By Eric Heinz
Sometimes a little encouragement means a lot. That seems to be the case for sophomore-to-be Ellie Bosse, who headed the San Clemente High School girls fresh/soph soccer team as their statistician and team manager.
Bosse was selected as the soccer team’s own version of the Triton of the Year during a banquet to conclude the season.
“I was pretty surprised,” Bosse said. “I didn’t really know what to say. I just always want to try my best at what I do.”
Ellie tried out for the team at the beginning of the year, having to stand out among the dozens or hundreds who vied for a spot on the roster. Ellie said she was on the bubble to making the team but wasn’t quite ready for high school soccer. Regardless, the coaches admired her spirit and gave her a role to be part of the team.
Her mother, Debbie Hansen-Bosse, said although her daughter is quite shy, she was always keeping the team’s spirits’ up on the sidelines.
“In the beginning of the year I was really nervous about trying out for the team, and I really didn’t think I would make it, but I got really pumped up about it and really excited,” Ellie said.
Ellie said she tries to encourage her classmates the same way as she does the soccer players.
“She also would keep pushing the girls on the team to do their best,” Debbie said.
Tryouts for the fresh/soph team are June 20, and Ellie intends to go out for the team once again. She said she always wants to start a fishing club at the school, as she’s out most days at the Pier looking to hook a big catch.