A few of the high school athletes writing this summer series never realized their potential in their sport until high school. These seniors tried various sports and then blossomed in their specialty, so what advice would each of them give a young girl or boy who is considering trying their sport?

A few of the high school athletes writing this summer series never realized their potential in their sport until high school. These seniors tried various sports and then blossomed in their specialty, so what advice would each of them give a young girl or boy who is considering trying their sport?

Hannah Stefanoff, Grandview cross country and track: "I would tell any young person who is starting to run that it can be very mentally tiring, but if you are willing to push yourself as hard as you can, then you will eventually see results. Running is a very rewarding sport if you put the time into it."

Abby Barker, Watterson field hockey: "I would tell someone starting to play field hockey to never give up. There will be times where you might want to quit or you are having a rough day, but when you get through those situations with your head held high, you grow as a person and as a player."

Chris Uhle, Olentangy Liberty track and field. "Set small goals, gradually increasing in difficulty. Also, remember that those who are in the Olympics were once beginners. Through hard work and determination comes reward and triumph."

Ron Tanner, Eastmoor football: "I would tell younger students to work hard, never give up and understand that all things are possible through Christ. The sky is not the limit because there are footsteps on the moon."

Kyle Annis, Hilliard Davidson football: "Some of the best advice I could give to any student is to never give up and stay the course. There can be lots of adversity at times."

Raven Ferguson, Africentric girls basketball: "I would advise younger students to work very hard if they are really serious about doing well in the sport. Never quit and always be humble."

Chris Diaz, Watterson boys tennis: "If you are starting to play tennis, my advice is to always have fun and always be determined."

Niki Flower, Upper Arlington girls tennis: "It is very important to have fun with your sport. Put your heart and soul into each practice and have great respect for your coaches."

Joe Uhle, Olentangy Liberty track and field: "Stay dedicated. If you are not doing what you love, then you have no motivation to perform to the best of your ability."

In next week's issue, the student-athletes will tell you who their best role model or hero is.

I'll see you at a game.

Larry Larson is a former athletic director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as "Mr. High School Sports" on WTVN 610 AM.