(This is the latest in a series of entries by guest bloggers throughout the high school spring sports season. Stamford High senior Emily Powers, a starting defender for the school’s two-time state championship field hockey team, is playing lacrosse this spring though she had never picked up a stick before and the program is still competing on the JV level. She will tell you why and document the experience.)
By Emily Powers
I stepped off the Stamford High School turf last night, walked into the locker room and took a whiff of that awful locker-room smell for the last time.
Being a senior is all about moving on, looking forward to leaving high school, but sometimes you forget about the sad things that come with moving on. After the field hockey season, I thought I had played my last sport in a Black Knight uniform. The lacrosse team welcomed me with open arms and gave me a whole new season to look forward to.
Now, that’s over too. I left the locker room last night not really thinking about what was going on as I juggled my stick, my sneakers and my Senior Night gifts. It took until this morning to realize that I will never walk into that locker room with the terrible odor again after a game.
Although the lacrosse season was short (especially for me because I joined late), the team finished with a winning record, and that was the goal. To go from not winning a game last season to 6-5 this year was a huge accomplishment.
And even though I didn’t get a lot of playing time, I enjoyed being able to be a part of a Stamford High sports team for one last time.
The season was filled with me getting to know a different group of girls, learning from them and growing into a lacrosse player. But the sad thing is it took for the season to be over and me to really realize I’ll never again step into that locker room before or after a game for me to really appreciate it.
The saying, “You never know what you have until it’s gone” has never felt more real.