Archers’ event focuses on team bonding
By: Ashley Biundo
Students walking by the PE building on Tuesday, Sept. 13 were greeted with the smell of barbecue, but it was the Archer athletes who joined the festivities.
Archer athletes from the Meramec, Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses joined together as one team, despite representing different sports teams from baseball and softball to basketball and soccer.
“I think [having the Barbecue] is important for the student athletes to kind of get together and get to know each other because we are spread out across three different campuses. It gives them a chance to know the people they might not meet otherwise,” said STLCC Athletic Director Shawn Summe.
The teams not only joined to learn about one another, they also reflected on their team’s progress and potential.
“I think we look like we have made a lot of progress since we started. We are getting 1 percent better everyday and I am excited to start our season,” said Haley Franklin, softball player.
Hope Beckerle, women’s soccer player, said the team expects to win regionals.
“We are doing a lot better than last year. We work a lot better this year as a team. We are getting a lot more offensive opportunities and scored goals every game and that’s not what we were getting last year,” she said.
The men’s soccer team is also striving for more wins, said Ben Holmes, defensive player.
“We expect to win nationals and I think we have come very far this season already, being undefeated. We drawled our last two games and we are going to bounce back with winning against East Central.” Charles Jones of the men’s basketball team said preseason is underway.
‘[Preseason] is going amazing. We keep running a lot. Over and over again. The fun part about it is I get to continue to bond with the teammates.”