West Excessive’s Maya Baquiran was all smiles when she ran onto the sector for flag soccer apply Wednesday regardless of the big forged on her hand.
She was simply completely satisfied to be enjoying once more.
Baquiran, the Prepare dinner Inlet Convention defensive participant of the yr, is the smaller half of a dynamic duo that has led the Eagles to an undefeated season and a spot in Thursday’s CIC semifinals.
The 5-foot senior linebacker commandeers the protection and 5-eight quarterback Rebecca Syrup, final season’s CIC offensive participant of the yr, pilots the offense.
However a pair of accidents virtually ended Baquiran’s season earlier than the CIC event.
She performed three weeks with out figuring out she had partially torn ligaments in her thumb, after which she hyper-prolonged her elbow in a one-level win over Dimond in Saturday’s common season finale. When Baquiran went to get her elbow checked, the physician was extra involved about her thumb, which is now encased in a forged.
Baquiran stated she may need to get surgical procedure however for now she has been OK’d to play, and she or he’s targeted on serving to the Eagles pursue their first flag soccer championship — even when she has to do it one-handed. Baquiran missed West’s quarterfinal win over Eagle River on Tuesday, however shall be again on the sector in Thursday’s semifinal recreation towards East.
On Saturday, Baquiran broke her personal faculty document for flag pulls with 117 on the season. She first set the document as a sophomore in 2015 with 107 and broke it final season by getting 116.
“She places every part she has into this recreation,” Syrup stated. “We would not be the identical group with out her.”
The identical could possibly be stated about Syrup. She’s a vocal quarterback who is not afraid to vary the play on the line of scrimmage and whose halftime talks assist hype up the workforce.
“She motivates us to work more durable,” Baquiran stated. “Each recreation, we get halftime motivation from Rebecca. We hype her up, she hypes us up.”
A lifelong softball participant, Syrup was a pure choice to play quarterback — a pitcher with a robust arm who’s often good for a minimum of three landing passes a recreation. In a Sept. 25 win over East she threw for 345 yards.
When she is not throwing, she’s typically handing off the ball to 3 speedy rushers: Isabella Roberts, Ta’Zhay Wyche and Sylvia Xaivong.
The transition from softball pitcher to flag soccer quarterback was a wrestle at first, Syrup stated. At first, West coach Travis Cantrell would inform her “Cease throwing it like a softball.”