”

The Boys Varsity Golf Team hopes their extra practice will pay off, after a rough last year, team member Matteo Monti (11) said. “We’re all ready to get back into shape –– last year we had to play in the cold, which hindered the start of our season,” he said.

Some students, such as Boys Varsity Track member Menya Obia (10) hopes the trip will help him catch up on lost practice time, he said. “I’m looking forward to running more, getting more fit, thickening my legs, and having fun with my team.”

Over in California, BVT will play against local schools, team member Josh Winiarsky (12) said. “These matches should help us find our rhythm and prepare for the season after break,” he said. “We have lots of new faces on the team, so it’ll be a great opportunity for everyone to get a sense of the competition level we might face this season.”