• Chris Carbone Jr

What Sports Mean to High School Athletes: Cranston West





Representing your city while playing the sport you love, is special. For Cranston West student-athletes, being able to wear that red, grey, and white with your brothers and sisters is unforgettable. Either playing in the West gym, on the diamond, or on that beautiful new turf field, it's a blessing to play high school sports.


I was able to reach out to Cranston West's 3B and Pitcher, senior, Nicolas Fortes. He is very passionate about playing high school sports, and I wanted to get his thoughts on what high school sports meant to him. "Being an athlete in high school, sports have always been a huge thing in my life. Ever since being a kid, I can remember wanting to make the baseball team and play for Cranston West. Becoming a Falcon was one of my greatest accomplishments and I have the best memories playing high school baseball. I have met some of my greatest friends, coaches, and mentors that I’ll have a connection with forever. Without high school sports, I’m not sure what I would do, there’s no Friday night football to look forward to or no spring baseball games I can be excited about participating in. With Covid-19 it had taken away my junior year of baseball and that really hurt. Hopefully, we will be able to have some type of season for my final baseball season as a Cranston West Falcon."


I reached out to Falcon's Outfielder and Setter, junior, Mackenzie Bessette. Mackenzie plays Softball and Volleyball at Cranston West, and I wanted to get her thoughts on high school sports as a whole. "High school sports are a chance to be part of the school and not just go to school and go home. It’s also a chance to make new friends and find people that you have a real connection with and trust. You are allowed to represent your school by playing the sport you love."