Su­per­sti­tions are the way in SCV sports

Foothill League teams share good luck rit­u­als be­fore games

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ha­ley Sawyer Sig­nal Sports Ed­i­tor

Triskaideka­pho­bia. The fear of the num­ber 13 is a lit­tle more sig­nif­i­cant this week, with Fri­day the 13th creep­ing up. While the date might not have much ef­fect on Foothill League teams in par­tic­u­lar, some coaches and ath­letes make an ef­fort to con­jure up some good luck be­fore games on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Some coaches are more su­per­sti­tious than oth­ers – some have top-se­cret pregame tra­di­tions, while oth­ers don’t be­lieve in luck at all.

A few coaches and play­ers shared with The Sig­nal their takes on what habits get them the best re­sults come game time.

Golden Val­ley foot­ball

The Griz­zlies dis­tance them­selves from any dis­trac­tion on Fri­day nights, in­clud­ing pregame tra­di­tions.

“We just try to stay within our rou­tine ev­ery week,” said coach Dan Kel­ley. “We try not to change any­thing. We don’t talk about it. Just an­other thing to add to the chaos of the game day.”

West Ranch vol­ley­ball

“I al­ways ask the girls ‘Guess what?’ and they re­ply ‘We get to play vol­ley­ball to­day!’ It’s a re­minder of how lucky we are that we are able to get to do what we do on a daily ba­sis,” said coach Jamey Ker.

Va­len­cia foot­ball

Vik­ings coach Larry Muir ac­knowl­edged

that his team has a Fri­day night rit­ual, but didn’t dis­close the de­tails.

What­ever they do, it’s worked for the Vikes so far this sea­son.

West Ranch foot­ball

There’s no such thing as luck ac­cord­ing to Wild­cats coach Chris Varner. Week in and week out, the Cats stick to the script and have no good luck rou­tine.

Hart vol­ley­ball

The In­di­ans have started a tra­di­tion this sea­son of writ­ing “#17” on their hands be­fore each game, which also serves as a re­minder of their sup­port for Alyssa Cosey, a Hart vol­ley­ball player who is bat­tling leukemia.

Hart is cur­rently un­de­feated in league play.

West Ranch girls ten­nis

Like Varner, Wild­cats ten­nis coach Dina McBride prefers to fo­cus on the task in front of her team. No su­per­sti­tions here.

Va­len­cia vol­ley­ball

Be­fore each match, the Vik­ings gather in a lo­ca­tion out­side the gym to get hyped for the chal­lenge ahead of them. There’s some spe­cific de­tails in­volved, but they’re con­fi­den­tial.

“It is kind of a se­cret to our group … but we like to sing and dance,” said out­side hit­ter Lo Russ.

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