3: It's a magic number
WLC’s senior captains are the perfect combo for success
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WLC’s three senior captains have been playing sports together since they were in the fifth grade, forming a tight-knit trio on and off the field. And while they played big roles in the Warriors’ 2012 state championship and last year’s near-title run, this is the season that Sami Bosquet, Kim Edmunds and Sophie LeVert have stepped into leadership roles during WLC’s push to get back into their third straight Final Four.
Ever since the trio was grouped together on the Blue Seals rec softball team way back in middle school, they’ve worked together as a cohesive unit, each one playing off the other’s strengths.
“I think we kind of all have different qualities that make up one perfect captain and that’s why the three of us are captains,” Edmunds said. “We have to have some fun, we have to have authority and we have to have some organization, and I think the three of us make up that pretty well.”
“Kimmy’s very enthusiastic, and Sami — she’s also enthusiastic, but she’s more mellow, and I like that,” LeVert said. “And I’ve got a little bit of each.”
“I think Sami’s more like the mom of the team — making sure people get the right shorts, the right socks, bring sunscreen,” Edmunds said.
“I’m the one that makes sure everyone has their stuff, and then quietly in the background, if anyone has issues, I like to try and solve those,” Bosquet said. “I’m like the mediator.”
“She gets things done,” Edmunds said. “If something needs to be said and no one wants to say it, she just says it.”
“We’re like an assembly line!” LeVert added.
“I’m more the one who figures things out,” Bosquet said, “and Sophie’s the enforcer and Kimmy’s the loud one who makes sure it is enforced.”
“It’s like the three branches of government!” Edmunds blurted out before the three launched into a discussion over which of them was the judicial, legislative and executive branch of the Warriors team. “It’s a very good analogy!”
Indeed, the three all have their own unique qualities that make it happen for the Warriors, and they all share a little with each other, too. LeVert is the “goofy” one, they all agree; but you’re just as likely to catch Edmunds running out to left field with a gloveful of Wheat Thins — “I was really hungry!” Edmunds laughed. “And we won that game.”
And Bosquet is known for her quiet intensity on the field, but LeVert and Edmunds both know how to buckle down and get it done when it counts. This, their final season, has been no exception, as WLC took a two-loss season into the playoffs, earning a trip to the Final Four in Plymouth.
It was no easy road for the Warriors, as their Final Four draw included the last three teams to beat WLC: Woodsville, who took the Warriors down 19-10 in the championship game last year; Portsmouth Christian at Dover, who beat WLC 6-5 back on May 20, and Sunapee, the team’s multi-sport rival and the school that knocked the Warriors out of both the soccer and basketball playoffs this season and handed them a regular-season loss.
“We want to beat Sunapee,” LeVert said. “After soccer and then basketball and losing a game to them —”
“We’re ready to knock them out,” chimed in Edmunds.
The seniors got their wish on Wednesday night in Plymouth, as they defeated their rivals 6-2 to move on to the championship game, where they’ll play the winner of the Woodsville/Portsmouth Christian game for a shot at one last title.
And as they face their final challenge, the three seniors find themselves in a position that they’d previously only observed — being the senior leaders in the final game of their career.
“The seniors before us have always been like, “Let’s win this game, it’s our last year!’” Edmunds said, “and I was like ‘I guess,’ because I was never a senior before this, obviously. But now I’m like, ‘We have to win it, because it is our last year.’ ”
“The end of our athletic career as high school students,” Bosquet added.
“It’s going to suck when it’s over,” LeVert said.
“There are things we would have liked to have happen,” Bosquet said (“Like more championships!” LeVert interjected), “but I think that all of us, I know that every game we left it all on the field. We worked our hardest, we kept everything on the field so I don’t feel like I left anything undone because I worked as hard as I could.”
“A championship would complete our high school career,” said Edmunds.
A week after they graduated from WLC and stepped out into the world, the Warriors’ seniors still have one last piece of unfinished business before their high school career is over for good. They’ll have a chance to go out in style this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Plymouth State University in the championship game.