Senior athletes look back
The last bell sounded through the halls of Tahoe-Truckee High School Wednesday morning, releasing students at the end of another long day.While this parole was merely one of too many left before that glorious last day on June 13 for much of the student body, the elders could hear a hum in the air.”School’s out for Summer – school’s out forever!” In the likeness of big-screen classic Dazed and Confused, the senior class of 2001 sauntered through the parking lot yesterday afternoon, enjoying their last performance as high school students.For every senior that moment meant freedom, accomplishment and perhaps a bit of fear. The end of high school marks the close of familiarity, simplicity and dependency – a spring cleaning of sorts to make way for an entirely new season.For student athletes, the four-year mark is particularly bittersweet as old coaches and teammates make way for new ones on the collegiate level or perhaps club sports.The Sierra Sun decided to highlight three very different athletes this week, to look back on their four years of high school and competition as well as look ahead to their futures.All three have been standouts on their teams and leaders in the community.Together they represent eight different sports teams, years of practice and dedication, have a combined number of awards and honors that are too numerous to count, and will be representing the Town of Truckee on and off the field at universities throughout California and Nevada next year.Teal Skye Cutter, 18Member of Wolverine golf, basketball and softball teamsFills her days snowboarding and laying out on the docks with friends during the summer.Most memorable moment in high school?High school itself is its own memorable moment. All of the fun and drama.Most embarrassing moment?No comment.Best sports memory?Away game against Spring Creek with the basketball team this season. Though we didn’t play very well, my friends and I had a lot of fun on the trip.Favorite season/sport?This year’s softball team was my favorite and most memorable because we weren’t just friends on the field but off the field as well.Academic Honors/Awards:Honor roll (9-12), Defensive MVP for 2001 softball seasonPlans for next year?Will attend Santa Barbara City College in the fall and then I’m going to travel around the world.I want to learn about different cultures and experience the lifestyles of foreigners.What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? 20 years?I want to be a rich elementary school teacher and be happily married living somewhere warm. In 20 years I want to be retired, happily married and living somewhere warm.Best thing about Truckee High School?Knowing everything about everyone.Worst aspect?Everyone knowing everything about you.Favorite aspect of Truckee?I have grown up with all of my friends since kindergarten – they are my favorite thing about this town. Also, the summers are great here.Gary Cook, 18Member of Wolverine football, Alpine skiing and baseball teamsSpends his free time snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and waterskiing.Most memorable moment of high school? Playing football.Most embarrassing moment?Can’t recall any.Best sports memory?Receiving the Athlete of the Year Award for the 2000/2001 season.Favorite season?Winter, because I can snowmobile.Academic Honors/Awards:Who’s Who Among American High School Students, All League Alpine Skiing (4 years), Senior Male Athlete of the Year 2000/2001, Varsity Baseball MVP 2001, Varsity Male Alpine Skiing MVP 2001, All Conference football- kicker, punter, outside linebacker (2000), All State Football- kicker (1999, 2000), punter (2000).Plans for next year?Kicking for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas football team where he will major in Construction Management.What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? 20 years?Gary hopes to be running his own construction business in 10 years and is looking to retire in 20 years’ time.What is your favorite aspect of Truckee living?The snow, of course.Least favorite part of Truckee?Tourists.Overall thoughts on Truckee High School?I believe that my education in the math, science and Spanish departments was good. Sports were an important part of my time at TTHS.What will you miss most about the high school & sports?I will miss the coaches the most. Their inspiration and encouragement helped me get through these years.Cali Pratt, 18Member of Wolverine soccer, basketball, softball and Nordic skiing teams.In her free time, Cali snowboards, hikes, goes camping, travels and hangs out with friends.Most memorable moment in high school?By far the most memorable was winning States in soccer my sophomore year against Incline.Most embarrassing moment?My freshman year in soccer, getting thrown in the mud by the upper-classmen right in from of the boy’s team.Best sports memory?Competing internationally my sophomore year in Spain and Denmark. I will never forget winning the Championship game for first place.Favorite season/sport?My favorite sport is soccer.Academic Honors/Awards:Honor roll (9-12), Honors on Golden State Exam, Who’s Who Among American Students in Math, Soccer MVP (3 years), Softball MVP, Nevada 3A Overall MVP Award 2000/2001 seasonPlans for next year?I was awarded a number of grants and a generous scholarship which will allow me to attend St. Mary’s University in Moraga, Calif. I plan on getting my degree in teaching and will hopefully be part of their Division I soccer team.What you hope to be doing in 10 years? 20 years?In 10 years I hope to be working as a teacher in Northern California and playing soccer. In 20, I hope to still be playing soccer, be happily married with a couple of kids.Best thing about TTHS?You know everyone.Worst thing about TTHS?You know everyone.Favorite aspect of Truckee living?It is so beautiful here! We have the best of all seasons.
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