“The moment that this picture shows is our team entering the game that our whole season led up to,” said Meredith Hilgefort, a Jasper senior. “When we are all linking and squeezing each other’s pinkies before the moment we had been training for, it was such a surreal and calming feeling. It unifies us in a sense. I remember this game so vividly, and this moment was when I was the most calm. Standing on the line with your team as a senior in the sectional championship game in a full gym that is completely silent is indescribable. When they play the national anthem, I use the time to take a deep breath, calm my nerves, and lock in.”
Forest Park senior Tyler Hedinger circles up with the low brass section during warmups at the Indiana State School Music Association state marching band finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Nov. 9, 2019. Herald photo by Marlena Sloss.
“It’s nerve-wracking because you didn’t see the crowd yet, you didn’t see the field,” Tyler said. “It was kind of sad because it was the last one we were going to do. But [huddling up] hypes you up. It makes you excited. We talk about different things to not screw up during the performance, like the harder parts and how to remember to do them.”
Southridge senior Conner Oxley takes a moment to himself in the locker room before the Goal Post Trophy game in Jasper on Aug. 30, 2019. Herald photo by Traci Westcott.
“I remember it was a big game against Jasper,” Conner said. “I knew I put in the work, and I didn’t want to let my emotions and nerves get in front of me, so I got down on a knee, and took a moment to myself. We’re brothers and in this together, but we get in the right mindset in different ways. To calm my nerves, I go off in my own little world before reality hits.”