Club Directory: Athletics

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By Denebola Staff

ANGRY CORN ULTIMATE FRISBEE

What does your club do?

We’re a co-ed ultimate frisbee team that meets in the fall and spring.  We play other teams in the area and go to a couple of tournaments every year.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Anyone can join the club– no prior ultimate experience is required.  People who enjoy playing sports outside would love Angry Corn.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

My favorite part of Angry Corn is the bonding with teammates.  It’s definitely a very social club where people enjoy each others company.

ARCHERY CLUB

What does your club do?

The Archery Club introduces the growing sport of archery to the Newton South community. We hold shooting sessions in Gym B, as well as hold classroom sessions to teach students and even teachers about the parts of a bow and the proper form of archery.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Virtually anybody would find archery interesting– even a person with the slightest interest in archery would find this enjoyable.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

In my experience running the club, the best part about the shooting and classroom sessions is that it’s a great way of meeting new people, whether it’s within your grade or not. The thing about the Newton South Archery Club is that it’s currently an “exclusive” club, because no other high school that I know of has an Archery club.

ATHLETES SERVING THE COMMUNITY

What does your club do?

Local community service, most notably with the elderly and kids with special needs.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Despite the name, anybody can join. It’s the perfect club for people who don’t have much time because there’s only one or two events per month and we don’t meet during J-block.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

This club does so much to help our own local community, whether it be helping at a road race or throwing a party for Newton’s own senior citizens. It truly has made Newton a better place.

BADMINTON CLUB

What does your club do?

We meet every Thursday J-block in the field house and play badminton.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Anyone who likes sports and meeting new people would enjoy this club!

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

The best thing about being part of this club is that I get to relax after class and have fun with my friends playing my favorite sport.

DREAMFAR

What does your club do?

Dreamfar is a program that trains high school students to run marathons. We train for about seven months (October to April) to run the Providence Marathon in May.

What kind of person would enjoy being in this club?

We are looking for open-minded individuals who want to challenge themselves, have fun, and become more involved in the Newton South community! No prior athletic experience is necessary.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

The best thing about being a part of Dreamfar, in my opinion, is how much you discover about yourself during the training process. Running 26.2 miles is not easy by any means, and you come to realize that you’re stronger than you actually thought!

FENCING CLUB

What does your club do?

Our Fencing Club teaches fencing from the basics, so students with no experience are welcome! We practice form, posture, parries, fence each other (with full equipment), and watch videos of top world-champion fencers! Practice is every Thursday j-block in the dance/yoga room.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Any person who is looking for a new experience and a way to challenge themselves both physically and mentally is welcome! We play different games and change up practice routines, so it’s a fun, yet challenging introduction for people who have been thinking about pursuing the sport, as well as for people who want to pursue the sport more seriously outside of school, or who are already part of a team outside of school, and want to get more practice.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

The best thing about being a part of this club has been meeting the students who have joined! We’ve had a very international group this year, with exchange students from China, Sweden, Germany, and France! It’s great seeing them catch on so quickly, and we always end up having half hour discussions after practice about differing cultures and experiences in these different places. I would have never had the chance to meet and talk with them without our club, so it was awesome how close we have gotten over the course of a few months.

FITNESS AND NUTRITION

What does your club do?

Our club is one that promotes social and physical wellbeing not only for our group members, but for people all around us. We usually meet up once a week or once every two weeks outside of school and we hang around for a little while and discuss our plans for the week, what kind of activities we did (anything new) and we talk about schoolwork, etc. After our 10-15 minute talk, we usually have a healthy snack that we decided on making the previous week (for example, this week was ‘ants on a log’, celery with peanut butter and raisins or with soynut butter for people with allergies). We try to go outside as much as possible, where we play sports and do activities such as frisbee, kickball, and wall ball.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

This club is intended for anyone! We have people who live very active lifestyles and play sports for two to three seasons, and we have people who haven’t worked out before or played a South sport. The variety of our members is endless and everyone who has tried the club usually ends up enjoying it as everyone’s welcoming and easygoing!

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

Personally, I believe the best part of this club, as with any club, is the experience of meeting new people. I only knew about four of our starting 10 members, but we all quickly became close friends inside of school and out! I’d have to say that even though we do promote fitness and nutrition, the most memorable time was when we ordered three large pizzas and destroyed them all in a matter of minutes!

FRISBEASTS (GIRL’S FRISBEE TEAM)

What does your club do?

We basically play frisbee. There are three practices a week and members of the team are asked to come to at least two. In the spring we play games against other teams (away and home). In the fall we mostly just practice, but there are occasional pick up games.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Really anybody will enjoy ultimate. It’s a really fun sport because it isn’t too intense. We definitely encourage people to try their best, but it’s not high stakes. Anybody is a member of the team if they show up and give it their all. It’s also a really welcoming sport because an integral part of playing is good spirit, which is exemplified at the end of games when we sing a song for the other team and give one of their players a spirit gift (usually candy).

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

I have a lot of fun when I’m with the team. I love playing ultimate and it is nice to just run around with my friends after school. There are also small things I really love about being on the team, like biking to away games or swimming in crystal lake after a long game.

HIKING CLUB

What does your club do?

There are organized hikes people get together and go on. No signing up is necessary– if you’re part of the club, there’s a Facebook poll for attendance, which is really convenient.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Pretty much anyone can enjoy this club, it’s fun for both hanging out with your friends and meeting new people. The hikes aren’t intense, so it’s more relaxing and joyful than anything else.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

The best thing about being part of this club has been the general openness for me. It’s very welcoming and a low pressure environment, which can sometimes be the complete opposite of school. In a way, it’s just more time to spend with my friends, which is always great.

RUGBY CLUB

What does your club do?

The Rugby Club is a club sport that plays rugby against other schools and practices about three times per week.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

I think that there is something for all types of people. That’s what makes rugby unique– different positions require different body types. There is a position for everyone. I think this is good for people who want to have a good time, it’s not really serious, but if you decide you want a more serious commitment there are opportunities to advance to a higher level.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

I just love playing rugby (my favorite part is tackling people). Honestly, it’s so fun and although injuries do occur, it’s not as dangerous as everyone thinks it is. There are rules to ensure safety and it’s only when people don’t follow them that injury occurs.  But I also love the people. My teammates feel like a second family to me and I think we are a lot closer to each other than in other sports. I’ve always looked for a place where I belonged, and I found it in rugby. Honestly, joining the rugby team has been the best decision I have made in my high school career.

SOCCER FAN CLUB

What does your club do?

This club is a place for people to talk about and play soccer during J-blocks. At first when we started this club, we wanted it to be a place to hang out and relax after school and just talk about teams, leagues, players, etc (and watch games). Now, we’re trying to make it a bigger thing for this year and trying to implement things such as soccer tournaments within the club that will cost small sums of money, all of which will go to a charity of the club members’ choice.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Anyone with any knowledge or interest in soccer could enjoy of this club. Our main group is people who follow the sport fairly often, but we also love teaching new people about any aspect of the sport.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

The best part of the club is probably just having people to talk to about what’s going on in the world of soccer. It’s really something that you can follow most days of the year and is always changing. Just having people to talk to about the sport is always a good time.

SQUASH CLUB

What does your club do?

Newton High School Squash Club is a team for both Newton South and Newton North students to play squash at a club level and compete with other local high schools competitively.  We practice during the winter at the Harvard Murr Center’s great facilities and welcome all levels of skill and experience.  

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Anyone who plays squash, or is looking to learn how to play, would enjoy the club.  The club is also a good fit for those looking to pick up a new sport, exercise, or simply meet new people. This will be especially true for those that may have had experience with other racquet sports. The club’s first chapter was originally founded at Newton North, so we are looking for more Newton South members!

What has been the best thing about being part of this club, in your experience?

Squash often has a reputation of being a private school sport and being difficult to play because of the need for facilities.  It has been a great experience playing with so many different people and getting more interested in the sport, which traditionally has a smaller following.  Our club also maintains a great balance of fun and competitiveness.  While we often play matches, they are low pressure, allowing members to learn new things and enjoy the experience.

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