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Jimmy Quinones shows off his Rugby spirit wear.

Jimmy Quinones shows off his Rugby spirit wear.

Liliana Gamboa

Jimmy Quinones shows off his Rugby spirit wear.

Liliana Gamboa

Liliana Gamboa

Jimmy Quinones shows off his Rugby spirit wear.

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Many people believe that participating in school sports motivates students to do better academically in school.

There are many benefits to being a high school athlete such as developing the following characteristics, team work, perseverance, responsibility and commitment which are abilities that will be used in the long run. Being a school athlete also helps in greater personal confidence. The requirements of being involved in a school sport are earning high grades and restraint in avoiding risky behavior. In a random survey of 100 Morton student’s of sophomores, juniors and seniors, overall 75 percent agreed that school sports to have an influence on improving academically.

Jimmy Quinones and Jose Muratalla have participated in football, rugby and wrestling all four years of high school.

“I learned a lot, it taught me how to deal with tough situations in life and school,” senior Jimmy Quinones said.

Teammate Jose Muratalla, too, learned a lot and gained new friendships.

“Through out my years in sports I made a lot of new friends and we won the state championship for rugby,” senior Jose Muratalla said.

One of the benefits of being a school athlete is getting recognition from many colleges early on.

“I get a lot of emails from a lot of schools for them wanting me to go watch their games, but it is not the best of my interest to go to those schools so I would have to say no,” senior Jose Muratalla said.

Being in a sport motivates you to set goals for yourself.

“We had a goal set in mind for Rugby our junior year and we accomplished it by winning the state championship,” senior Jimmy Quinones said.

Although they had ups and downs they still managed to stay together as a team.

“I’m going to miss hanging out with the guys before and after practice,” senior Jose Muratalla said.

“I’ll miss everything, the good and the bad,” senior Jimmy Quinones said.

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