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Jay Trousdale Retiring, but not from Coaching

MASON KERN/Sports Editor

Sadly, on June 8, the physical education program is going to lose one of its premier instructors. Jay Trousdale, who has worked at Poway High for three decades, is set to retire from his long and illustrious career that has included instructing the beginner through advanced basketball classes, as well as the standard physical education classes required for graduation.

With the 2016-17 girls’ varsity basketball season having commenced with a four game winning streak, the team hopes that Trousdale’s impending retirement from teaching will not adversely impact his influence on the basketball court for this season, or the next while he remains at the helm as head coach.

“Right now I plan on coaching the basketball girls next season. I love working with those ladies and as long as I have my energy and good health, I should be good to go,” Trousdale said.

As for the athletes he has coached throughout the years, they have continuously impressed throughout their seasons. In fact, Trousdale was recognized as the “winningest coach in the county” by achieving 600 wins during last year’s season.

“My favorite moment in my career was achieving the all-time wins mark in San Diego at 611,” notes Trousdale.  “The reason being that it meant all the girls in 29 years made that happen! The four CIF titles!” Trousdale stated that he also enjoys being able to attend many former players’ weddings, and just watching students mature into young adults.

At the sprite age of 60 years old, Trousdale is ready for retirement but, because he has been surrounded by the chatter of students for the last few decades of his life, it may be hard for him to stay away from the proverbial call of duty. Future Titans may have hope for the future, as a legend with as big a drive and dedication as Trousdale may be hard-pressed to break away from the student body completely.

This is evident as Trousdale waxes poetic about what he’ll do with his time during retirement. “I still love working with the kids!,” he says. “I will look forward to sleeping in. I have a lot of sleep to catch up on in 38 years! I don’t fish, hunt or play golf. For me, it will be to attend San Diego sporting events and of course a few rock concerts. I will want to see a few PHS sporting events too.”

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Lerner Leads Event Horse to Glory

MASON KERN/Sports Editor

Horseback riding is hard enough for most to do in and of itself. Beyond the basics of just riding this gracious animal, training it to compete in the harshest of conditions is a challenge that takes equal parts skill, patience and tenacity. This is what senior Madi Lerner has done since she was just a little girl.

“Eventing,” basically the equivalent of an equestrian triathlon, encompasses both physical and mental components that must be undertaken by both horse and rider. There are three phases associated with eventing: dressage, endurance and show jumping. Lerner has trained her horse, Jasper, since 2008 and has loved every moment of her time as an equestrian trainer and rider.

“I started riding because my mom wouldn’t get me a puppy or kitten for my seventh birthday, and instead got me riding lessons,” Lerner said. “From the first lesson, I was so glad that she didn’t get me the puppy or kitten because I immediately fell in love with riding.”

“Horseback riding makes me feel fulfilled. I feel like I can accomplish anything because it’s the part of my life that makes me feel whole, like I have a purpose,” Lerner continued.

Competitions last three days, with the first being dressage. This is followed by endurance and, lastly, show jumping. Dressage is scored based on the intricate movements that the animal makes in harmony with its trainer. Optimally the animal performs required tasks of its own accord, so as to not disobey the trainer.

Lerner competed in the national championships held at Woodside Horse Park in Redwood City, California. There she, along with her companion athlete Jasper, secured the win. However, after this event, she sustained a concussion and nerve damage when she was bucked off her horse during a training session. While she qualified for the championships again this year and the following, she is unable to attend this year’s event because protocol mandates that injuries of her kind must keep riders out of competition for a whole year.

“I knew that my injury was just a small part of my life, and that I could grow and move on from it. Also, I knew that Jasper counted on me to come back and to prove that we can compete against that we will stay a strong team and come back better than ever,” Lerner noted.

She hopes to continue to compete in equestrian events in the future, and hopes to continue fostering the best relationship possible with Jasper, as well as all other horses Lerner competes with.

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