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    Michael Bonaparte said he played just about every sport growing up. “I liked to do every sport, football, basketball, tennis, as a child,” said Bonaparte, a freshman at Carver. He gave baseball a try two years ago.

      Learning that your high school career in a sport you love is most likely done before the season has hardly begun is a bitter pill to swallow. “I’m really frustrated and sad,” said Winborne Broughton, a senior on the girls lacrosse team at Reynolds. “It really hasn’t hit me yet. I have this h…

        Parker Sobota’s journey on the baseball diamond began when he was 7 years old. The East Forsyth senior has played four years in the Eagles’ program, including the last two on the varsity team.

          A year ago, John Tzintzun joined the boys tennis team at Walkertown as a newcomer. Since then, he has gradually worked his way up the totem pole.

            Gabby Winters’ softball career has come full circle. Over the past four years, she’s filled in wherever needed, doing whatever it took to make the Bobcats better.

              The popularity of lacrosse appears to be spreading because of friend recommendations. Connor Witt said he first tried the sport in the middle school, thanks to the encouragement of a friend.

              Adolfo Fernandez is looking to help Reagan’s baseball team improve on last season’s runner-up finish in the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference.

              Two years ago, for 15 or 20 minutes, Lilly Chase had the eyes of an entire track meet on her.

              Running track became appealing to Skye Wong when she was in middle school at Our Lady of Mercy.

              Austin Amos of Walkertown put together an all-star-caliber season in 2019. In his first full campaign of varsity baseball duty, he made the most of his opportunity.

              Reagan Wall wanted to be a tennis player. Her father, Brian, signed her up for softball at Southwest Forsyth Little League.

              When Karthik Lalwani moved from a school in Tacoma, Wash., to Forsyth Country Day 20 months ago, he figured that going out for a sports team — in his case, track and field — would be a great way to develop friendships at a new school.

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              Kamdyn Burns credited Coach David Hamlin with convincing her to play lacrosse three years ago. “My sophomore year I heard that lacrosse was going to be a new sport at Atkins,” said Burns, a senior. “Coach Ham put it in my head to play.”

              After enduring a rookie season that had its highs and lows, Kamari Davis of Parkland is looking to establish himself as a rising track talent this spring.

              Jack Beilman succumbed to peer pressure when he decided to forego soccer for lacrosse. “I had friends that talked me into it,” said Beilman, a senior at Reynolds. “I thought it looked interesting, so I tried it and stuck with it.”

              Hanging out with friends inspired Melanie Noyola to join the Carver soccer team. “I played with all of my friends,” said Noyola, a senior. “It was a way for all of us to hang out together in and out of school. Playing with all of my friends is really fun.”

              The thought of joining North Forsyth’s track team last year was a scary experience for Iyona King. “I wanted to do it, but I was afraid,” said King, a junior. “I had a friend who was on it and that helped a lot.”

              Kieren Smith doesn’t hesitate to name the major thing he has learned from playing golf at East Forsyth team. “Patience,” said Smith, a senior. “I used to have none. Controlling my temper overall is the biggest thing.”

              Sara Pace is pulling double duty for Mount Tabor this spring on the softball field and on the track. It’s the second straight year she has accomplished this after also running cross country and indoor track.

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