After a successful 2016 season, the Northwood Timberwolves begin 2017 with home games on Tuesday and Thursday against Tesoro HS and Segerstrom HS (both games at 4pm).
Seniors Collin Press, Brian May, and Andrew Wraith were selected as this year’s team captains. They were each asked to share a little bit about the upcoming season:
How was Hell Week?
BM: “hell week went extroardinarily well. Our entire team pushed through some really difficult work outs and tedious swims.
CP: “hell week consisted of many early mornings and swim sets, but it was worth it because our team is stronger and faster than before.”
AW: “hell week went really well as always. The team seems to be improving in swim and leg conditioning and our intervals are getting faster and faster (with everyone making them).”
How does the team look?
BM: “the team looks very strong. Not only filled with fast swimmers, but shooters, defenders, and great teammates.”
CP: “despite our starting goalie (Leon Shi), a good bud of mine, being out of the water more than we would like with an injury – I’m feeling pretty confident in our team because this year we have the best chemistry we’ve had in the 3 years that I’ve been a Varsity starter.”
What’s the biggest challenge with being captain this season?
BM: “the biggest challenge this season as captain will be maintaining our team chemistry and work ethic as we face some talented teams.”
CP: “maintaining high team spirit and work ethic when the conditioning gets tough.”
AW: “bringing everyone together this season both in and out of the water. All of us are pretty close outside of the water, but our team chemistry can still be improved.”
What are some of the team’s goals this season?
BM: “some of our team goals are to go all the way to our division’s finals in CIF. I truly believe our team to have the skill and work ethic to reach that level.”
CP: “our team goals are to make a respectable run in D3 CIFs and to have a positive league record.”
AW: “all of us want to try and get 2nd in league this season and hopefully make a deep CIF run. These are realistic goals and we are working hard towards them.”
How do you feel about this week’s games?
BM: “everyone should come to this week’s home openers! We’ve worked hard during the off-season and hope to see a lot of people!”
AW: “this week’s home openers are just a start and we want to show how much our work has paid off. Since it is still the beginning of the season, it will give us things we need to work on and train for. As always, we hope to win but we hope to improve our team chemistry and work towards our goals further in the season.”
COACH KYLE’S THOUGHTS:
Last season was an exciting and challenging year – especially since you do not get to make CIF Semi-Finals that often. Since our goal was to win CIFs last year, however, it left a lot of returners feeling motivated to push themselves even harder during the off-season. During club practices/games, summer camp, and hell week – it has been fun, as a coach, to see all of their individual improvements as well as their stronger team chemistry both in and out of the water. This will definitely be one of our deepest teams in recent years, especially with four returning ALL-CIF players.
The ultimate goal is always to win a CIF championship and we already know how difficult the journey is. I would say, for this year’s team, the most challenging part is trying to stay disciplined and play our game as consistently as possible. If we can achieve that, I know that we will have a successful season.