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October Committed Athletes: Ben L. '20 and Betsy S. 20
October Committed Athletes: Ben L. '20 and Betsy S. 20

Led by head coach Rick Huegli and assistant coach Erica Pitman, the Lakeside strength and conditioning program's committed athlete platform recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room.

Lakeside student-athletes who exemplify the following traits are looked at as potential committed athletes:

  • Consistent attendance to training sessions that have been arranged;
  • Consistent attendance to training sessions beyond regular in-season team sessions;
  • Appropriate effectiveness and training intensity of workouts;
  • Proactive communication with strength and conditioning staff;
  • Punctuality;
  • Positive attitude toward self and others during workout sessions; and,
  • Leadership example.

"We want to be purposeful about the way we train and the way we are building competence in our student-athletes," Huegli said. "Our objective each and every day is to grow and promote a culture of commitment and personal responsibility within our student-athletes. We're really laying the foundation of our strength program by rolling out the committed athlete platform."

In addition to being highlighted on the Lakeside Athletics website, student-athletes (one boy and one girl) who are selected will be featured in the weight room with their name written on the wall for all to see. Those selected will also receive a strength and conditioning t-shirt that highlights their accomplishments.

Huegli recently named juniors Ben L. and Betsy S. as Lakeside committed athletes.

Coach Huegli commented on the efforts of these two newest members of the committed athlete group.

It is a great pleasure to recognize both Ben and Betsy as Committed Athletes because they are the epitome of committed to their training. Both have had year-round consistency since they came to Lakeside and their growth, development and skill has progressed significantly. As they’ve trained their confidence has bloomed. They are excellent representatives of the Lakeside Committed Athlete!


After learning of their selection as committed athletes, Ben and Betsy talked about what it means to be recognized.

Ben L.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

Commitment is taking advantage of every opportunity to improve yourself. It means using every minute of practice time, and every minute you can outside of practice.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

Overcoming physical and mental challenges in the weight room has made me a stronger athlete and given me confidence.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

Go to every practice and every lifting session you can. Make time outside of practice and lifting to get some extra work in. It doesn't matter how you feel before the workout; consistency will pay off in the long term. Recognize that nothing comes immediately and work through that.

Betsy S.

1. Describe what being a committed athlete at Lakeside looks like to you.

Being a committed athlete entails having dreams, setting goals to achieve those dreams, and then creating and maintaining the habits that will make those dreams a reality. Commitment has a direct correlation to priorities; you are committed to what you prioritize and you prioritize what you are committed to. At Lakeside this means finding time to prioritize getting to practice and into the weight room, and being able to let go of whatever else you have going on and work hard.

2. How have you benefited from being a part of the strength and conditioning program at Lakeside?

I think the two biggest ways I’ve benefited from the strength and conditioning program so far are learning accountability and consistency in training habits, as well as reducing injuries. As far as accountability and consistency, those skills are life-long and though they will have an impact on my athletic endeavors, they will have an even greater impact on my life and future outside of sports. On the subject of fewer injuries, since I’ve joined the strength and conditioning program I’ve noticed far fewer overuse/misalignment injuries, which I theorize has to do with having more overall strength, allowing my body to do a better job stabilizing itself.

3. As a student-athlete, what would you pass along to your peers about becoming more of a committed athlete?

Something that’s significantly helped me recently is having a “reach goal”, or a goal that will be a big stretch to achieve, but that I care deeply about. Whenever I’m struggling to motivate myself to maintain my commitment, I reorient my mindset and priorities towards that goal. I also like to remind myself how lucky we are to have the resources of the weight-room and coaches. There are few high schools with the resources we have, and when I remember that it makes it difficult for me to justify choosing to neglect an opportunity many kids our age can only wish for.

Congratulations, Ben and Betsy!

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