There is no doubt that the Freshman teams at South are somewhat deprived of the support the Varsity teams receive, but what they lack in student support they more than make up for in talent.
However, this talent does not protect them from the ridicule of the Varsity and JV teams.
While the Varsity football team finished the season with an impressive 8-1 record the Freshman team finished their hard-fought season with a record of 6-2. Even though both of these teams finished their seasons with equally impressive records, many Freshman believe that the upperclassmen on the Junior Varsity and the Varsity teams look down at them with a condescending gaze.
“Just slightly but JV included us and were much more accepting than I expected. We were still treated like Freshman though,” said Freshman football player Kellen Danielson.
It is clear that this is not a problem specific to the football program at South, in fact the soccer program has experienced similar problems concerning freshman and varsity conflicts.
“They do somewhat, but I mean they are older and have superiority over us,” said freshman player Dominic Personally.
However, not all of the sports at South experience such tension between their teams. For example Freshman Cross Country runner Tyler Ballard claims that no such tension exists in the Cross Country program. Ballard has only the high degree of respect and admiration for the upperclassmen and his coaches and believes that the other players have the same.
“I loved the team and their encouragement for us. They don’t really show favoritism but they do work with the Varsity more than most of us,” said Ballard.
These players have very different opinions on equal treatment in their sport. Ballard and Danielson claim that there is no such favoritism in their sport and each player has an equal opportunity to succeed. Personelli, on the other hand, believes that there is some degree of favoritism shown among the coaches but believes it is justified because of the talent level of the JV and Varsity teams.
The one thing that all these players share is their love and commitment toward their sport. All of these players plan to continue playing sports at South as long as they are able to.