The school year is under way and with that comes the anticipation and excitement of high school sports. But Friday night lights aren't limited to football–you've got the soccer, baseball and wrestling teams, among numerous others.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the top Poway High athletes to look for this school year.
Position: Wide receiver, safety
Favorite football team: Cleveland Browns
Favorite football player: Josh Cribbs
Poway Patch: What is your favorite thing about playing for the PHS Titan football team?
Nick Sharpe: The coaches treat their players well and treat everyone with respect.
Poway Patch: How long have you been playing football and when did it become a passion of yours?
Sharpe: I've been playing football since I was 8 for RB Pop Warner and moved to Poway in seventh grade.
Poway Patch: Describe a typical game day. What are some of the things you do in preparation for a game?
Sharpe: I get up and eat a good breakfast, then for lunch I have a sandwich given to us by booster's, and during the day I just think about the game and my assignments and visualize making plays and then trying to make the plays happen in the game.
Poway Patch: If you could have dinner with any person, dead or living, who would it be and why?
Sharpe: Jim Brown, because in my eyes he's the best football player to ever live and he played for my favorite team. So it would be fun to hear his experiences.
Sport: Varsity soccer
Position: Center midfield
Favorite team: Chelsea
Poway Patch: What was one of your proudest soccer moments?
Jenna Pellegrino: One of my proudest moments playing soccer was when my club soccer team beat the number one team in the nation in State Cup Nationals.
Poway Patch: How long have you been playing soccer and how long has it been a passion of yours?
Pellegrino: Soccer has been a passion of mine since I was little. I have been playing since I was 5.
Poway Patch: What did you think about the 2010 World Cup?
Pellegrino: I think the 2010 World Cup was amazing. It was so fun watching such high-quality soccer.
Poway Patch: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or not, who would it be and why?
Pellegrino: I would have dinner with my grandma because I don't get to spend enough time with her and let her know how much I appreciate her.
Position: Second or third base
Favorite baseball team: Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite baseball player: Second baseman Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Poway Patch: What is the best part about playing for the PHS Titan baseball team?
Hunter Rogers: My favorite thing about playing for the PHS Titan baseball team is that it is a very respected and competitive organization, and as a player I love to work hard and live up to the expectations that our coaches, parents and fans have to be the best.
Poway Patch: How long have you been playing baseball and how long has it been a passion of yours?
Rogers: I have been playing baseball since I was 5 years old, and it has always been a passion of mine–for as long as I can remember. All the way from tee-ball to high school.
Poway Patch: Describe your routine for a game day.
Rogers: Game days are very exciting. I make sure to eat well throughout the day, and sometimes it's difficult to pay attention in class, especially if it's a big home game or a rivalry game. Away games, I listen to music on the bus ride there. and for home games I get pumped-up in the locker room with the rest of my teammates.
Poway Patch: If you could have dinner with anybody, living or not, who would it be and why?
Rogers: If I could have dinner with anyone, I would probably say Muhammad Ali because he is the greatest boxer of all time and one of sport's legendary icons.