After going around the school asking if cheer should be considered a sport, the results were mixed, but eventually, everybody ended up thinking it should be considered a sport.
The Oxford Dictionary defines a sport as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”
“When I think of cheerleading I think of those who cheer on the sports teams, not an actual sport.” Maggie Sovak (‘21)
Technically speaking cheerleading fits the definition of a sport in a sense. The majority of high school cheer teams are competitive and all college cheer teams compete. There are divisions of cheer just like other sports [D1, D2, D3]
“Cheerleading is more than just dancing, we also stunt and jump which gives us the whole aspect of being a sport.” (Daisy Restrepo ‘21)
Around the school, many students feel that cheer shouldn’t be considered a sport, but after telling people, like Sovak, the definition of a sport their perspectives changed for the better.
“After hearing the definition I do think that cheerleading is a sport and I now understand why cheerleaders are so passionate about their sport because it would be frustrating to hear that something you work so hard at is minimized and criticized by people who disagree.” (Maggie Sovak ‘21)
Many cheerleaders feel offended when people don’t think of cheer as a sport for obvious reasons.
“I know why cheerleaders are passionate about it being a sport because I was a cheerleader for three years. We’re passionate about it [making sure cheer is considered a sport] because many people think it doesn’t involve physical activity, and it makes us a little frustrated.” (Sydney Mouzon ‘20)
Many others, like Sydney, want their sport to be put on the map of one of the toughest athletic options out there. Current cheer member Daisy Restrepo feels that her team works especially very hard to compete and win championship titles in States and FCIACs.
“I hope that we get top three at all of our competitions this year because we’ve improved so much over such a small amount of time.”
Now that the mechanics of cheer has been broken down, it should be considered a sport all around the U.S. to give the girls, and guys, some credit.
Isabel Anber (‘19) always knew she wanted to swim for as long as possible when she joined the New Canaan YMCA swim team at the age of six. When she verbally committed to swim at James Madison University on September 17th, 2018, her dream was coming true.
“My mom is the youngest of 5 sisters and they all swam in college. Places like Columbia to Yale, and I wanted to be just like them.” Anbar explained.
James Madison University wasn’t her only option however. “I knew I wanted to be down south so I started there and I looked at big SEC schools and ACC schools like UNC, UMiami, Arkansas, and some Big 10 schools like Michigan State, and Ohio State.”
Anbar decided on James Madison University knowing she would be able to compete at more meets and contribute the most. However, her journey to a Division I college wasn't an easy one.
“The hardest part is definitely the mental aspect. One of my old coaches would tell me I wasn't good enough, which was really damaging and through the years I felt like I had to win.” On top of the mental aspect, Anbar has encountered injuries delaying her from the sport she loves most.
“When I was 12 I stressed fractured my growth plates and was out of the water for 3 months and now I have a torn labrum in my left shoulder which limits the things I can swim.” Despite these setbacks, Anbar has been able to push through and will carry on the swimming legacy in the years to come.
The Brien McMahon boys’ soccer team took a heartbreaking loss ( 4-1) against Pomperaug High School on November 6, 2018 in Southbury, CT.
Goalie Bert Santiago (‘19) was very upset about the loss. He was kicked in the face when going for a save and the metal form his braces hit his cheek and cut open his lip. He was then taken out of the game from a very bad injury “I got a lacerated lip, I was sent to the hospital and don’t remember anything after.” Santiago added, “My friends told me at the hospital, they asked me what day it was and I said Tuesday, but it was actually Sunday.”
Captain George Simpson (‘19) felt that the team’s biggest weakness was communication. “As a team once we conceded goals at times, we would try to dribble out the back or give away a free kick or try a fancy flick that would lose the ball then we’d concede.”
The Senators as a team, felt that if they were more aggressive during that game more progress would have been a resultant. “I think if we had played more aggressive, we would have been able to compete with them because they were more aggressive than us.” -Santiago.
Even though they took a loss, they’re still proud of how far they had come through all the ups and downs they’ve endured through the season. They all truly worked hard as a team. “I feel like we accomplished a lot such as first time in 12 years we made FCIACs. It was emotional when the final whistle went knowing that it was now all over. We stuck together through it all and to see how far the program has come in the last four years.” said Simpson.
By: Sophia Tarasidis
Pridetime Senior Editor
As the fall sports start to wrap up some of the season athletes are getting straight into preseason for the next sport. Many of the winter sports athletes are working hard and training for their upcoming season.
Lila Young (‘21), is doing things a little differently at McMahon making her stand out from other athletes in the school.
As a three-sport athlete, who plans on playing for the girls' basketball team for her second year, she decided it was time to step things up.
Three days a week, Young wakes up at 6 a.m and works out with the boys’ basketball team being the only girl.
“I started working out with the boys' team because I felt I was really out of shape and I didn’t want to feel like that before the season started. I wanted to play with harder competition, which would be the boys. They make me a better athlete.”
Young felt like she really needed to get back into gear for her upcoming season and by practicing with the boys she was given a challenge that she was ready to accept.
“The boys and the girls' workouts are just different levels of ability because of the different abilities of boys and girls. I walk into the workouts knowing that I'm going to have to try a lot harder.”
By practicing with the boys’ team she is showing that she wants to help her team get as far as they can.
After the girls' basketball team ended their season with a record of 6-14 they are all working hard to have a better outcome this upcoming season.
They might not all be working out with the boys’ team, like Lila Young, but they are all working hard during their free time to get the results that they want.
“Me working out will help during my season because I will be in better shape and I will have played harder competition, it will increase my abilities,” Young mentioned.
Girls basketball will be holding tryouts on November 26 at 2:30 p.m in the Mary Kehoe and Ralph King Gymnasium.
They will also be held on November 27 and November 28 at 4 p.m in the Mary Kehoe and Ralph King Gymnasium.
By: Will Acuna
Pridetime Senior Editor
The Brien McMahon basketball team has a lot of potential for this upcoming winter season with high expectations from each player and most importantly the new head coach.
The number one question being asked all throughout the school is, will the boys’ basketball team be any good this year?
Jason Tagariello (‘19), has full faith for his coach and teammates saying, “I think this year will definitely be a positive year because we have some people from varsity last year that are returning and they can just put their talent on the court once again.”
The team has some amazing talent and experience, and when asking Justin Longo (‘19) who will bring it to the team, without a thought he said, “Saikwon Williams because he is an all-around great player. He can dunk on kids and he is very athletic with a great mid-range shot!”
However, with a new year comes change. From new leaders on the team, losing a good amount of seniors, and having an entirely new head coach, the boys are preparing for any challenges that might be presented in the 2018-2019 season.
When talking about changes, varsity player Peter Neglia (‘19), says, “I’m not worried at all. Last year we had about seven juniors on varsity, so I think the returning players will be good role models for others.”
So how do the boys feel about their new head coach (Mr. Laprad)?
Longo mentioned, “I love coach Laprad, I think he is such a good head coach and he is someone we need for the team.”
Tryouts for the freshmen boys’ basketball team will be held on November 29 and November 30 at 6:30-8:30 p.m in the Mary Kehoe and Ralph King Gymnasium.
Tryouts for the JV and Varsity boys’ basketball team will be held on November 29 and November 30 at 2:30-4:30 p.m in the Mary Kehoe and Ralph King Gymnasium.
Will the Senators ever win on the Thanksgiving game against hometown rivals, Norwalk High School?
After last weeks blow out against the St. Joseph Cadets' (55-6) and being held to only six points for the third week in the row, the Senators' look for a way to respond to not being able to score more than two touchdowns.
The Senators' will face off against the Norwalk Bears' on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. This will be the biggest game that the Senators' look forward to playing all season.
The Bears' have an advantage having two more wins than the Senators' being (4-5) as the Senators' have a record of (2-7).
Unfortunately, the Bears' have beat the Senators' for the last five years in a row and McMahon looks to make history for their school.
The Bears' have beaten the East Lyme Vikings', Westhill Vikings', Trumbull Eagles', and Trinity Catholic.
The Senators' have beaten the Stamford Black Knights' and the Central Hilltoppers'.
Even though the Senators' have only had six points in the last three games, their offense is getting better each week as they're starting to move the ball better and make bigger plays. If they continue to work hard, the Bears' are going to be in trouble.
On the Bears' side of the ball, they are working on picking up their defensive side because on a season average they let over 25 points per game.
On the other hand, their offense has kept them in a lot of times with a season average of 26 points per game and each time they win they put up over 40 points.
Junior captain, Patrick Coulter, says, “I feel like it's going to be a shootout this game.”
It seems the Senators are staying humble for the big game.
Senior captain Thaddeus Burrus (‘19), said, “I think we have the advantage up front on both sides of the line. Our defense is better and they have a better offense so it will come down to who wants it more.”
When he was born, Aquiles Diamandis, often called ‘Aqui’ was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a rare, noncancerous condition that can cause bone deformities like the one seen in his right leg. This condition caused the tibia bone to thin, making it very fragile. At the age of two, Aqui broke his leg. Many surgeries have been performed in an attempt to fuse the tibia and fibula bones together with a rod, all failed. He had to wear a brace for most his childhood - making it hard for him to and participate in physical activities, let alone walk.
“It was depressing because me and my parents weren't sure what the future was going to hold for me, most people who have this condition get their leg amputated.”
But this never seemed to affect his competitive spirit and his love for sports. Aqui was very competitive with his brothers Xanthus and Ajax in everything they did. They would often play tackle football and basketball even though Aqui wasn’t supposed to. His older brother Ajax, a former captain of Track and Cross Country (‘17), now runs for Columbia University, and served as his motivation to always strive to find a better version of himself.
“We never stopped competing. Whether is was over a video game or a sport, we always competed with each other,” said Ajax. His family is always supporting him and always reminds Aqui that he can do whatever he wants and that he can break through his limitations.
Growing up, Aqui was the burden of ridicule from other kids, often called names - one of them was ‘cripple’. But this never affected him, he made sure that he was always one-upping his haters. Luckily, at 7 years old the Diamandis family was able to find a doctor to perform a risky, yet successful surgery on his leg. Amputation was avoided - now the sky was the limit for Aqui. During his freshman year here he found his love for track and field from which he attributes to his older brother. The love for working out was real.
“Part of the reason I fell in love with working out was because when I had the brace on my leg I kind of felt scrawny, and weak compared to everyone else,” says Aqui. “I hated asking for help, I thought if i got bigger then i won't have to ask anyone else for help.”
Going into his freshman year, Aqui was 5’10’’ only weighing 135 pounds, he says. Starting off it was hard because he has just got done with a surgery to implant a permanent rod in his leg, he was at a disadvantage and would often find himself putting up less weight than everyone else. He knew he had to work harder than everyone else - and he did. His reps skyrocketed. He frequented the weight room on most days after everyone left.
“He has 100% work ethic, he's committed, he’s disciplined,” says track and field coach Mr. Bradley. “You know, when you look at him you don't even notice. I mean he dedicated himself that much that he is able to put himself above some kids.”
Aqui says that there is never an off-season for him - you find him lifting all year round. His sophomore year he was able to bench 215 lbs., front squat 100 lbs., and clean 160lbs. Those numbers have only improved - dramatically - over the past year. His goal for this upcoming track season is to bench 285, front squat 225, and clean 180.
Aqui has a favorite quote that summarizes his life and represents the integrity he has shown throughout it. He wants everyone who feels like they are limited to do the things they love to walk away with this quote from the movie ‘Rocky’. Sylvester Stalone said it best.
”It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”.
As she runs across the pitch, with the wind blowing through her hair, the ball gravitates to her feet, she kicks the ball with all her force - another goal for number nine!
Peyton McNamara (‘20), is devoted to playing soccer. She has been in love with the sport her whole life, from preschool parks and rec, to California for The United States National Team training. McNamara helped the McMahon varsity soccer team make it to FCIAC and state appearances the past two years.She is already hoping (and working) to get even farther next year. When soccer season is over, she also does long jump and she runs track for the McMahon team, with the same convincing athleticism.
“I started playing soccer because my older brother had been doing soccer as his fall sport and I would always join in and play with him.”
McNamara has been playing soccer since she was three years old. Her brother was a big influence on her, as she wouldn’t have started playing soccer if it wasn’t for him. She’s played many different positions her whole life so rarely ever sticking to just one, until she settled for the up-and-down, fast paced nature of the midfield.
“My main position right now is attacking center mid. I’ve been moved around a lot because I’m a very versatile player, so I get put in many different places depending on what team im playing for or what team I’m going against.”
Ohio State wasn’t the only school that wanted her, despite only one high school season under her belt, many other schools reached out as well. Many schools that emailed her and showed interest were ivy leagues, they saw she often is featured on the Ruden Report, and now even has an official profile on the US National Roster. The schools that she considered were Princeton, Boston College, Syracuse, Upenn, and Ohio state. She picked to go to Ohio State because she just felt that it was the perfect school for her.
“I committed to Ohio State because I fell in love with the school. It felt like where I belonged and where I wanted to continue the rest of my soccer career. I loved the coaches and the coaches loved me, I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”
Ohio State currently sits as the 35th team in the nation, per NCAA. She will be welcomed to Columbus with open arms in the fall of 2020, perhaps with her eyes set on the 2023 women’s world cup in Australia.
November 14th is the date that high school athletes are allowed to officially sign with the colleges they have been recruited by. On this day, three of Brien McMahon's most talented athletes sat down in front of many of their friends and family to sign their way into the next four years of their life. As can be expected emotions were on full display with one athlete, Justin Forde, even getting choked up with how powerful the moment was for him. Below are the stories of each athlete and why they ultimately choose their institution.
Eduardo Vargas Becomes a Gael
Brendan Duddy & Reggie Fleurancy
PrideTime Senior Editor & PrideTime Reporter
One of the lingering questions among athletes at McMahon is who is going to commit to a college for their sport along with when and where to. One of these athletes is Eduardo Vargas who has now officially committed to the Iona College mens’ soccer team.
“I feel good about this coach, he really seems to like me and he's a good guy. He is one of the only coaches I have been contacted by that believe in freshman playing their first year if they deserve it and work for it,” said Vargas in regards to how he feels about his new head coach.
Vargas, who credits his family and past coaches for his success, says he chose Iona in part because of its proximity to his home. “A big role was because my family could come watch my games and I could go back to Norwalk whenever I want.”
“I dream of playing in the Premier League but obviously that's a huge step, I would have to go to the MLS first and then get scouted from there to go overseas to a good team in Europe. I dream of playing on Manchester City,” said Vargas.
Chloe Ortolano Signs with Providence
Brandon Miller & Brendan Duddy
PrideTime Reporter & PrideTime Senior Editor
For someone who has been playing soccer since she was about four or five years old, Chloe Ortolano (‘19) has worked as hard as she could to reach her goals. On November 14, she took the next step in this goal and signed with No. 51 ranked Providence College.
Even with the hard work, Ortolano thanks her parents most of all saying, “My parents have been my biggest supporters, they helped me get to where I am today.” She went on to mention that because of her relationship with her family, she wanted to be a good distance from home but not too far.
Ortolano, who was also being looked at by schools such as Boulder and Villanova, says she ultimately decided on Providence because it had everything she was looking for. “The atmosphere, people, the location and receiving an athletic scholarship,” had to do with helping her decide on her final decision. She also stated that her coach had an impact on her decision because, “He motivates the team and is very supportive.”
Ortolano has played other sports throughout her life but stuck with soccer because she enjoyed playing it the most. She will now have the opportunity to continue playing the sport she truly loves.
Justin Forde Joins the "U"
Reggie Fleurancy & Brendan Duddy
PrideTime Reporter & PrideTime Senior Editor
Justin Forde had no intentions of becoming a track star but when he joined the McMahon track team to impress a girl he had a crush on, he ended up leaping into being the No. 2 recruit in the country from the 2019 class and signing with the University of Miami.
“I never knew I would be one of the best track athletes in the country” said Forde who added: “I had 60+ phone calls, I could’ve went anywhere in the country.”
Forde says was being recruited by every division 1 school in the country with the exception of Harvard. “Miami wanted me before everyone! They didn’t just hand me a scholarship, but they told me what I have to do to get a scholarship and I went above those standards. When I went on my official visit, it felt like home.”
Forde has an amazing leaping ability and therefore competes in the high jump, triple jump, and long jump for the track team. Forde was amazed that he was No. 2 in the country and that all of these colleges where messaging him and giving him offers especially his dream school UCLA. All of these messages that he got and schools saying that they want him made him feel that he needed to work harder. “It made me want to work harder so when it’s time to make my decision I would be happy and not be forced into choosing a school that I wouldn’t want to go to.”
His goal right now is to be the No. 1 high end track jumper in the country. “I want to lead the Country by a long shot!” His college goal is to work harder than the rest and make it to the Olympics in 2020. To Forde anything is possible in his head and it’s not cockiness, it’s confidence. “My long term goal is to be the best ever, if you know me, nobody will tell me 'no'.”
Forde intends to study Music Business and Entertainment Industries in Miami. He said he wants to own his own record label one day.
Bobby Valentine, Kevin Morton, Jim Penders, Bryan Daniello, and Mike Scott seem like an improbable collection of some of the most influential baseball figures from Connecticut, but on November 6th, they came together to give some of the most important info a young baseball player could ever receive.
“We (Cross and other FCIAC coaches) wanted to have other people, other than the coaches, tell the kids the same information we’ve been saying for a while, because we thought it would mean a lot more,” said John Cross, the organizer of the Panel and going on to his 18th year of coaching the Brien McMahon baseball team.
“(The idea) originated from me talking to other FCIAC coaches, and also my assistant coaches… we first started talking about it… probably back in the spring some time, but we didn’t really start to focus on it until September,” said Cross. The idea had been around for a while, but there were troubles getting Jim Penders, the head coach of baseball at the University of Connecticut for 15 years now, and Bobby Valentine, who played and managed at the highest level of baseball and now the Athletic Director of Sacred Heart University, together because of their busy schedules.
When asked what he thought the main thing that kids at the panel took away from it, Cross said, “How serious it is to play collegiate sports and how much is expected of them… it’s just not about about what I do on the field, it’s everything that happens outside of the field.”
Being there myself, it truly does give a new perspective of how much effort needs to go into playing at that level and makes you want to work harder than ever before.
“I thought it was great to have a significant group of baseball figures speak to us about the best ways and what we have to do to get into college for sports,” said Kamron Walker, a sophomore who played for McMahon’s Junior Varsity baseball team his freshman year.
There was a lot to be learned from the panel, but don’t worry if you missed it, LocalLive Networks streamed the whole conference, if you want to watch it the link can be found below.
The air outside is brisk, he’s surrounded by people and everyone is getting into position slowly counting down until the gun is fired. Then off they go around the track as fast as they can while the world slows down around them.
Senior Cross Country Captain JT Gulick has been on the track team for two years and plans to continue running in college wherever he goes. Throughout his fall season JT has accomplished shaving his mile time down to 4 minutes and 42 seconds, and his 5k down to 17 minutes and 46 seconds.
JT’s favorite part about being on track isn’t the fact that he’s good at it it’s the competition that he loves. He believes that going up against guys that are faster only betters him as a runner because it challenges him to step up and try to be faster.
JT isn't only a great runner but he also is a great captain.“I think JT is a good captain, he has loads of confidence, and he inspires a lot of underclassmen on the team because he’s so good plus it’s fun to watch him run it gives us something to cheer for,” said sophomore Lauren Graham.
There are a lot of things he loves about track, but JT actually hates the act of running. In his own words, he said, “I don’t really like to run, I keep running because I love the competition and I look good running.”
Throughout his season JT has been approached by college scouts from all over.his top choice would be Western Connecticut University, but he’s keeping his options open for now. He’s nervous to run in college, but he thinks that if he runs the way he has been this year he may not win all the time but he’ll still do well and that’s all that matters.
Senior cross country runner Vinicius Ribiero commented that “JT is an amazing runner for someone who has only been running for 2 years but it’s not his running that makes him good it’s the way that he feeds off the competition and uses it to make him run faster and longer.”
This is JT’s last season of cross country at McMahon and he was sad to say goodbye because cross country has meant so much to him. But he has accomplished so much that he’s more excited to see what the future holds for him than anything else.
One last piece of advice Coach Bradley would like to give to JT would be “He has shown so much potential, and has by far not reached the ceiling in running he has a lot more potential but with a full-time coach, someone he’ll see every day so to speak, he will be very successful running for whatever college he chooses, all he has to do is keep working at his running.”
Brendan Duddy & Brandon Miller
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McMahon has many special people that come from so many different backgrounds and each one of them has a unique story that most don’t know. This is the story of Callum Man and the endless dedication that he has shown to being a senator.
Every morning Callum wakes up at his home in Ridgefield, CT at 6:00. He then takes a 30 minute bus ride to get to school on time. He says that he chose to go to McMahon because he wanted to “try something new and meet new people.” He also says he “loved the classes at McMahon and the environment.”
After school, Callum goes home and begins his homework before getting ready to go to soccer practice. He then leaves his home at 5:15 pm for a practice that begins at 6:00 pm. Callum was given the opportunity that very few sophomores are given. He was promoted to the varsity boys soccer team from JV.
When asked what it felt like being moved up to varsity, Callum responded with “I was proud but at the same time worried because I was scared I wasn't good enough.” However, he believes he is still getting better everyday but he’s still not sure if he’s at that level yet.
The biggest difference for him, besides the talent level, between JV and varsity is that “JV is more fun and relaxing and kids not taking things as serious while varsity thinks more.” He went on to give an example of “they look for a pass instead of just running through the defense.”
Calum says that his love of soccer came from his father who grew up in England where soccer was the popular sport to play. Callum also says he began playing soccer when he was about five or six years old. His ultimate goal was to make his high school’s soccer team and now that he’s achieved that goal, he was proud of himself and of the team for making States and FCIACS.
As McMahon climbs the ladder of success, heads are starting to turn to the States and FCIAC teams of BMHS. For the first time in years three teams, field hockey, boys soccer and girls soccer, have worked their way into states.
“It’s definitely a good sign for the future at McMahon seeing teams that have had a rough start rise up is inspiring, to not only the athletes but the student that don’t play sports” (Sophia Tarasidis ‘19).
After winning two games, field hockey secured a spot in the States Championship for the first time in six years. Their Captain, Delaney Oak ‘19, knew that this was a possibility, according to her coaches, at the beginning of the season, but their persistence and hard work was definitely what earned them their spot in States.
“The whole main focus of the season was to make it to a postseason. Ever since tryouts Brown and Kati [Field Hockey Co-Coaches] were talking about how many wins and ties we needed to make it.”
The team also had some setbacks last year that distracted them from playing to their best abilities and barely missed the States qualifying cut off.
“The biggest difference about the team this year was the social dynamic. Last year the team was super cliquey and this year we really all play together and for each other.” (Delaney Oak ‘19)
Not only did teams make it into States, but also the FCIAC Championship. Both girls and boys soccer teams qualified for a spot in FCIACs. For boys soccer, it was their first time qualifying since 2014 and their first time even winning a game since 2016.
The girl's soccer team; however, started their rise to the top last year with a qualification in States and FCIACs as well. Senior captain Sophia Tarasidis shares her views on how the team rose to the top.
“Leadership is a huge part of the team and what the attitude on the field will be. It’s also nice to see who has the ability to become a leader.”
During the season the girls ended with five ties, the most out of any FCIAC team, which will fuel them in the States Championship to pull out a win.
“The five ties did hurt our place in states but I think it proves that we are a team that doesn’t give up.”
All three teams had to work hard to earn their place in these championships and hopefully will work their way through States and get a winning title.
Diversity in Connecticut is a big issue for many schools, but for Brien Mcmahon, that’s no problem. Brien Mcmahon High School holds just about 1,663 students with a minority enrollment of 72%.
At Brien McMahon there are many different cultures that you can learn about and that’s why it’s great to have a diverse school. There are so many benefits that come with it and there are kids who are more than willing to tell you their story of how they came to the US if they weren’t born here or they’ll be glad to tell you how they ended up at McMahon.
Even though some schools have a really good diversity rate, the disadvantage is that most people only stay with the people that they know. Most people don’t like to step out of their comfort zone and explore the different things McMahon has to offer.
To the right is a the graph of Brien McMahon high school’s diversity rate.
One sports team at McMahon that knows how to take advantage in playing with every race and giving a warm welcome to each other while also finding a brotherhood with it and it’s the McMahon football team. The McMahon football’s diversity breakdown looks like the following.
The Brien Mcmahon Football team holds a record of 2-6. Despite the record the boys play very well together and they don’t see a color when they are with each other. They just think of everyone as a brother who they have a very good bond with.
Race never crosses any of their mind as you can see how all the boys accept one another. They eat pasta together every Thursday as a family, they stay at the school late everyday to get better at their craft. Being on a diverse team is the best thing that can happen because not only do you learn about other people's cultures but you can also build a bond with that person's family and see how everything is looked at from other perspective.
Malik started playing football his freshman year in High School, never knowing that he could be leading his football team in tackles and passing his close friend, Neno Brown, as they challenged each other on who can get the most tackles this season.
Goethe had won The Ruden Report’s player of the week for the week of October 22nd. Goethe had 10 tackles, six for losses and two sacks in a 41-0 win over Bridgeport Central. “I feel proud. I’ve been working very hard at playing defensive end, my new position, and it shows the hard work that I have been putting in this season.”
Goethe is also on the wrestling team, which he took a break from sophomore year and came back to football his Junior year. “Having ten other people next to you, doing their job, and when we all do it right, something amazing happens. I love the feeling and it makes me love the sport even more.”
Goethe plays defensive end as well as wide receiver . Goethe feels like playing those positions play a big role. “I feel like both positions have a specific role. To play receiver you’re meant for big time plays and big time moments and I think I can deliver. Defensive end, I feel like I currently excel in the position and play a big role in our current defense.”
Malik says he is going to miss the moments he had playing at McMahon and showing his fans and supporters how good he is at this sport. “Playing my last home game as a senator felt really heavy it was a weight that gonna stick with me and I know Imma miss playing under the lights.”