Quarantine has caused some student-athletes to fall behind on their skills due to a lack of resources. However, some of the most determined athletes have taken this time off to come out of quarantine better than they were at the start.
Like many CHS athletes, junior baseball player Sean Carrier has been taking advantage of his time off in order to make himself better. He made himself a schedule to follow every week in order to maximize his strength and agility.
The pitcher mentioned that he has gained “at least a few miles per hour” on his pitching speed. He lifts weights during intensive workouts every other day and runs hills every day in between. Carrier has done some research and customized his workouts in attempts to improve his throwing speed. He also said that he has added some “new junk” to his pitching arsenal.
Sean’s father, Joel Carrier, is also playing a huge help in improving his son’s game. He and Sean play catch outside every day and his dad catches bullpens for him. He explains how his son is “extremely determined” to become a dominant pitcher in the upcoming season.
Sean works with his friends and goes to the field and batting cages often to put in extra work. He and his friends push each other to improve their game because they need to step up next year as the seniors.
Sophomore baseball player Matthew Smith said that he “loves” to go to the cages with Sean because they help each other get better and provide motivation for next spring season.
Rising senior Shane Troffkin was injured late in 2019-2020 basketball season with a high ankle sprain and he did not recover in time to participate in the playoffs.
Shane has been using the time given during quarantine to recover and get healthy again. He started doing daily bike rides around the neighborhood that take up to as much as 2 hours. He has also been frequently going up to Snowdon Farm Elementary to play basketball on the courts. Along with all of this, he practices dribbling outside of his house every other day so he can improve his basketball skills.
Shane has been doing daily workouts with his dad, Steve Troffkin, to get in better shape too.
“I believe Shane has put in a lot of hard work during quarantine at rehab, here at home with me, and on the basketball court to get back into shape,” Steve said. “He has done a good job of managing his time and has been able to balance his rehab with his school work and has continued to maintain excellent grades. I’m especially proud because during a time like this without being around teammates it’s more difficult to be disciplined and be able to get this done. Because of all of this he has gotten ready and is staying ready.”