By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Tori Nyquist has always been a passionate athlete for Stayton. Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field.
The senior Eagle student-athlete admits ever-so slightly that it’s scary to think about this being it this school year as her and her younger sister Haili worked on a drill together to start Wednesday’s practice. Something that she hopes to carry over this Fall for one last journey with her friends and teammates.
“It’s scary. I’ve really enjoyed my high school years with sports and more than anything I’ve been passionate with my sports; but I just want to make it win-or-lose, I want to enjoy it. I just hope that our hard work pays off and turns out well,” Nyquist said.
Stayton will look to replace the offensive production of Maddie Pask, but the Eagles do return a solid core of upperclassmen returnees from this past Spring’s 4-3-1 season.
The Nyquist Sisters, Karlee Tyler, Rian Hill, Janica Trujillo, Alissa Humphreys and Tayven Whieldon are some of the names looking to help sustain the momentum has built since their freshman years when the program won its first ever league title, going 11-2-2 that year and reached the 4A Quarterfinal round.
Whieldon pointed to the similarities between this year to their freshman year considering the squad was leaning senior-heavy between the two squads.
“It’s nice since we’re another senior-heavy team. We have six or seven seniors coming out, which is fun playing out our last year and finishing strong hopefully,” Whieldon said.
Over the Summer, the squad picked up some scrimmages here and there. Picking up the experience and testing out a few different lineups in preparations for Gladstone on Tuesday evening in Stayton.
“For our Summer Scrimmages we were just really rebuilding and learning who all were going to be playing and who we are as a team. For our game against Gladstone, it’s going to be a real test to see who’s going to go for us,” Whieldon said.
The season kicks off Tuesday night at 6pm against the Gladiators.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald