Howdy! My name is Robert. I love almost anything about sports—competing, watching the games, following stats and players, etc. If I am not watching sports in my free time, I am probably hanging out with my friends or playing Xbox. Some of my other hobbies include fishing and hunting. My favorite sport to watch is college football. My goal is to one day become a play-by-play commentator for college football on ESPN or ABC or become a host commentator on College Gameday. The sports that I look forward to covering this year with Vype are football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. I'm most excited about getting to travel throughout the city of Houston to experience sports at many different high schools. What I hope to get the most out of Vype-U's ambassador program is to experience what the world of sports broadcasting is like, so that I am prepared for what my future in this field may bring me, and alsoto gain more confidence and eloquence in my public speaking skills. I'm excited for a great year ahead!
The loss of spring sports is one of the many impacts that COVID-19 has had on high schoolers in 2020. Athletes have had to put up with suspensions of their season that leaves them no assurance on whether or not they will be able to come back to school and play. Meanwhile, they are looking for ways to workout while their school weight rooms and other gyms are closed. As for seniors who are not playing in college, they have to deal with the possibility of not getting to play their favorite sport one last time.
While spring sport athletes are likely to get the brunt of what COVID-19 has to offer for the sports world, those who play in the fall still seem to have hope of getting to play in their upcoming season. Regardless, a global pandemic that may not be as prominent in five months will still have its effect on athletes, especially football players, now.
Upcoming seniors Jacob Psyk and Max Merril are both team captains for the 2020 Strake Jesuit football team and are looking to play in college at the Division 1 level. Yale, Penn, and Abilene Christian are some of the many teams that have offered both athletes. Even though the first game of their senior year won't kickoff until early September against renewed rival Jesuit Dallas, the two are still hindered by the societal effects of COVID-19, as it raises unknowns about what's to come of spring football and their recruitment. VYPE U Ambassador Robert Gonsoulin took some time to interview Merril and Psyk in order to learn how both players are ensuring that the team is staying on track during these difficult times and what their outlook is for next season.
The annual Katy ISD Bubba Fife Relays were hosted this past Saturday at Paetow High School, and many teams did not disappoint, to say the very least. The long time Texas high school track meet invited schools from all over the greater Houston area, including teams from Katy, Spring Branch, and Fort Bend independent school districts. Tompkins, Elkins, and Strake Jesuit stood out amongst the top teams in the boys division, while Katy, Atascocita, Seven Lakes, and Cinco Ranch stood out amongst the girls.