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Fall sports teams warm up with playlists

Before the roar of the crowd and the whistles of the referees give fall sports players adrenaline rushes, the athletes warm up with special playlists to get motivated.  Whether they listen to pop, alternative, or rap, each team has a pregame playlist.


Since the members of the tennis team carpool to their games, they’re always sure to play upbeat music to get pumped up.  “We all sing along to ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ by Taylor Swift and ‘Waving Flag’ by David Bisbal ,” junior Madison Hartwell said.  “We listen to basically anything fun and funky that gets us excited.”

Women’s Volleyball

Junior Sarah Wuerfel made the women’s volleyball team’s warm-up CD this year.  “All of the seniors picked the songs, and I made the CD,” Wuerfel said. One of the songs on the CD is “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor.  Wuerfel also added some of the team’s guilty pleasures like “I Believe I Can Fly” by R Kelly.

Women’s Soccer

Each year, a different member of the women’s soccer team makes a warm-up CD that the team listens to while they stretch.  “One of the songs on our CD is ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira,” sophomore Meagan Martella said.  “The music pumps us up and we all randomly start dancing.”


Before football games, the cheerleading team has a team dinner and gets ready together.  “We like to listen to ‘Good Time’ by Owl City and ‘Hoedown Throwdown’ by Hannah Montana because it’s an inside joke for our team,” sophomore Katie Farr said.  “We’re a pretty hyper team already, and the music makes us even more energetic.”


When the football team works out in the weight room, they like to listen to country and rap.  “Michael Mink usually plugs his iPod in and we listen to his music,” sophomore Sean Byrne said.  “Some people sing along to songs like ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen.” Byrne also likes to listen to “The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney before big games.

Women’s Golf

While driving to matches, the women’s golf team listens to music to get pumped up.  “We mainly listen to pop, like Nicki Minaj,” junior Ellie Tierney said.  “One of the songs we like is ‘One More Night’ by Maroon 5.”

Men’s Soccer

Even though senior Matt Forsthoefel made a team warm-up playlist with songs like “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, the men’s soccer team does not get to listen to the playlist before games. “There is an eighth grader who likes to announce the games and he plays his own music,” senior Robbie Kump said. According to Kump, the eighth grader usually plays Eminem songs.

Men’s Golf

Junior Eric Boychan takes a different approach when listening to warm-up music.  While warming up, he always listens to a comical song called “The Golf Song”  with his teammates.  This tune puts Boychan and his teammates in a good mood before they tee off.

Cross Country

The members of the cross country team need a lot of energy before a big meet. “I listen to music that pumps me up and gets the people going,” junior Joe Daly said.  He blasts “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash in his car on the way to big meets to pump himself up.

See below for the compilation of all of the teams’ warm up playlists.

  1. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
  2. “Waving Flag” by David Bisbal
  3. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor
  4. “I Believe I Can Fly” by R Kelly
  5. “Waka Waka” by Shakira
  6. “Good Time” by Owl City
  7. “Hoedown Throwdown” by Hannah Montana
  8. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  9. “The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney
  10. “One More Night” by Maroon 5
  11. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
  12. “The Golf Song”
  13. “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty
  14. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

About Hayley Coldiron

Senior Hayley Coldiron is an Advanced Journalism student and the Editor-in-Chief. She enjoys dancing and has been on the McNicholas Dance Team for four years. She is involved in Service Club, International Club, Spirit Club, and is a McNicholas Ambassador. Hayley also likes traveling and spending time with friends and family.


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