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NATIONAL HOMESCHOOL ATHLETICS MAGAZINE SHAYLER DANCE HEADED TO RUTGERS 5 MISTAKES HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES MAKE IN THE WEIGHT ROOM BY JACE DERWIN Q A WITH COACH DAN LEWALLEN VOLT ATHLETICS FRONT RUNNER ALEIHA MITCHELL S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 G E T YO U R F R E E S U B S C R I P T I O N AT H S N M A G A Z I N E C O M

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MVP M O S T V A L U A B L E P A N C A K PREVIEW NATIONAL HOMESCHOOL ATHLETICS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED BY HSNATION Media P O Box 24222 Little Rock AR 72221 www hsnmagazine com SPRING 2018 CEO Mike Bennett mike hsnmagazine com E Shayler Dance HSAA Golf Leading the league in taste quality value and convenience 6 12 CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Stauffer alex hsnmagazine com EDITOR IN CHIEF The HSAA Senior Golf Captain has helped his team win a National Championship and is headed to Rutgers next year to continue his success Susie Taylor susie hsnmagazine com Aleiha Mitchell Front Runner TO ADVERTISE CONTACT The Oklahoma City star is making an impact in the sport of Track and Field DESIGNED BY Bennett Design Group Little Rock AR mike hsnmagazine com WANT TO SELL ADS mike hsnmagazine com FOR CONTENT SUBMISSION alex hsnmagazine com READ ONLINE AT O U R 2 0 1 8 A L L S T A R S T A R T I N G Coach Spotlight Dan Lewallen L I N E U P 20 17 5 Mistakes High School Athletes Make in the Weight room Available at leading retail grocers nationwide WWW DEWAFELBAKKERS COM Jace Derwin from Volt Athletics provides some valuable training insight www hsnmagazine com Head Golf Coach Dan Lewallen of Dallas HSAA shares about his program and their success 22 24 Team Directory OVERTIME Don t see your team Be sure to visit hsnmagazine com and submit your information A story from the CEO of HSNation Magazine A must read for parents and athletes 2018 HSNATION Media All Rights Reserved Printed in U S A Published quarterly by HSNATION Media HSNATION Media and Bennett Design Group neither endorse nor take responsibility for products or services advertised herein No part of this magazine may be reproduced without permission from HSNATION Media HSNATION makes no warranty representation or guarantee as to the accuracy or timeliness of its THE 1 HOMESCHOOL SPORTS PUBLICATION Cover Photo by Benjamin Williams content HSNATION Media reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time HSNMAGAZINE COM 1

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MVP M O S T V A L U A B L E P A N C A K PREVIEW NATIONAL HOMESCHOOL ATHLETICS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED BY HSNATION Media P O Box 24222 Little Rock AR 72221 www hsnmagazine com SPRING 2018 CEO Mike Bennett mike hsnmagazine com E Shayler Dance HSAA Golf Leading the league in taste quality value and convenience 6 12 CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Stauffer alex hsnmagazine com EDITOR IN CHIEF The HSAA Senior Golf Captain has helped his team win a National Championship and is headed to Rutgers next year to continue his success Susie Taylor susie hsnmagazine com Aleiha Mitchell Front Runner TO ADVERTISE CONTACT The Oklahoma City star is making an impact in the sport of Track and Field DESIGNED BY Bennett Design Group Little Rock AR mike hsnmagazine com WANT TO SELL ADS mike hsnmagazine com FOR CONTENT SUBMISSION alex hsnmagazine com READ ONLINE AT O U R 2 0 1 8 A L L S T A R S T A R T I N G Coach Spotlight Dan Lewallen L I N E U P 20 17 5 Mistakes High School Athletes Make in the Weight room Available at leading retail grocers nationwide WWW DEWAFELBAKKERS COM Jace Derwin from Volt Athletics provides some valuable training insight www hsnmagazine com Head Golf Coach Dan Lewallen of Dallas HSAA shares about his program and their success 22 24 Team Directory OVERTIME Don t see your team Be sure to visit hsnmagazine com and submit your information A story from the CEO of HSNation Magazine A must read for parents and athletes 2018 HSNATION Media All Rights Reserved Printed in U S A Published quarterly by HSNATION Media HSNATION Media and Bennett Design Group neither endorse nor take responsibility for products or services advertised herein No part of this magazine may be reproduced without permission from HSNATION Media HSNATION makes no warranty representation or guarantee as to the accuracy or timeliness of its THE 1 HOMESCHOOL SPORTS PUBLICATION Cover Photo by Benjamin Williams content HSNATION Media reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time HSNMAGAZINE COM 1

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E NATIONAL HOMESCHOOL ATHLETICS MAGAZINE What is The Right Stuff By HSNATION ceo Mike Bennett veryone seeks recognition Some would go so far as to say that being recognized by others is one of our greatest human needs It s in our DNA a hunger that doesn t have to be taught and is never completely satisfied Visit any playground and you will find evidence to bear this out Listen for the phrase Hey Mom hey Dad watch me I remember saying it as a child and I remember hearing my children say it to me In fact in many ways not as blatantly they still do I m a grown man now with grown children yet one of the most vivid memories I have as a child was when my mother praised my artistic ability in front of a group of other people It was a simple short comment that I m confident she does not remember but I do Confidence swelled passion deepened and a desire to please her even more grew I believe the need for this type of appreciation and praise is undeniable Combine the psychological craving for recognition with the societally imposed importance of competition and some potentially negative emotions can be generated We live in a world in which we are bombarded with the notion that you have to be liked followed retweeted shared etc to be recognized or appreciated The sad truth is that most of the time the underlying foundation for why a person would receive any of the aforementioned social media confirmation is non existent We are allowing ourselves to be measured and valued by an ever changing system that can be as fickle and arbitrary as the wind The trend is unmistakable and it affects our athletes PRAISEWORTHY Early last summer I was challenged with the thought that time is precious It was a simple idea that created a desire within me to be deliberate in determining how I used my time The challenge was to eliminate the time wasters in my life replacing them with activities that brought me closer to reaching goals and dreams goals and dreams that would suffer if I chose to continue on my current path I knew immediately which of my time wasters was the first to go I vowed to stop paying attention to the mainstream media deluge to which I was addicted I went cold turkey and haven t looked back As a result my attitude has changed and my propensity to worry and be overly critical of those who lead this country on both sides of the aisle has diminished greatly I am no longer easily angered by a foolish comment from an arrogant celebrity speaking derogatorily about a belief or value which I hold dear The reason I simply didn t hear them say it Simple right On a more substantial level I stopped allowing a select group of media elite the opportunity to influence the way I felt about newsworthy events that may or may not have anything to do with me The point is this we are bombarded 24 hours a day with instances of recognition that may not even deserve recognition in the first place By refusing to allow myself to be subjected to the messages that others wanted me to absorb I HSNMAGAZINE COM 2 was reminded of the truth that not everything going on around us deserves recognition And I was inspired by the realization that there are many other things that are not being recognized that absolutely should About 2 000 years ago a great leader of men challenged his people with the thought that whatever is true noble right pure lovely admirable excellent praiseworthy these are the things to which we should devote special attention Conversely this same man admonished another group to give no attention to immature speech shallow understanding and childish reasoning What he said to be blunt was stop paying attention to the junk and honor what should be valued We live in a day where this admonition is not being heeded WHAT IS THE RIGHT STUFF If we really want to follow the notion of devoting special attention to whatever is true noble right just where do we find the right stuff After all we re talking about sports right A ball through a hoop running through some trees and fields a pass set hit right Where can truth nobility excellence or something praiseworthy be found in sports Depending on what athletes you follow or which ones make the headlines this week questions like those just posed actually begin to echo the way many of us feel and rightly so Typically the glory and accolades given for athletic accomplishments in the elite high school college and professional ranks is devoured by athletes that most of us would not allow to date our daughters sons brothers and sisters You know this is the truth I know I know there are some fantastic role models and examples of solid disciplined athletes who actually do have it together Fine men and women who have been gifted with amazing ability unusual humility and grace These athletes are rare Too many times they are ridiculed or marginalized to the point that their story simply isn t ever told to the general public So back to my question But we re talking about sports right You bet we are Truth be told there is no better arena pun intended in which an individual young or old can gain a better understanding of what is true noble right pure lovely admirable excellent or praiseworthy The games we play offer all of that and more The unique combination of competition rules victory defeat pain gain joy and despair offers the perfect atmosphere for personal growth on so many levels And it gets even better when all of this takes place in the arena of homeschool athletics I know this because I have lived this I understand the caliber of student that the homeschool community is building I have intimate insight into the types of families that provide the environment and value system that provide our student athletes with the foundation on which to grow and develop The coaches athletic directors and volunteers who comprise an incredible community that faithfully loves supports and cheers our athletes to unbelievable levels of success and accomplishment are friends and family to me The homeschool athletic community encapsulates every 3 HSNMAGAZINE COM

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E NATIONAL HOMESCHOOL ATHLETICS MAGAZINE What is The Right Stuff By HSNATION ceo Mike Bennett veryone seeks recognition Some would go so far as to say that being recognized by others is one of our greatest human needs It s in our DNA a hunger that doesn t have to be taught and is never completely satisfied Visit any playground and you will find evidence to bear this out Listen for the phrase Hey Mom hey Dad watch me I remember saying it as a child and I remember hearing my children say it to me In fact in many ways not as blatantly they still do I m a grown man now with grown children yet one of the most vivid memories I have as a child was when my mother praised my artistic ability in front of a group of other people It was a simple short comment that I m confident she does not remember but I do Confidence swelled passion deepened and a desire to please her even more grew I believe the need for this type of appreciation and praise is undeniable Combine the psychological craving for recognition with the societally imposed importance of competition and some potentially negative emotions can be generated We live in a world in which we are bombarded with the notion that you have to be liked followed retweeted shared etc to be recognized or appreciated The sad truth is that most of the time the underlying foundation for why a person would receive any of the aforementioned social media confirmation is non existent We are allowing ourselves to be measured and valued by an ever changing system that can be as fickle and arbitrary as the wind The trend is unmistakable and it affects our athletes PRAISEWORTHY Early last summer I was challenged with the thought that time is precious It was a simple idea that created a desire within me to be deliberate in determining how I used my time The challenge was to eliminate the time wasters in my life replacing them with activities that brought me closer to reaching goals and dreams goals and dreams that would suffer if I chose to continue on my current path I knew immediately which of my time wasters was the first to go I vowed to stop paying attention to the mainstream media deluge to which I was addicted I went cold turkey and haven t looked back As a result my attitude has changed and my propensity to worry and be overly critical of those who lead this country on both sides of the aisle has diminished greatly I am no longer easily angered by a foolish comment from an arrogant celebrity speaking derogatorily about a belief or value which I hold dear The reason I simply didn t hear them say it Simple right On a more substantial level I stopped allowing a select group of media elite the opportunity to influence the way I felt about newsworthy events that may or may not have anything to do with me The point is this we are bombarded 24 hours a day with instances of recognition that may not even deserve recognition in the first place By refusing to allow myself to be subjected to the messages that others wanted me to absorb I HSNMAGAZINE COM 2 was reminded of the truth that not everything going on around us deserves recognition And I was inspired by the realization that there are many other things that are not being recognized that absolutely should About 2 000 years ago a great leader of men challenged his people with the thought that whatever is true noble right pure lovely admirable excellent praiseworthy these are the things to which we should devote special attention Conversely this same man admonished another group to give no attention to immature speech shallow understanding and childish reasoning What he said to be blunt was stop paying attention to the junk and honor what should be valued We live in a day where this admonition is not being heeded WHAT IS THE RIGHT STUFF If we really want to follow the notion of devoting special attention to whatever is true noble right just where do we find the right stuff After all we re talking about sports right A ball through a hoop running through some trees and fields a pass set hit right Where can truth nobility excellence or something praiseworthy be found in sports Depending on what athletes you follow or which ones make the headlines this week questions like those just posed actually begin to echo the way many of us feel and rightly so Typically the glory and accolades given for athletic accomplishments in the elite high school college and professional ranks is devoured by athletes that most of us would not allow to date our daughters sons brothers and sisters You know this is the truth I know I know there are some fantastic role models and examples of solid disciplined athletes who actually do have it together Fine men and women who have been gifted with amazing ability unusual humility and grace These athletes are rare Too many times they are ridiculed or marginalized to the point that their story simply isn t ever told to the general public So back to my question But we re talking about sports right You bet we are Truth be told there is no better arena pun intended in which an individual young or old can gain a better understanding of what is true noble right pure lovely admirable excellent or praiseworthy The games we play offer all of that and more The unique combination of competition rules victory defeat pain gain joy and despair offers the perfect atmosphere for personal growth on so many levels And it gets even better when all of this takes place in the arena of homeschool athletics I know this because I have lived this I understand the caliber of student that the homeschool community is building I have intimate insight into the types of families that provide the environment and value system that provide our student athletes with the foundation on which to grow and develop The coaches athletic directors and volunteers who comprise an incredible community that faithfully loves supports and cheers our athletes to unbelievable levels of success and accomplishment are friends and family to me The homeschool athletic community encapsulates every 3 HSNMAGAZINE COM

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ingredient necessary for tremendous success and long term growth for our students It demonstrates the right way to do things the right stuff and our students stories must be told IF YOU RE NOT MOVING FORWARD As good as things are in homeschool athletics we must keep the dream large and our efforts larger You ve heard the phrase that says Grass is always greener I would like to point out that sometimes it s that way because the greener grass is actually artificial turf and if not it is grass that has been fertilized with a lot of cow manure Another phrase that comes to mind is all that glitters is not gold Both of these age old proverbs are as true today as they ever have been I see strong evidence that the green and the glitter are looking very appealing to our athletes I ve served as a head basketball coach and athletic director for a homeschool association in Arkansas Of late I ve heard from many athletes who tell me the many reasons they were considering public or private school options for athletics If I want to get noticed by college recruiters I need to make this move was the rationale from one A few years ago a parent communicated to me We simply cannot find the level of competition my daughter needs to improve her skill set in the homeschool setting I hate to admit it I almost bought into their reasoning At the time our program was not allowed to compete against the public and private school monopoly in the state of Arkansas I thought to myself Maybe they would get a better shot outside the homeschool industry The concept of the Tebow law which allowed homeschooled athletes the opportunity to participate on public school teams was gaining acceptance throughout the country Talented homeschool athletes began to take advantage of this greener grass ultimately leaving the homeschool ranks I wasn t alone in thinking that there had to be a better answer for our students The homeschool athletic community encapsulates every ingredient necessary for tremendous success and long term growth for our students 4 HSNMAGAZINE COM The board that governs our athletic association with assistance from many other successful homeschool programs in Arkansas made it a priority to work with the organization governing high school sports in Arkansas seeking for permission from them that would allow our homeschool teams to compete against their schools After much discussion and a bit of strategic maneuvering we were able to assist in seeing legislation passed that allowed homeschool teams to compete against public and private school teams in the state of Arkansas Since that time homeschool athletic programs across our state have competed and won at very high levels in a variety of sports In the midst of all the positive advancements we were making our program suffered negative consequences Our recent exposure to the largest high school athletic industry in our state had finally provided a glimpse of what we had been building right in their backyard and they liked what they saw As a result we lost a coach and a few athletes Ironically Arkansas schools those that would not allow us to compete a few years earlier were now interested in finding ways to recruit homeschool coaches and student athletes to play on their teams our coaches our athletes The way I see it this is simply one more level of competition in which we can prove victorious WE LL TELL YOUR STORY I rehearse this history with you for one reason our program had and still has the coaching staff and student athletes who are as talented dedicated and desirable as those in the public and private school ranks Yet our athletes appear to be considering the move to traditional school athletics more now than ever before Why For one simple reason they are seeking recognition Homeschool students across the nation feel that they can only receive the accolades and trophies they so desire and deserve if they move away from homeschool athletics I get it I can even understand their rationale at some level But I wholeheartedly disagree with the notion that a move to traditional schooling is the best move The homeschool athletic industry in the United States is a thriving powerful and interconnected body that offers our student athletes far more than just wins trophies and ultimately recognition compared to its traditional counterpart As mentioned earlier I have come to know and love the people who make homeschool athletics the coaches the tournament directors the athletic directors the moms and dads who sit at the scoring tables keeping the books We have something special and we need to protect it The intangibles that brought each of us to the point of homeschooling are still there and as valid as ever Homeschool athletics provides the perfect environment to teach our students the lessons that will give them the greatest opportunity for meaningful and lasting success Simply put the desire of all of us at HSNation is to recognize the homeschooled student athlete the parents who have made the difficult choice to do what they feel is best for their child and the volunteers who work together to make all of it happen We understand that homeschooling is not easy We get the fact that the overwhelming majority of recognition to student athletes goes to the publicly and privately schooled student athletes And we are experienced in the knowledge that the vast majority of coaching scheduling assisting training and every other aspect of building an athletic program is done through the volunteer efforts of parents grandparents aunts uncles and friends It is an amazing thing to witness especially when it is being done with such a high level of excellence Because of all of this because of YOU HSNation was born Your stories are inspiring they are the stories that this world needs to hear We ll tell them for you to your friends and families to college coaches and athletic directors to your fellow athletes to the entire sporting world And as we do our dream is that we become your source of recognition that causes your confidence to swell your passions to be deepened and your rewards to be tangible and truly satisfying HSNMAGAZINE COM 5

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ingredient necessary for tremendous success and long term growth for our students It demonstrates the right way to do things the right stuff and our students stories must be told IF YOU RE NOT MOVING FORWARD As good as things are in homeschool athletics we must keep the dream large and our efforts larger You ve heard the phrase that says Grass is always greener I would like to point out that sometimes it s that way because the greener grass is actually artificial turf and if not it is grass that has been fertilized with a lot of cow manure Another phrase that comes to mind is all that glitters is not gold Both of these age old proverbs are as true today as they ever have been I see strong evidence that the green and the glitter are looking very appealing to our athletes I ve served as a head basketball coach and athletic director for a homeschool association in Arkansas Of late I ve heard from many athletes who tell me the many reasons they were considering public or private school options for athletics If I want to get noticed by college recruiters I need to make this move was the rationale from one A few years ago a parent communicated to me We simply cannot find the level of competition my daughter needs to improve her skill set in the homeschool setting I hate to admit it I almost bought into their reasoning At the time our program was not allowed to compete against the public and private school monopoly in the state of Arkansas I thought to myself Maybe they would get a better shot outside the homeschool industry The concept of the Tebow law which allowed homeschooled athletes the opportunity to participate on public school teams was gaining acceptance throughout the country Talented homeschool athletes began to take advantage of this greener grass ultimately leaving the homeschool ranks I wasn t alone in thinking that there had to be a better answer for our students The homeschool athletic community encapsulates every ingredient necessary for tremendous success and long term growth for our students 4 HSNMAGAZINE COM The board that governs our athletic association with assistance from many other successful homeschool programs in Arkansas made it a priority to work with the organization governing high school sports in Arkansas seeking for permission from them that would allow our homeschool teams to compete against their schools After much discussion and a bit of strategic maneuvering we were able to assist in seeing legislation passed that allowed homeschool teams to compete against public and private school teams in the state of Arkansas Since that time homeschool athletic programs across our state have competed and won at very high levels in a variety of sports In the midst of all the positive advancements we were making our program suffered negative consequences Our recent exposure to the largest high school athletic industry in our state had finally provided a glimpse of what we had been building right in their backyard and they liked what they saw As a result we lost a coach and a few athletes Ironically Arkansas schools those that would not allow us to compete a few years earlier were now interested in finding ways to recruit homeschool coaches and student athletes to play on their teams our coaches our athletes The way I see it this is simply one more level of competition in which we can prove victorious WE LL TELL YOUR STORY I rehearse this history with you for one reason our program had and still has the coaching staff and student athletes who are as talented dedicated and desirable as those in the public and private school ranks Yet our athletes appear to be considering the move to traditional school athletics more now than ever before Why For one simple reason they are seeking recognition Homeschool students across the nation feel that they can only receive the accolades and trophies they so desire and deserve if they move away from homeschool athletics I get it I can even understand their rationale at some level But I wholeheartedly disagree with the notion that a move to traditional schooling is the best move The homeschool athletic industry in the United States is a thriving powerful and interconnected body that offers our student athletes far more than just wins trophies and ultimately recognition compared to its traditional counterpart As mentioned earlier I have come to know and love the people who make homeschool athletics the coaches the tournament directors the athletic directors the moms and dads who sit at the scoring tables keeping the books We have something special and we need to protect it The intangibles that brought each of us to the point of homeschooling are still there and as valid as ever Homeschool athletics provides the perfect environment to teach our students the lessons that will give them the greatest opportunity for meaningful and lasting success Simply put the desire of all of us at HSNation is to recognize the homeschooled student athlete the parents who have made the difficult choice to do what they feel is best for their child and the volunteers who work together to make all of it happen We understand that homeschooling is not easy We get the fact that the overwhelming majority of recognition to student athletes goes to the publicly and privately schooled student athletes And we are experienced in the knowledge that the vast majority of coaching scheduling assisting training and every other aspect of building an athletic program is done through the volunteer efforts of parents grandparents aunts uncles and friends It is an amazing thing to witness especially when it is being done with such a high level of excellence Because of all of this because of YOU HSNation was born Your stories are inspiring they are the stories that this world needs to hear We ll tell them for you to your friends and families to college coaches and athletic directors to your fellow athletes to the entire sporting world And as we do our dream is that we become your source of recognition that causes your confidence to swell your passions to be deepened and your rewards to be tangible and truly satisfying HSNMAGAZINE COM 5

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Shayler Dance DALLAS HSAA GOLF TEAM CAPTAIN BY S M TAYLOR T he Home School Athletic Association HSAA Golf Team is the defending National Homeschool Champion and this young program is making quite a name for itself standing out above the rest with a talented lineup of both Varsity and Junior Varsity players The program started in 2016 built upon homeschooled golfers from the Dallas North Texas areas who already had a solid knowledge of the game and previous playing experience One of those is its 18 year old team captain Shayler Dance I have played multiple sports growing up but when my Granddad introduced me to golf I just fell in love with it and knew that was the sport for me I have been playing competitively for five years now and my entire high school career has been with the HSAA team and it s been a rewarding experience for sure Coach Dan Lewallen attributes the success of the team to Shayler Dance and the rest of the players due to their character and discipline on and off the course My role as coach is really more administrative and that speaks volumes of the caliber of these kids their work ethic and desire to represent the sport of golf in the most respectful way possible Shayler is a great team leader and really exemplifies the honor system side of the game This young HSAA golf program has had many memorable moments since their inaugural season in 2016 Shayler reflects on one of his personal favorites the National Christian Home School Golf Championship in Springfield Missouri in May 2017 There was major flooding across most of Missouri at the time but we didn t let that slow us down There were several other really competitive teams there and we just stayed focused and ended up winning by 15 shots It was really great to see all the guys hard work pay off at Nationals It was also an incredible accomplishment to win in our first year as a team The remarkable thing is that our team has drastically improved since then so we are looking forward to defending our title in 2018 The rest of the team experienced success as well when the HSAA grabbed several top individual scores at the National Tournament HSAA s Joey Garver was 2nd in a championship tiebreaker Sully Thompson 3rd Shayler Dance 4th Lawson Garner 8th Matthew LeWallen Le placed 1st as the putting champion and in the girls division Taylor LeWallen Le placed 7th and Lauren LeWallen Le placed 8th Shayler Dance Takes a few practice drives before his round We have such a talented team of players and I m looking forward to seeing what this season brings as each of them capitalize on past successes and build it into something even greater for the future So far this season the HSAA boys golf team has placed 1st in nearly every tournament they ve entered but one so I think Shayler and the rest of the team have all improved and are on track for an amazing season Coach Dan Lewallen beams when asked about Shayler Dance I actually go to him quite a bit for advice As our team captain I really try to involve him in a lot of decision making whether that be deciding on upcoming tournaments or even changing the design of our team hats and attire He has played in so many different tournaments outside of the HSAA season so he knows so many of the players and has knowledge about the other courses so he is a great person to run ideas passed He s just an impressive kid and so professional and respectful of the sport says Coach Lewallen Shayler didn t play in our first tournament the only one we didn t take 1st place but since then usually finishes in the top 3 This is just a testament to how good he really is He s consistent extremely focused has great character and is just an all around great kid The HSAA Golf Team is the defending national champions 6 HSNMAGAZINE COM HSNMAGAZINE COM 7

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Shayler Dance DALLAS HSAA GOLF TEAM CAPTAIN BY S M TAYLOR T he Home School Athletic Association HSAA Golf Team is the defending National Homeschool Champion and this young program is making quite a name for itself standing out above the rest with a talented lineup of both Varsity and Junior Varsity players The program started in 2016 built upon homeschooled golfers from the Dallas North Texas areas who already had a solid knowledge of the game and previous playing experience One of those is its 18 year old team captain Shayler Dance I have played multiple sports growing up but when my Granddad introduced me to golf I just fell in love with it and knew that was the sport for me I have been playing competitively for five years now and my entire high school career has been with the HSAA team and it s been a rewarding experience for sure Coach Dan Lewallen attributes the success of the team to Shayler Dance and the rest of the players due to their character and discipline on and off the course My role as coach is really more administrative and that speaks volumes of the caliber of these kids their work ethic and desire to represent the sport of golf in the most respectful way possible Shayler is a great team leader and really exemplifies the honor system side of the game This young HSAA golf program has had many memorable moments since their inaugural season in 2016 Shayler reflects on one of his personal favorites the National Christian Home School Golf Championship in Springfield Missouri in May 2017 There was major flooding across most of Missouri at the time but we didn t let that slow us down There were several other really competitive teams there and we just stayed focused and ended up winning by 15 shots It was really great to see all the guys hard work pay off at Nationals It was also an incredible accomplishment to win in our first year as a team The remarkable thing is that our team has drastically improved since then so we are looking forward to defending our title in 2018 The rest of the team experienced success as well when the HSAA grabbed several top individual scores at the National Tournament HSAA s Joey Garver was 2nd in a championship tiebreaker Sully Thompson 3rd Shayler Dance 4th Lawson Garner 8th Matthew LeWallen Le placed 1st as the putting champion and in the girls division Taylor LeWallen Le placed 7th and Lauren LeWallen Le placed 8th Shayler Dance Takes a few practice drives before his round We have such a talented team of players and I m looking forward to seeing what this season brings as each of them capitalize on past successes and build it into something even greater for the future So far this season the HSAA boys golf team has placed 1st in nearly every tournament they ve entered but one so I think Shayler and the rest of the team have all improved and are on track for an amazing season Coach Dan Lewallen beams when asked about Shayler Dance I actually go to him quite a bit for advice As our team captain I really try to involve him in a lot of decision making whether that be deciding on upcoming tournaments or even changing the design of our team hats and attire He has played in so many different tournaments outside of the HSAA season so he knows so many of the players and has knowledge about the other courses so he is a great person to run ideas passed He s just an impressive kid and so professional and respectful of the sport says Coach Lewallen Shayler didn t play in our first tournament the only one we didn t take 1st place but since then usually finishes in the top 3 This is just a testament to how good he really is He s consistent extremely focused has great character and is just an all around great kid The HSAA Golf Team is the defending national champions 6 HSNMAGAZINE COM HSNMAGAZINE COM 7

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It hasn t always been easy for Shayler Dance as he dealt with a lower back injury from March through June of the 2017 season He had to refocus and start from the ground up in his training and realized the importance of warming up and stretching before practice Whenever I started to lose motivation or got frustrated by my limitations during healing I would ask myself what would the No 1 player in the world do This always encourages me to work out practice and eat properly I understand that the path to success starts years prior so I am doing my best to stay on that path Shayler says his biggest accomplishment so far is when he committed to play golf at Rutgers University this past December Rutgers competes in the Big Ten conference which is one of the top conferences in the nation The reason that I consider my commitment to Rutgers as my top accomplishment is because it is the culmination of everything that I have worked for It has always been my goal to play golf at the Division 1 level This just proves to me that hard work and sacrifices have been worth it After Shayler visited Rutgers this past November the coach decided to come watch him play in an American Junior Golf Association AJGA event the following week in Las Vegas at Angel Park Golf Course He shot 73 69 to finish tied for 3rd The coach offered Shayler a scholarship that same day One thing that is crucial to Shayler is how others view him on and off the course I started playing tournament golf in 2013 and have been a golf fanatic ever since If I m not playing golf there s a good chance I m watching golf looking up results from tournaments or checking the world rankings Everyone is surprised that I actually follow so many different golfers from all around the world and there are so many players that I look up to and try to emulate I have worked to become a top player in Texas and it s great to play well and get recognized for that but my hope is that I am more known for being a hard worker and a good sport I want to be someone that younger players can look up to as a role model I remember when I used to get extremely frustrated on the golf course but I ve learned that getting mad only hurts my game and makes me look bad in the process I feel that I have matured a great amount over my 5 years playing this game and that has helped me to be a lot more consistent Hogan Pierceson and Parker and I practice together every day and push each other to improve We have been playing golf together for a long time and it s exciting to see that we are all now committed to play Division 1 golf As I prepare for college I have been working even harder with my swing coach Corey Lundberg and have seen drastic improvement He is extremely encouraging and makes me believe that I am able to be an elite player Key Young my trainer and I workout together twice a week on strengthening my golf muscles and improving my mobility and keeping injuries at bay He does an incredible job keeping me in shape and is a huge part of my success Shayler says The fact that I was chosen for this award was so amazing and humbling and a moment I will never forget I ve been so lucky to play with some of the best homeschool volleyball players When asked what helps keep him so focused Shayler said in the country I have often heard the motto Trust the process Every golfer experiences a slump at some point so it is important to remember to trust that process I do my best to live by that motto The best advice I ve learned was from a book called Fearless Golf by Dr Gio Valiante Dr Valiante said that no matter what has happened in your round leading up to a point you should always be thinking What s my target This makes it easier to block out all negative thoughts and focus on the shot at hand As for future goals Shayler says his biggest one would be to win on the PGA Tour I realize this is a very lofty goal but it pushes me to work hard every day but before I get to that point I will study business finance at Rutgers while hopefully leading the Scarlet Knights to our first National Championship Shayler says with a grin hsnmagazine ARTICLE hsnmagazine hsnmagazine MAKE SURE YOU DON T MISS A THING YOU MIGHT EVEN SEE YOURSELF FEATURED Shayler says I also have to mention the great team and support system that I have around me My best friends HSAA took first place even with rough weather conditions 8 HSNMAGAZINE COM FOLLOW AND LIKE US GET THIS MAGAZINE FOR FREE SUBSCRIBE AT HSNMAGAZINE COM

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It hasn t always been easy for Shayler Dance as he dealt with a lower back injury from March through June of the 2017 season He had to refocus and start from the ground up in his training and realized the importance of warming up and stretching before practice Whenever I started to lose motivation or got frustrated by my limitations during healing I would ask myself what would the No 1 player in the world do This always encourages me to work out practice and eat properly I understand that the path to success starts years prior so I am doing my best to stay on that path Shayler says his biggest accomplishment so far is when he committed to play golf at Rutgers University this past December Rutgers competes in the Big Ten conference which is one of the top conferences in the nation The reason that I consider my commitment to Rutgers as my top accomplishment is because it is the culmination of everything that I have worked for It has always been my goal to play golf at the Division 1 level This just proves to me that hard work and sacrifices have been worth it After Shayler visited Rutgers this past November the coach decided to come watch him play in an American Junior Golf Association AJGA event the following week in Las Vegas at Angel Park Golf Course He shot 73 69 to finish tied for 3rd The coach offered Shayler a scholarship that same day One thing that is crucial to Shayler is how others view him on and off the course I started playing tournament golf in 2013 and have been a golf fanatic ever since If I m not playing golf there s a good chance I m watching golf looking up results from tournaments or checking the world rankings Everyone is surprised that I actually follow so many different golfers from all around the world and there are so many players that I look up to and try to emulate I have worked to become a top player in Texas and it s great to play well and get recognized for that but my hope is that I am more known for being a hard worker and a good sport I want to be someone that younger players can look up to as a role model I remember when I used to get extremely frustrated on the golf course but I ve learned that getting mad only hurts my game and makes me look bad in the process I feel that I have matured a great amount over my 5 years playing this game and that has helped me to be a lot more consistent Hogan Pierceson and Parker and I practice together every day and push each other to improve We have been playing golf together for a long time and it s exciting to see that we are all now committed to play Division 1 golf As I prepare for college I have been working even harder with my swing coach Corey Lundberg and have seen drastic improvement He is extremely encouraging and makes me believe that I am able to be an elite player Key Young my trainer and I workout together twice a week on strengthening my golf muscles and improving my mobility and keeping injuries at bay He does an incredible job keeping me in shape and is a huge part of my success Shayler says The fact that I was chosen for this award was so amazing and humbling and a moment I will never forget I ve been so lucky to play with some of the best homeschool volleyball players When asked what helps keep him so focused Shayler said in the country I have often heard the motto Trust the process Every golfer experiences a slump at some point so it is important to remember to trust that process I do my best to live by that motto The best advice I ve learned was from a book called Fearless Golf by Dr Gio Valiante Dr Valiante said that no matter what has happened in your round leading up to a point you should always be thinking What s my target This makes it easier to block out all negative thoughts and focus on the shot at hand As for future goals Shayler says his biggest one would be to win on the PGA Tour I realize this is a very lofty goal but it pushes me to work hard every day but before I get to that point I will study business finance at Rutgers while hopefully leading the Scarlet Knights to our first National Championship Shayler says with a grin hsnmagazine ARTICLE hsnmagazine hsnmagazine MAKE SURE YOU DON T MISS A THING YOU MIGHT EVEN SEE YOURSELF FEATURED Shayler says I also have to mention the great team and support system that I have around me My best friends HSAA took first place even with rough weather conditions 8 HSNMAGAZINE COM FOLLOW AND LIKE US GET THIS MAGAZINE FOR FREE SUBSCRIBE AT HSNMAGAZINE COM

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T raining is about to be in full swing for the Oklahoma City Storm track team and senior Aleiha Mitchell is hoping to finish strong this final season with the Storm Although a multi sport athlete her real passion is for Track and Field and she is currently listed as one of the top 100 homeschooled track athletes in the country Born May 17 2000 in Harrah Oklahoma Aleiha says she s been fortunate to grow up so supported and encouraged by her parents and really attributes her track success to her mother Tamiko Mitchell My Mom has really helped me through the years especially during the times when I struggled with track and wanted to just give up and quit the sport She just kept encouraging me to stick with it and to keep persevering and I m so glad I did ALEIHA MITCHELL Aleiha Mitchell s strongest events are the 100 and 200 meters and her biggest goal for this season is to beat the homeschool national record in her age group The current record and time to beat is 12 56 held by McKae Mitchell now at Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma City Storm head coach Terry Lawson says he thinks she can do it Aleiha s best times from last season are 12 95 in the 100 meters and 26 8 in the 200 meters so I think she has a great shot at meeting that goal and breaking that 100 meter record this season Coach Lawson continues I have been fortunate enough to coach Aleiha her entire high school track career and I m really going to miss having her on the team but also couldn t be prouder as she looks towards the future Aleiha recently signed with College of the Ozarks and having that next part of her future mapped out will allow her to focus on finishing out her senior year strong and work on breaking those personal records and obtaining that homeschool record goal Her continued commitment to training will also determine how successful she will be at this next level as she heads off to college She s shown enough talent at the high school level to see a lot of success and I think she can continue that It might be a bit of an adjustment for her going from being a seasonal athlete two to three months a year to becoming a year round athlete playing in college but I think she ll adjust just fine in homeschool track you do have to commit to training longer and harder on your own time Don t let the fact that you may not always have the same range of equipment as other teams keep you from your own training goals To succeed in anything you keep trying training and doing your best Don t ever let anything hold you back when you have a goal to accomplish Our track team at times only had 15 high school kids on the team so we just really had to pull together in training and at some of the meets If that means you have to run an extra event here and there then you do it That s what teamwork is all about Aleiha remembers a funny moment from her very first day of practice and begins laughing as she talks about it My first track practice ever Coach Lawson said we would have an EASY workout I was absolutely pumped then once I got there and Coach had us run three 100 s two 200 s and one 400 I just about died I mean literally I was about to quit track before I even started she shakes her head and giggles I remember that was the most sore I have ever been and even now I have never had that level of soreness again I look back to that day and think to myself you re kidding me that WAS an easy workout It s so funny to look back on what you once thought of as hard and see just how far you ve come as an athlete and as a person Coach Lawson has helped me with my struggles in track and has pushed me to become a better runner than I ever thought I could be today He has placed me in races and events that I never thought I could run yet he helped me do so He is one of the few people I hear while I am racing He is seriously the greatest coach I could ask for and I m so grateful for all he has done Coach Terry Lawson is starting his fifth season as head coach with the Oklahoma City Storm Their track season runs from the middle of March through the middle of May and training really gets started once they return from Nationals for basketball Most of my athletes including Aleiha play multiple sports so it s proven so beneficial for Aleiha offers some advice to other homeschooled athletes I really think to be successful FRONT RUNNER BY S M TAYLOR 12 HSNMAGAZINE COM HSNMAGAZINE COM 13

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T raining is about to be in full swing for the Oklahoma City Storm track team and senior Aleiha Mitchell is hoping to finish strong this final season with the Storm Although a multi sport athlete her real passion is for Track and Field and she is currently listed as one of the top 100 homeschooled track athletes in the country Born May 17 2000 in Harrah Oklahoma Aleiha says she s been fortunate to grow up so supported and encouraged by her parents and really attributes her track success to her mother Tamiko Mitchell My Mom has really helped me through the years especially during the times when I struggled with track and wanted to just give up and quit the sport She just kept encouraging me to stick with it and to keep persevering and I m so glad I did ALEIHA MITCHELL Aleiha Mitchell s strongest events are the 100 and 200 meters and her biggest goal for this season is to beat the homeschool national record in her age group The current record and time to beat is 12 56 held by McKae Mitchell now at Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma City Storm head coach Terry Lawson says he thinks she can do it Aleiha s best times from last season are 12 95 in the 100 meters and 26 8 in the 200 meters so I think she has a great shot at meeting that goal and breaking that 100 meter record this season Coach Lawson continues I have been fortunate enough to coach Aleiha her entire high school track career and I m really going to miss having her on the team but also couldn t be prouder as she looks towards the future Aleiha recently signed with College of the Ozarks and having that next part of her future mapped out will allow her to focus on finishing out her senior year strong and work on breaking those personal records and obtaining that homeschool record goal Her continued commitment to training will also determine how successful she will be at this next level as she heads off to college She s shown enough talent at the high school level to see a lot of success and I think she can continue that It might be a bit of an adjustment for her going from being a seasonal athlete two to three months a year to becoming a year round athlete playing in college but I think she ll adjust just fine in homeschool track you do have to commit to training longer and harder on your own time Don t let the fact that you may not always have the same range of equipment as other teams keep you from your own training goals To succeed in anything you keep trying training and doing your best Don t ever let anything hold you back when you have a goal to accomplish Our track team at times only had 15 high school kids on the team so we just really had to pull together in training and at some of the meets If that means you have to run an extra event here and there then you do it That s what teamwork is all about Aleiha remembers a funny moment from her very first day of practice and begins laughing as she talks about it My first track practice ever Coach Lawson said we would have an EASY workout I was absolutely pumped then once I got there and Coach had us run three 100 s two 200 s and one 400 I just about died I mean literally I was about to quit track before I even started she shakes her head and giggles I remember that was the most sore I have ever been and even now I have never had that level of soreness again I look back to that day and think to myself you re kidding me that WAS an easy workout It s so funny to look back on what you once thought of as hard and see just how far you ve come as an athlete and as a person Coach Lawson has helped me with my struggles in track and has pushed me to become a better runner than I ever thought I could be today He has placed me in races and events that I never thought I could run yet he helped me do so He is one of the few people I hear while I am racing He is seriously the greatest coach I could ask for and I m so grateful for all he has done Coach Terry Lawson is starting his fifth season as head coach with the Oklahoma City Storm Their track season runs from the middle of March through the middle of May and training really gets started once they return from Nationals for basketball Most of my athletes including Aleiha play multiple sports so it s proven so beneficial for Aleiha offers some advice to other homeschooled athletes I really think to be successful FRONT RUNNER BY S M TAYLOR 12 HSNMAGAZINE COM HSNMAGAZINE COM 13

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staying in shape during the off season especially since we get started training a bit later than some of the other teams My wife and I were both track athletes in college so we enjoy coaching and sharing our experiences and what we ve learned throughout the years from our own coaches we ve had in the past I think it is our job and our responsibility to try and put these kids in the best position possible to succeed and that to me means on AND off the track When asked what Coach Lawson appreciates most about coaching in the homeschool arena he gave great insight on what makes it so rewarding Well for me personally working with kids gives me an opportunity every single day to not only make a difference in a child s life but to also speak into a child s life Any of the young athletes I ve coached whatever sport they need to be taught that it s not the most important thing they are ever going to do with their lives it s just something they are doing at this time in their lives so be the best you can be in every phase along the way Teaching life lessons is pretty much the foundation of my coaching philosophy and I just want to do my part in helping my kids succeed Coach Lawson shares one of his favorite OKC Storm team moments One thing I try to do during practice once a week is a devotional together as a team We were getting ready to go to Nationals and our 18 and under girls were going to be facing up against a team that had won the Championships for the last 13 years in a row I knew we had a decent shot to at least stay competitive with them this time but it was still intimidating for our team So during that week s devotional I told them the story about David and Goliath I told them I don t know if we are going to beat them but we could absolutely make sure they knew we were there The girls really responded to that and went on to win almost every event in every age group we entered It was a great victory for us as a team Although that other team had more athletes and ultimately won the meet they sure knew we were there I REALLY THINK TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN HOMESCHOOL TRACK YOU DO HAVE TO COMMIT TO TRAIN LONGER AND HARDER ON YOUR OWN TIME Photo by Benjamin Williams 14 HSNMAGAZINE COM N E X T L E V E L LILY BUNSE CINCINNATI BEARCAT POLE VAULTER FORMER HOMESCHOOL ATHLETE What advice would you give younger high school homeschooled athletes looking towards playing their sport in college I would probably say to keep working hard and pushing to get better Also make that effort to connect with coaches you meet I always went out of my way to be friendly and respectful to coaches from other high schools or colleges They all know and talk to each other so whatever attitude you have good or bad will spread to other coaches so keep that in mind In addition I attended camp at the college I was interested in so they could get to know me personally and see how I am to coach This helped me a lot Aleiha also mentions that same day at Nationals as her personal favorite career moment I was running the 200 meters and it was the end of the day and I was wearing down There was one girl that had been really giving me a run for my money all day long and this was the last event I just reached down and ended up beating my own personal best record which at that time was 27 6 Coach Lawson s words really stuck with me and at the end of the day I at least wanted that girl to know I was there She laughs Oklahoma City Storm teammate Jaynae Eddens speaks highly of Mitchell and how her role on the team is bigger than just her performance on the track One of the things that makes Aleiha stand out as a teammate in track and in basketball too is her positive attitude and constant encouragement of others Even if she isn t in the race with you or on the court with you you can always hear Aleiha cheering you on If you mess up she ll tell you that everyone makes HSNMAGAZINE COM 15

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staying in shape during the off season especially since we get started training a bit later than some of the other teams My wife and I were both track athletes in college so we enjoy coaching and sharing our experiences and what we ve learned throughout the years from our own coaches we ve had in the past I think it is our job and our responsibility to try and put these kids in the best position possible to succeed and that to me means on AND off the track When asked what Coach Lawson appreciates most about coaching in the homeschool arena he gave great insight on what makes it so rewarding Well for me personally working with kids gives me an opportunity every single day to not only make a difference in a child s life but to also speak into a child s life Any of the young athletes I ve coached whatever sport they need to be taught that it s not the most important thing they are ever going to do with their lives it s just something they are doing at this time in their lives so be the best you can be in every phase along the way Teaching life lessons is pretty much the foundation of my coaching philosophy and I just want to do my part in helping my kids succeed Coach Lawson shares one of his favorite OKC Storm team moments One thing I try to do during practice once a week is a devotional together as a team We were getting ready to go to Nationals and our 18 and under girls were going to be facing up against a team that had won the Championships for the last 13 years in a row I knew we had a decent shot to at least stay competitive with them this time but it was still intimidating for our team So during that week s devotional I told them the story about David and Goliath I told them I don t know if we are going to beat them but we could absolutely make sure they knew we were there The girls really responded to that and went on to win almost every event in every age group we entered It was a great victory for us as a team Although that other team had more athletes and ultimately won the meet they sure knew we were there I REALLY THINK TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN HOMESCHOOL TRACK YOU DO HAVE TO COMMIT TO TRAIN LONGER AND HARDER ON YOUR OWN TIME Photo by Benjamin Williams 14 HSNMAGAZINE COM N E X T L E V E L LILY BUNSE CINCINNATI BEARCAT POLE VAULTER FORMER HOMESCHOOL ATHLETE What advice would you give younger high school homeschooled athletes looking towards playing their sport in college I would probably say to keep working hard and pushing to get better Also make that effort to connect with coaches you meet I always went out of my way to be friendly and respectful to coaches from other high schools or colleges They all know and talk to each other so whatever attitude you have good or bad will spread to other coaches so keep that in mind In addition I attended camp at the college I was interested in so they could get to know me personally and see how I am to coach This helped me a lot Aleiha also mentions that same day at Nationals as her personal favorite career moment I was running the 200 meters and it was the end of the day and I was wearing down There was one girl that had been really giving me a run for my money all day long and this was the last event I just reached down and ended up beating my own personal best record which at that time was 27 6 Coach Lawson s words really stuck with me and at the end of the day I at least wanted that girl to know I was there She laughs Oklahoma City Storm teammate Jaynae Eddens speaks highly of Mitchell and how her role on the team is bigger than just her performance on the track One of the things that makes Aleiha stand out as a teammate in track and in basketball too is her positive attitude and constant encouragement of others Even if she isn t in the race with you or on the court with you you can always hear Aleiha cheering you on If you mess up she ll tell you that everyone makes HSNMAGAZINE COM 15

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mistakes and not to let that one moment ruin the rest of the game Eddens continues She has so much passion for track Whenever she s going to train or has to go work out I never hear her complain about it There have been times where the team needed someone to step up and run a long distance event to fill a gap at a meet and she does it and is a great example of sportsmanship to the rest of our team Eddens smiles and says You can always count on Aleiha Coach Lawson and the team are looking forward to this season and the continued growth of their homeschool track program In 2017 we had just about 80 kids on the team ranging from 8 to 18 years of age and this year we are expecting close to 100 to come out for track and field so our program is really growing and we have a lot of great talent to keep an eye on this season I think homeschool athletics are a wonderful thing and would recommend it from a couple standpoints One it equips the kids with life skills and discipline that you don t always find in a regular high school environment And two from a social standpoint it gives them an opportunity to build deeper relationships with other kids That s what I love about our Storm team is that all of our age groups practice track together from age 8 to 18 and I think it makes for better athletes Lawson says The older kids are also learning to set an example for others and are looked up to by the younger kids and they know it I think it teaches them how to be leaders and they learn early on to take responsibility for their actions Nationals are May 10 11 this year and the OKC Storm are really looking forward to getting back there and making a good impression on the track There will be teams from Texas Florida New York Illinois all over really so there will be a lot of kids and the turnout should be awesome says Coach Lawson and in preparation we will practice as a team on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays and then the High School kids work out on their own time as well Aleiha chimes in and says I think that s what is so special about the OKC Storm team is how we are all dedicated to the sport and are willing to put in the work needed individually to help us succeed as a team It s also amazing the way we support one another and are absolutely more like a family I have friends now for life that I met because of this team and I can t imagine what it would have been like growing up or even running track without them These years with the Storm and with Coach Lawson have been absolutely amazing and I wouldn t trade the experience for anything TO SUCCEED IN ANYTHING YOU KEEP TRYING TRAINING AND DOING YOUR BEST ALEIHA MITCHELL 5 Mistakes High School Athletes Make In The Weight Room Jace Derwin CSCS RSCC Head of Performance Training Volt Athletics Nowadays most athletes know that spending time in the weight room is one of the best ways to get better at their sport You know you can t just roll off the couch after months of inactivity show up on game day and expect to be successful if you want to be competitive you ve got to get in the weight room Whether you re a football linebacker volleyball player or cross country runner a properly designed strength training program will help you maximize your athletic potential in competition and arm yourself against injuries But showing up to the weight room is only one piece of the puzzle you have to know how to utilize the weight room THE RIGHT WAY in order to see the results you re after Here are the top 5 most common mistakes we see high school athletes making in the weight room and what YOU can do to avoid them Mistake 1 Random Training You can t just wander around the weight room doing random exercises for an arbitrary number of reps and expect to get better at your sport Most athletes know the weight room is the place to start putting on muscle and building strength but trying to guess your way through a workout is not the right way to go about it At Volt we specialize in getting sport specific training plans designed by strength coaches and based on industry standard S C principles into the hands of athletes and teams for this very reason There is a goal a structure and a formula to each and every Volt workout and no room for unnecessary exercises Randomly performing exercises in the gym will not only fail to optimize your athletic preparation but even worse can detract from your improvement on a progressive training plan AVOID IT Get on a training plan 16 HSNMAGAZINE COM Mistake 2 The Bench Press and Biceps Program Fellas I m looking at you The bench press is a great tool for developing upper body strength but it s not the ONLY tool Biceps curls may sculpt your guns but they don t offer much in terms of performance development These two movements are probably the most often performed exercises in a high school weight room but when it comes to improving your athleticism they re simply overrated It s better to train on a well rounded program built specifically to help develop the athletic traits you need for competition Will bench press and curls be included For most sports yes simply at the right times and for the right reasons AVOID IT Get on a well rounded training plan Mistake 3 Train till You Puke Mental toughness is a term used frequently to describe the discipline and effort needed to excel at sports Players who can last nine innings four quarters or the full 90 are said to have great mental toughness But it is also used to describe athletes who can survive a long grueling workout that leaves them lying on the floor gasping for breath which is not necessarily beneficial to your athletic performance Having the passion and fortitude to give something your all is an important part of being an athlete but when it comes to preparing for your game you have to be careful that you don t train SO hard that you limit what you can do tomorrow Ending a workout without puking or leaving a you shaped sweat puddle on the floor doesn t mean that you re 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mistakes and not to let that one moment ruin the rest of the game Eddens continues She has so much passion for track Whenever she s going to train or has to go work out I never hear her complain about it There have been times where the team needed someone to step up and run a long distance event to fill a gap at a meet and she does it and is a great example of sportsmanship to the rest of our team Eddens smiles and says You can always count on Aleiha Coach Lawson and the team are looking forward to this season and the continued growth of their homeschool track program In 2017 we had just about 80 kids on the team ranging from 8 to 18 years of age and this year we are expecting close to 100 to come out for track and field so our program is really growing and we have a lot of great talent to keep an eye on this season I think homeschool athletics are a wonderful thing and would recommend it from a couple standpoints One it equips the kids with life skills and discipline that you don t always find in a regular high school environment And two from a social standpoint it gives them an opportunity to build deeper relationships with other kids That s what I love about our Storm team is that all of our age groups practice track together from age 8 to 18 and I think it makes for better athletes Lawson says The older kids are also learning to set an example for others and are looked up to by the younger kids and they know it I think it teaches them how to be leaders and they learn early on to take responsibility for their actions Nationals are May 10 11 this year and the OKC Storm are really looking forward to getting back there and making a good impression on the track There will be teams from Texas Florida New York Illinois all over really so there will be a lot of kids and the turnout should be awesome says Coach Lawson and in preparation we will practice as a team on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays and then the High School kids work out on their own time as well Aleiha chimes in and says I think that s what is so special about the OKC Storm team is how we are all dedicated to the sport and are willing to put in the work needed individually to help us succeed as a team It s also amazing the way we support one another and are absolutely more like a family I have friends now for life that I met because of this team and I can t imagine what it would have been like growing up or even running track without them These years with the Storm and with Coach Lawson have been absolutely amazing and I wouldn t trade the experience for anything TO SUCCEED IN ANYTHING YOU KEEP TRYING TRAINING AND DOING YOUR BEST ALEIHA MITCHELL 5 Mistakes High School Athletes Make In The Weight Room Jace Derwin CSCS RSCC Head of Performance Training Volt Athletics Nowadays most athletes know that spending time in the weight room is one of the best ways to get better at their sport You know you can t just roll off the couch after months of inactivity show up on game day and expect to be successful if you want to be competitive you ve got to get in the weight room Whether you re a football linebacker volleyball player or cross country runner a properly designed strength training program will help you maximize your athletic potential in competition and arm yourself against injuries But showing up to the weight room is only one piece of the puzzle you have to know how to utilize the weight room THE RIGHT WAY in order to see the results you re after Here are the top 5 most common mistakes we see high school athletes making in the weight room and what YOU can do to avoid them Mistake 1 Random Training You can t just wander around the weight room doing random exercises for an arbitrary number of reps and expect to get better at your sport Most athletes know the weight room is the place to start putting on muscle and building strength but trying to guess your way through a workout is not the right way to go about it At Volt we specialize in getting sport specific training plans designed by strength coaches and based on industry standard S C principles into the hands of athletes and teams for this very reason There is a goal a structure and a formula to each and every Volt workout and no room for unnecessary exercises Randomly performing exercises in the gym will not only fail to optimize your athletic preparation but even worse can detract from your improvement on a progressive training plan AVOID IT Get on a training plan 16 HSNMAGAZINE COM Mistake 2 The Bench Press and Biceps Program Fellas I m looking at you The bench press is a great tool for developing upper body strength but it s not the ONLY tool Biceps curls may sculpt your guns but they don t offer much in terms of performance development These two movements are probably the most often performed exercises in a high school weight room but when it comes to improving your athleticism they re simply overrated It s better to train on a well rounded program built specifically to help develop the athletic traits you need for competition Will bench press and curls be included For most sports yes simply at the right times and for the right reasons AVOID IT Get on a well rounded training plan Mistake 3 Train till You Puke Mental toughness is a term used frequently to describe the discipline and effort needed to excel at sports Players who can last nine innings four quarters or the full 90 are said to have great mental toughness But it is also used to describe athletes who can survive a long grueling workout that leaves them lying on the floor gasping for breath which is not necessarily beneficial to your athletic performance Having the passion and fortitude to give something your all is an important part of being an athlete but when it comes to preparing for your game you have to be careful that you don t train SO hard that you limit what you can do tomorrow Ending a workout without puking or leaving a you shaped sweat puddle on the floor doesn t mean that you re not giving 100 to that workout Athletes in general need help finding a handbrake when it comes to how intense their weight room sessions should be There will be HSNMAGAZINE COM 17

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moments in a planned training schedule when it s appropriate and necessary to give it your all but those should be properly spaced within a training program so their effect on performance is maximized and your ability to compete is improved AVOID IT Focus on the specific goals of each workout NOT on going so hard you end up puking Mistake 4 Training Everything BUT Athleticism Iron Addiction The weight room is a place where athletes can improve any number of physical qualities like strength explosiveness durability and endurance but sometimes it s easy to forget to that the weight room isn t the ultimate destination and strength training isn t the ultimate goal Athletes need to be implementing the traits developed in the weight room in sport specific conditions of speed and power translating them into meaningful athletic qualities for competition You can t just lift a lot and expect to get better you must also prepare to handle the challenges of sprinting jumping changing direction and whatever other motor demands are involved in your sport Similarly you need to be conditioned to be able to repeat those efforts throughout your competition whether it s a four quarter football game or a 14 minute rugby sevens match Utilizing progressive med ball throws jumping and plyometric drills and a well designed energy system development plan conditioning plan will help to allow the strength qualities developed in the weight room to be properly expressed during game time Finding ways to fit all the puzzle pieces together is exactly why you need a properly structured training program AVOID IT Don t ignore conditioning and field work Mistake 5 Training ONLY Athleticism Iron Deficiency There s a flip side to this coin Too many athletes think they can prepare themselves for competition by only performing hurdle drills and speed ladders skipping the weight room entirely sadly they ll only end up getting better at hurdle drills and speed ladders A good strength training program exposes the body to progressively higher workloads increasing the functional capacity of the body to work more efficiently with less risk of injury In other words strength training will help make your movements safer and more efficient allowing you to work harder with less effort This 18 HSNMAGAZINE COM is much harder to accomplish if athletes are functionally weak from lack of weight room preparation Athletes who expose themselves to strength training can increase their potential to become fast and powerful those efficient movement patterns allow for greater force production after all and will see greater results from speed and power training down the road AVOID IT Don t sacrifice all your weight room time for conditioning work The Takeaway If there s a theme here it s this the best way to prepare for your sport outside of actually PLAYING your sport is to train on a properly designed strength and conditioning program One that is structured no random training well rounded more than just bench press and biceps strategic varying in intensity balanced incorporating conditioning as well as weights and designed to maximize your athleticism translating weight room work to on field performance If your training doesn t accomplish these goals you may be wasting time well spent in the weight room If you re looking for a properly designed sport specific training plan you can always download the Volt training app from the iOS App Store Volt s training algorithm analyzes your data to build your personalized training program designed by certified strength coaches and specific to the demands on your sport Join over 100 000 coaches and athletes using Volt s intelligent training app try it free for 7 days About the Author Jace Derwin CSCS RSCC is the Head of Performance Training at Volt Jace manages Volt program design content development and educational resources for schools clubs and organizations Jace is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CSCS and holds a bachelor s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University About Volt Athletics Volt Athletics Inc Volt is the global leader in technology solutions for sport performance training Volt provides individually prescribed sport specific training programs built by certified strength coaches through Volt s intelligent training app Volt s unique delivery system enables coaches and athletes from high school to professional to access elite level training For more information please visit www voltathletics com HSNMAGAZINE COM 19 17

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moments in a planned training schedule when it s appropriate and necessary to give it your all but those should be properly spaced within a training program so their effect on performance is maximized and your ability to compete is improved AVOID IT Focus on the specific goals of each workout NOT on going so hard you end up puking Mistake 4 Training Everything BUT Athleticism Iron Addiction The weight room is a place where athletes can improve any number of physical qualities like strength explosiveness durability and endurance but sometimes it s easy to forget to that the weight room isn t the ultimate destination and strength training isn t the ultimate goal Athletes need to be implementing the traits developed in the weight room in sport specific conditions of speed and power translating them into meaningful athletic qualities for competition You can t just lift a lot and expect to get better you must also prepare to handle the challenges of sprinting jumping changing direction and whatever other motor demands are involved in your sport Similarly you need to be conditioned to be able to repeat those efforts throughout your competition whether it s a four quarter football game or a 14 minute rugby sevens match Utilizing progressive med ball throws jumping and plyometric drills and a well designed energy system development plan conditioning plan will help to allow the strength qualities developed in the weight room to be properly expressed during game time Finding ways to fit all the puzzle pieces together is exactly why you need a properly structured training program AVOID IT Don t ignore conditioning and field work Mistake 5 Training ONLY Athleticism Iron Deficiency There s a flip side to this coin Too many athletes think they can prepare themselves for competition by only performing hurdle drills and speed ladders skipping the weight room entirely sadly they ll only end up getting better at hurdle drills and speed ladders A good strength training program exposes the body to progressively higher workloads increasing the functional capacity of the body to work more efficiently with less risk of injury In other words strength training will help make your movements safer and more efficient allowing you to work harder with less effort This 18 HSNMAGAZINE COM is much harder to accomplish if athletes are functionally weak from lack of weight room preparation Athletes who expose themselves to strength training can increase their potential to become fast and powerful those efficient movement patterns allow for greater force production after all and will see greater results from speed and power training down the road AVOID IT Don t sacrifice all your weight room time for conditioning work The Takeaway If there s a theme here it s this the best way to prepare for your sport outside of actually PLAYING your sport is to train on a properly designed strength and conditioning program One that is structured no random training well rounded more than just bench press and biceps strategic varying in intensity balanced incorporating conditioning as well as weights and designed to maximize your athleticism translating weight room work to on field performance If your training doesn t accomplish these goals you may be wasting time well spent in the weight room If you re looking for a properly designed sport specific training plan you can always download the Volt training app from the iOS App Store Volt s training algorithm analyzes your data to build your personalized training program designed by certified strength coaches and specific to the demands on your sport Join over 100 000 coaches and athletes using Volt s intelligent training app try it free for 7 days About the Author Jace Derwin CSCS RSCC is the Head of Performance Training at Volt Jace manages Volt program design content development and educational resources for schools clubs and organizations Jace is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CSCS and holds a bachelor s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University About Volt Athletics Volt Athletics Inc Volt is the global leader in technology solutions for sport performance training Volt provides individually prescribed sport specific training programs built by certified strength coaches through Volt s intelligent training app Volt s unique delivery system enables coaches and athletes from high school to professional to access elite level training For more information please visit www voltathletics com HSNMAGAZINE COM 19 17

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Q A WITH COACH HSNATION How did the HSAA Golf team get started Coach A couple of the mothers of a few of our players actually established the HSAA Golf team and they put a lot of work into getting the program off the ground Tracey Garner Commissioner Julie Marshall Team Administrator and before I became coach Patty Garver led the team I think that is how a lot of homeschool teams get started actually when parents see the need and just start looking around for other kids to play the same sport their child loves It just shows how crucial the parents are to the success of any homeschool athletics team HSNATION How did your family get involved in golf Coach It really all started when my wife Hanh was left BY S M TAYLOR C O A C H S P O T L I G H T DAN LEWALLEN Head Golf Coach Dallas HSAA Golf is a family affair for HSAA Coach Dan Lewallen This successful Dallas team includes his son Matthew Lewallen Le as well as his two daughters Lauren and Taylor Lewallen Le However all 6 of his children play The HSAA boys team is the defending National Homeschool Golf Champion and Coach Lewallen thinks they can repeat that victory this year Although last year was their inaugural season they won Nationals in 2017 and have continued dominating and placing 1st at every tournament but one so far this season Getting into the better tournaments as a young team can often be difficult but these kids are playing so well that we are getting more and more invitations to play at both public and private school tournaments I think that speaks highly of our kids and the quality of players we have on the team says Coach Lewallen and he thinks they have an even stronger team this year 20 HSNMAGAZINE COM juggling multi sport schedules with all of our kids and often those practices overlapped and created time conflicts We have never been the drop off the kids at practice or games kind of parents and were very involved in each of our six kids athletic pursuits Then on a flight home from a business trip this guy sitting next to me on the plane told me about an organization called The First Tee Our family checked it out and joined back in 2000 when all six of our children decided they wanted to play golf We are still very involved with that organization to this day It s a really great national program that makes golf accessible and affordable for kids in cities all over the country Their mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf They shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity respect and perseverance through the game of golf along with course etiquette and things like making eye contact while shaking hands It s an amazing program and I would recommend it highly as a parent and as a coach This year our HSAA Dallas Golf team has been fortunate enough to partner with The First Tee to offer a class designed specifically for homeschool golfers as a developmental tool focused on elementary through Junior Varsity aged players I m pretty excited about that www thefirsttee org HSNATION What do you like best about coaching golf in the homeschool arena and what makes it unique Coach Well I think it s a combination of the golf side of it as well as the homeschool aspect I really think the kids that play golf in general just seem to be a higher caliber of respectful hard working kids Sometimes I ll go to the driving range with the HSAA team before a tournament and just listen to them talk amongst themselves and the way they discuss players they admire It always seems to me that the most respected being discussed are those who play the game the right way and show good sportsmanship on and off the course I am really impressed by that HSNATION What is your favorite career moment so far Coach That would be the Nationals last May There was a putting competition each player had three chances at about a 45 foot putt The closest to the hole wins My son Matthew and one other player each made the putt Then in the putt off between just those two the other player went first and his best of the 3 was about two and half feet from the hole My son Matthew was the closest with his first putt and is now the reigning national homeschool putting champion I m really proud of his accomplishment HSNATION Who inspired you most growing up Coach For sure my parents and my grandparents They were all so hard working and very family oriented They set a great example for me to follow as a parent I have great memories growing up on a dairy farm and continue to love farming and gardening to this day We have six kids six dogs chickens ducks and a few goats I guess you could say small farming is a passion of ours HSNATION Do you have a favorite sport saying quote or motto you live by Coach Golf is a game that is played on a five inch course the distance between your ears Bobby Jones For upcoming HSAA tournament opportunities email lewallen4golf yahoo com for info WANT TO NOMINATE YOUR COACH Visit hsnmagazine com and click Contact Us HSNMAGAZINE COM 21

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Q A WITH COACH HSNATION How did the HSAA Golf team get started Coach A couple of the mothers of a few of our players actually established the HSAA Golf team and they put a lot of work into getting the program off the ground Tracey Garner Commissioner Julie Marshall Team Administrator and before I became coach Patty Garver led the team I think that is how a lot of homeschool teams get started actually when parents see the need and just start looking around for other kids to play the same sport their child loves It just shows how crucial the parents are to the success of any homeschool athletics team HSNATION How did your family get involved in golf Coach It really all started when my wife Hanh was left BY S M TAYLOR C O A C H S P O T L I G H T DAN LEWALLEN Head Golf Coach Dallas HSAA Golf is a family affair for HSAA Coach Dan Lewallen This successful Dallas team includes his son Matthew Lewallen Le as well as his two daughters Lauren and Taylor Lewallen Le However all 6 of his children play The HSAA boys team is the defending National Homeschool Golf Champion and Coach Lewallen thinks they can repeat that victory this year Although last year was their inaugural season they won Nationals in 2017 and have continued dominating and placing 1st at every tournament but one so far this season Getting into the better tournaments as a young team can often be difficult but these kids are playing so well that we are getting more and more invitations to play at both public and private school tournaments I think that speaks highly of our kids and the quality of players we have on the team says Coach Lewallen and he thinks they have an even stronger team this year 20 HSNMAGAZINE COM juggling multi sport schedules with all of our kids and often those practices overlapped and created time conflicts We have never been the drop off the kids at practice or games kind of parents and were very involved in each of our six kids athletic pursuits Then on a flight home from a business trip this guy sitting next to me on the plane told me about an organization called The First Tee Our family checked it out and joined back in 2000 when all six of our children decided they wanted to play golf We are still very involved with that organization to this day It s a really great national program that makes golf accessible and affordable for kids in cities all over the country Their mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf They shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity respect and perseverance through the game of golf along with course etiquette and things like making eye contact while shaking hands It s an amazing program and I would recommend it highly as a parent and as a coach This year our HSAA Dallas Golf team has been fortunate enough to partner with The First Tee to offer a class designed specifically for homeschool golfers as a developmental tool focused on elementary through Junior Varsity aged players I m pretty excited about that www thefirsttee org HSNATION What do you like best about coaching golf in the homeschool arena and what makes it unique Coach Well I think it s a combination of the golf side of it as well as the homeschool aspect I really think the kids that play golf in general just seem to be a higher caliber of respectful hard working kids Sometimes I ll go to the driving range with the HSAA team before a tournament and just listen to them talk amongst themselves and the way they discuss players they admire It always seems to me that the most respected being discussed are those who play the game the right way and show good sportsmanship on and off the course I am really impressed by that HSNATION What is your favorite career moment so far Coach That would be the Nationals last May There was a putting competition each player had three chances at about a 45 foot putt The closest to the hole wins My son Matthew and one other player each made the putt Then in the putt off between just those two the other player went first and his best of the 3 was about two and half feet from the hole My son Matthew was the closest with his first putt and is now the reigning national homeschool putting champion I m really proud of his accomplishment HSNATION Who inspired you most growing up Coach For sure my parents and my grandparents They were all so hard working and very family oriented They set a great example for me to follow as a parent I have great memories growing up on a dairy farm and continue to love farming and gardening to this day We have six kids six dogs chickens ducks and a few goats I guess you could say small farming is a passion of ours HSNATION Do you have a favorite sport saying quote or motto you live by Coach Golf is a game that is played on a five inch course the distance between your ears Bobby Jones For upcoming HSAA tournament opportunities email lewallen4golf yahoo com for info WANT TO NOMINATE YOUR COACH Visit hsnmagazine com and click Contact Us HSNMAGAZINE COM 21

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DIRECTORY COMMUNICATION SCHEDULING COMMUNITY WANT TO SUBMIT INFO FOR A TOURNAMENT VISIT HSNMAGAZINE COM AND CLICK CONTACT US TODAY VISIT HSNMAGAZINE COM DIRECTORY AND SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION TODAY N A T I O N A L P R O G R A M D I R E C T O R Y ARKANSAS KANSAS TEXAS Faulkner Falcons PO Box 1081 Conway AR 72033 Telephone 501 891 2323 Gordon Gerbholz faulknerfalcons gmail com faulknerfalcons com KC East Lions Overland Park KS Telephone 816 590 8967 Van Stahr kce volleyball gmail com kceastlions com Austin Royals 8220 183A Toll Road Leander TX 78641 Telephone 512 537 8775 Jodie McGarity Jr austinroyalshomeschool gmail com austinroyals org Fort Smith Patriots 3023 Memphis Street Fort Smith AR 72901 Telephone 479 522 1197 Lee Prince mrprinceprinting gmail com fortsmithpatriots org Little Rock Flames P O Box 24436 Little Rock AR 72221 Telephone 501 258 3019 Mike Bennett mike bdglr com littlerockflames siplay com NW Arkansas Hornets PO Box 663 Farmington AR 72730 Telephone 479 409 1932 Kevin 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DIRECTORY COMMUNICATION SCHEDULING COMMUNITY WANT TO SUBMIT INFO FOR A TOURNAMENT VISIT HSNMAGAZINE COM AND CLICK CONTACT US TODAY VISIT HSNMAGAZINE COM DIRECTORY AND SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION TODAY N A T I O N A L P R O G R A M D I R E C T O R Y ARKANSAS KANSAS TEXAS Faulkner Falcons PO Box 1081 Conway AR 72033 Telephone 501 891 2323 Gordon Gerbholz faulknerfalcons gmail com faulknerfalcons com KC East Lions Overland Park KS Telephone 816 590 8967 Van Stahr kce volleyball gmail com kceastlions com Austin Royals 8220 183A Toll Road Leander TX 78641 Telephone 512 537 8775 Jodie McGarity Jr austinroyalshomeschool gmail com austinroyals org Fort Smith Patriots 3023 Memphis Street Fort Smith AR 72901 Telephone 479 522 1197 Lee Prince mrprinceprinting gmail com fortsmithpatriots org Little Rock Flames P O Box 24436 Little Rock AR 72221 Telephone 501 258 3019 Mike Bennett mike bdglr com littlerockflames siplay com NW Arkansas Hornets PO Box 663 Farmington AR 72730 Telephone 479 409 1932 Kevin Kirkman kevinpkirkman gmail com nwa hornets com Saline County Warriors PO Box 303 Bryant AR 72022 Telephone 501 350 8694 Brad Daniel braddaniel5 yahoo com salinecountyhomeschool org GEORGIA Georgia Force 5715 Sugar Crossing Dr Buford GA 30518 Telephone 770 878 3184 Scott Willis scott willis forcehsfootball com forcehsfootball com INDIANA Indianapolis Northwest Warriors 2126 North New Jersey Street Indianapolis IN 46202 Telephone 317 250 5387 Will Tolbert tolberwd yahoo com northwestwarriorbasketball com 22 HSNMAGAZINE COM Wichita Defenders 12610 W Birch St Wichita KS 67235 Telephone 316 350 4424 Josh Conyers athleticdirector wichitadefenders org wichitadefenders org MISSOURI St Louis Patriettes 7401 Liberty School Rd Leslie MO 63056 1220 Telephone 314 496 7756 Lisa Gildehaus mrschevyfarm hotmail com stlpatriettes org NEBRASKA Central Nebraska Falcons 609 So Rd G Giltner NE 68841 Telephone 402 604 9199 Brandon Hunnicutt hunnicuttcrew gmail com cnfalcons com TENNESSEE Memphis Nighthawks 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PROFESSIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN Our Team has the experience and skills to make you look like a million bucks By MIKE BENNETT Every Team needs a MOOSE Great athletes will tell you that the road to success is paved with blood sweat and tears Achieving athletic prominence requires focus discipline determination and dreaming larger than most Failure also plays a critical role in the journey The really great athletes have a keen awareness of the teammates coaches and family surrounding them This team provides the comradery support and encouragement to continue fighting when most simply quit In the game of football as in most team sports the success of one individual is almost always determined by the team surrounding them superstars understand this truth Arguably the greatest running back in the history of the Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith is the perfect example Standing Room only October 27 2002 a sellout crowd gathered at Texas Stadium in a regular season meeting against the Seattle Seahawks Texas Stadium was always filled with excitement but on that day there was the added anticipation of history in the making The seemingly untouchable record of 16 726 career rushing yards held by the late great Walter Payton was in jeopardy With nine minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter the ball was handed to Smith who charged over the left guard resulting in an 11 yard gain The crowd erupted play stopped celebration began Emmitt Smith had officially moved past Walter Payton becoming the NFL s all time leading rusher Enter The Moose I vividly remember watching that Cowboys game After all who wouldn t want to see history in the making if they had the chance Here is what you might find interesting I really can t remember seeing Smith charge over the left guard I didn t even remember how many yards he had gained to break the record And the opposing team that fateful day I had to research to find out who the Cowboys even played There is one moment however that will be etched in my memory forever Smith was obviously pumped His teammates were giving high fives hugs and slaps on the top of Emmitt s helmet Smith for obvious reasons tightly gripped the ball he had just carried for 11 yards But then it happened and I became very curious Smith made his way to the sidelines looking for someone He wasn t looking for his parents siblings coaches or anyone wearing a Cowboys uniform Finally he found the man he was searching for and made his way toward him Both men with tear filled eyes embraced on the sideline in a way that communicated to everyone watching that this was a special relationship The man Emmitt had found was Daryl Johnston Johnston was a former teammate and Dallas Cowboy fullback affectionately known by fans as Moose 24 HSNMAGAZINE COM MAILING SERVICES If you want to reach a lot of people at one time we can help Our every door direct is a powerful tool Although considered by many to be one of the best fullbacks of his day Johnston never became a household name save one the Smith household Understand that for a running back to gain the yards racked up by Smith his teammates had to open some holes through which he could carry the ball And although Johnston was not the lead blocker for Smith s entire career due to a career ending neck injury Daryl played the lead role in assisting Smith in the years leading up the that record breaking run During the emotional sideline embrace Smith told Johnston I couldn t have done it without you The response from Johnston It was my pleasure I couldn t imagine doing it for anyone else A few years later during his acceptance speech into the Professional Football Hall of Fame an obviously emotional Smith spoke directly to Johnston crediting the fullback for sacrificing himself for a number of years to block for him He said Without you I know that today would not have been possible POSTERS BANNERS Be a Superstar within your defined role Truth be told we all desire to be the superstar We re conditioned to believe that unless we are the leading scorer or quarterback of our team then our value is questionable Conversely too many times star athletes underestimate the value of their teammates many of whom make it possible for the stars to shine In either scenario the team suffers and potential is sacrificed Ideally we should all strive to discover and develop our strengths and corresponding roles with an understanding that mutual recognition and appreciation of our teammates is crucial Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston exemplify what it means to be team players and the attitudes and sacrifice that is needed to make a team work well Each man was incredibly successful in their own right one of them infinitely more well known than the other Ironically in the end through mutual respect and an understanding of clearly defined roles both men became each other s hero The history I set out to watch on October 27 2002 paled in comparison to the lessons I learned about team and winning from two men that cared for each other as friends and teammates SIR SPEEDY LITTLE ROCK From standard vinyl banners to posters and yard signs we have a solution for you 1300 N Shackleford Road Little Rock AR 72211 501 221 0200 sirspeedylr com NEW LOCATION WE VE MOVED SO WE CAN BETTER SERVE YOUR NEEDS WEBSITES You no longer have to overpay for a website We have the technology and experience to make it affordable for you GIVE US A CALL TODAY TO LEARN ABOUT ALL OF OUR GREAT SERVICES THAT WILL HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW 501 221 0200

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PROFESSIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN Our Team has the experience and skills to make you look like a million bucks By MIKE BENNETT Every Team needs a MOOSE Great athletes will tell you that the road to success is paved with blood sweat and tears Achieving athletic prominence requires focus discipline determination and dreaming larger than most Failure also plays a critical role in the journey The really great athletes have a keen awareness of the teammates coaches and family surrounding them This team provides the comradery support and encouragement to continue fighting when most simply quit In the game of football as in most team sports the success of one individual is almost always determined by the team surrounding them superstars understand this truth Arguably the greatest running back in the history of the Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith is the perfect example Standing Room only October 27 2002 a sellout crowd gathered at Texas Stadium in a regular season meeting against the Seattle Seahawks Texas Stadium was always filled with excitement but on that day there was the added anticipation of history in the making The seemingly untouchable record of 16 726 career rushing yards held by the late great Walter Payton was in jeopardy With nine minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter the ball was handed to Smith who charged over the left guard resulting in an 11 yard gain The crowd erupted play stopped celebration began Emmitt Smith had officially moved past Walter Payton becoming the NFL s all time leading rusher Enter The Moose I vividly remember watching that Cowboys game After all who wouldn t want to see history in the making if they had the chance Here is what you might find interesting I really can t remember seeing Smith charge over the left guard I didn t even remember how many yards he had gained to break the record And the opposing team that fateful day I had to research to find out who the Cowboys even played There is one moment however that will be etched in my memory forever Smith was obviously pumped His teammates were giving high fives hugs and slaps on the top of Emmitt s helmet Smith for obvious reasons tightly gripped the ball he had just carried for 11 yards But then it happened and I became very curious Smith made his way to the sidelines looking for someone He wasn t looking for his parents siblings coaches or anyone wearing a Cowboys uniform Finally he found the man he was searching for and made his way toward him Both men with tear filled eyes embraced on the sideline in a way that communicated to everyone watching that this was a special relationship The man Emmitt had found was Daryl Johnston Johnston was a former teammate and Dallas Cowboy fullback affectionately known by fans as Moose 24 HSNMAGAZINE COM MAILING SERVICES If you want to reach a lot of people at one time we can help Our every door direct is a powerful tool Although considered by many to be one of the best fullbacks of his day Johnston never became a household name save one the Smith household Understand that for a running back to gain the yards racked up by Smith his teammates had to open some holes through which he could carry the ball And although Johnston was not the lead blocker for Smith s entire career due to a career ending neck injury Daryl played the lead role in assisting Smith in the years leading up the that record breaking run During the emotional sideline embrace Smith told Johnston I couldn t have done it without you The response from Johnston It was my pleasure I couldn t imagine doing it for anyone else A few years later during his acceptance speech into the Professional Football Hall of Fame an obviously emotional Smith spoke directly to Johnston crediting the fullback for sacrificing himself for a number of years to block for him He said Without you I know that today would not have been possible POSTERS BANNERS Be a Superstar within your defined role Truth be told we all desire to be the superstar We re conditioned to believe that unless we are the leading scorer or quarterback of our team then our value is questionable Conversely too many times star athletes underestimate the value of their teammates many of whom make it possible for the stars to shine In either scenario the team suffers and potential is sacrificed Ideally we should all strive to discover and develop our strengths and corresponding roles with an understanding that mutual recognition and appreciation of our teammates is crucial Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston exemplify what it means to be team players and the attitudes and sacrifice that is needed to make a team work well Each man was incredibly successful in their own right one of them infinitely more well known than the other Ironically in the end through mutual respect and an understanding of clearly defined roles both men became each other s hero The history I set out to watch on October 27 2002 paled in comparison to the lessons I learned about team and winning from two men that cared for each other as friends and teammates SIR SPEEDY LITTLE ROCK From standard vinyl banners to posters and yard signs we have a solution for you 1300 N Shackleford Road Little Rock AR 72211 501 221 0200 sirspeedylr com NEW LOCATION WE VE MOVED SO WE CAN BETTER SERVE YOUR NEEDS WEBSITES You no longer have to overpay for a website We have the technology and experience to make it affordable for you GIVE US A CALL TODAY TO LEARN ABOUT ALL OF OUR GREAT SERVICES THAT WILL HELP YOUR BUSINESS GROW 501 221 0200

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