Starting next week, we will be posting a weekly feature called "Bear Tracks," which will highlight Tahoma football alumni and what they're up to after high school. If you know a graduated Bear football player that we should feature, have them fill out our questionnaire at http://goo.gl/BuFuO.
Stay tuned next week for our first "Bear Tracks" feature!
Relentless is a word I use to describe people who will not take no for an answer! They try things one way, and if that doesn't work they try it another way. But they don't give up. If you are about to break beneath the stress of intense struggles - be relentless! Do not quit!
A terrible thing happens to people who give up too easily. It's called regret. It's the nagging, knawing feeling that says, "If I had tried harder, I would have succeeded." Granted, we all experience some degree of failure. That's how we learn to grow. The problem isn't failure; it's when we fail and question if it was our lack of committment that allowed us to forfeit an opportunity to turn the test into triumph! We can never be sure of the answer unless we rally our talents, muster our courage, and focus our stregnth to achieve a goal. If we don't have the passion to be relentless, then we should leave it alone.
Monday, May 27 - 4:00-6:00 equipment issued for players with over 30 offseason workouts. Remaining players will get their equipment after practice on 5/28, 5/30, and 5/31. Plan to stay late if you are getting your equipment after practice.
Spring Practice Dates:
5/27 - GEAR
Practices are 3:00-6:00 with the exception of:
5/31 - 6-8pm (THS Spring Fling)
6/1 - 6-8pm (SAT Test)
6/8 (ACT Test)
6/15 for the Jamboree
There will be a bus for 9th graders after school to get them from the junior high to the high school for practice.
Jamboree on June 15th will start at 7:00 and include Issaquah, Mt Si, and Hazen.
Players will need a current physical to participate in spring practices.
Per the new WIAA summer football practice polices, players will need three days of practice in shorts and helmets before they can practice in full pads. Players will need 7 total practices in order to compete in the jamboree on the 15th.
WE'D LIKE TO INVITE ALL OF YOU TO A "REUNION" AT THE JAMBOREE ON JUNE 15TH AT 7:00. THERE IS NO CHARGE - JUST A CHANCE FOR YOU TO CONNECT WITH YOUR FOOTBALL FAMILY. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
Looking for some Tahoma Football spirit wear? Need something to light up the dark offseason until fall rolls around? Glow in the dark spirit wear is available for order right now through Cloud 9 Sports.
With Spring practices right around the corner, now is a great time to refresh your equipment for the 2013 season. Eastbay Team Services is offering Tahoma football athletes special deals on equipment. It's simple to do - order by phone, and have the equipment shipped to you. For more information, see the attached order form.
In our weekly "Bear Tracks" feature, we catch up with a Tahoma Football alumnus and find out what they are doing after graduation.
At a school that has traditionally prided itself on running the ball effectively, it is no small feat to be ranked among the all-time school greats in that category. The 2002 football season was a prime example of that tradition, as the Bears amassed the third best rushing season in the record books. As a team, they rushed for over 215 yards per game, and running back Vincent Schroder was a key cog in that attack.
Schroder’s season currently stands as the third-best rushing season in Tahoma history. In a season shortened by injuries (he missed a game and a half with a concussion, and missed another game with a separated shoulder), Schroder finished with 1,040 yards on 187 carries, averaging over 5.5 yards per carry. In addition, his 12 TD’s puts him 5th on the school’s all-time scoring list. In one game alone, Schroder carried the ball 28 times for an incredible 235 yards and 5 touchdowns.
His success on the field and in the classroom earned Schroder an opportunity to continue playing football at Jamestown College. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by a freak knee injury. In spite of this misfortune, Schroder points out that it taught him a valuable lesson about football and sports: “One injury can take it all away and all you have is the memories. So take it all in and build those bonds with your teammates and coaches.”
In addition to playing football, lacrosse and running track at Tahoma, Schroder developed an ability to “interact with citizens, be able to think outside the box, and get jobs complete.” These skills have helped him succeed in his current career with the City of Bellevue as a lead worker in the Street Maintenance Department.
The lessons he learned have also stayed all these years after graduating. “Never give up on your goals and dreams,” he suggests, “and you’re only as strong as your weakest link.” Schroder continues to pass on those dreams to the next generation of Tahoma football players by volunteering as a coach with the Maple Valley Youth Football program.
Football also taught Schroder “to enjoy the moment, because when it’s over, it’s over.” At the end of the day, he says, football is great, but the relationships with teammates and coaches, he says, are what matter when you’re done with the game. “Some of my favorite memories are with Coach Curtis Bogan.”
Do you know a Tahoma Football alum doing amazing things after graduating? Send us a tip (with their contact info) at email@example.com or have them fill out our questionnaire: http://goo.gl/BuFuO.