Looking to the Future


Brooklyn Clasby

Sophomore Dustin Baxter wrestles teammate junior Eric Vogel at the state tournament in February. Baxter took 3rd.

As winter sports come to close many great athletes will be graduating leaving their positions available to the underclassmen of Arlington High School. These future team leaders all have very ambitious goals and large shoes to fill. Many skilled athletes riding the line between JV and Varsity will have their time to shine as the next years and given seasons arrive like athletes Leyton Martin, Ariel Rose, and Dustin Baxter. 

To begin with, freshman wrestler Ariel Rose is going to have to help her team step up in future seasons after losing senior talents such as Rose Walthers, Bri Williams, Laura Meno, and Hannah Crew.  In future seasons Ariel Rose has high hopes for her team. She says goals as a team are to bring more girls past districts and to become close as a team. For herself, she has large goals saying “I want to place at state or be ranked in the state” Rose also says” I will do freestyle and Greco wrestling during the off-season.”

In addition to this, sophomore wrestler, Dustin Baxter will become a team leader for the wrestling program after losing talented athletes this season, saying one of his main goals is to go undefeated. “I’ll help lead my team to go undefeated by helping my team with moves and making sure they’re eating, exercising right.”

Personally Baxter has an even more ambitious goal, saying he wants to be a state champion in wrestling his senior year. He plans to achieve this goal by putting in the hours in the offseason lifting weights, practicing, and running.

This year’s boys basketball team had a very talented team but will be losing lots of talent in this year’s senior class.For freshman point guard Leyton Martin this means stepping up both as a leader and an athlete. One of his goals athletically is to be all-league in future years. “I’m always shooting in the gym and playing as much as possible just trying to achieve these goals,” said Martin.

Martin also wants to win the Wesco league and play in the Tacoma Dome. “I would like to have everybody buy-in and put in the work in the off season and not just the three months of the year during the season,” said Martin.