Written by Vicki Viall
High school. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. And the thing that got most of people through it was friends.
Three Wolf Point High School students have known each other all their lives and have gone through four years of high school and sports together. Tukker Toavs, Sonica Archdale and Sarah Hafner will graduate together in May.
Toavs and Archdale have been together through all 12 years of school. Hafner went to Frontier Elementary School and joined them at WPHS as a freshman.
They were not asked the typical questions they were expecting.
Since basketball had just ended, they responded to questions about what they were each taking away from the season.
Toavs shared that the boys’ team is a young team. They have great chemistry and were working through the year learning to become a team. He said he expects great things from them next year.
Archdale had the same thought on the girls’ team. This year, she said, it was a true team. In the past, there has always been one player that didn’t quite become part of the team. She said she also expects great things from the team next year.
Hafner said the team started coming out stronger during the last games. From the start of the season, they would take awhile to get charged up. She noticed this had changed at the end of the season and said she hoped that is a carryover into next year.
Then, they were asked if they could hit a “redo” button, what they would change about their time at Wolf Point?
Toavs said the only thing he would change would be avoiding an injury during his junior year.
Archdale said she would have played volleyball and track all four years.
Hafner wouldn’t change anything and said she “was involved in everything she wanted to be involved in.”
Each was asked what was the highlight of high school?
Toavs answered sports.
Archdale agreed, sports.
When asked why, they both responded the discipline, the camaraderie and the focus on sports.
Hafner responded that the highlight was how far the basketball team went this year as a team.
Then they were asked if they participate in spring sports and which?
Only Archdale is involved in spring sports this year and that is track and field.
They were asked how they helped each other.
Toavs and Archdale both agreed that each has proven to be a huge motivator for the other two. Hafner added that it was special because they are the only seniors on the basketball teams. So they stay with each other and inspire each other.
Asked to look at the person on their right and share something about them that they admire and or respect, all three said that person motivates them to perform, achieve and keep on.
Then, they each shared the funniest memory they have of the person on their left.
Toavs and Archdale drew a blank. Hafner recalled the Saturday Night Live Dance Partners skit in which Toavs was a cheerleader. He was doing a routine that called for him to kick his leg over Hafner’s head. He swung his leg too soon and knocked her in the head.
But, she said, “thankfully he had taken his cowboy boots off before the skit.”
What or who will they miss most?
Toavs and Archdale said friends and coaches.
Hafner said sports, but she will be too busy preparing to be a nurse to participate in sports at Montana State University.
Their advice for friends who will still be at WPHS next year?
Toavs said stay in school, stay in sports, avoid peer pressure and always remember you are a role model.
Archdale said to get involved and enjoy it while you can. She said to always listen and study to keep your grades up so you can participate in sports.