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CMR Soccer's Siblings Bond is Unbreakable

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It must be tough to be a parent and have multiple high schoolers who play sports.  You always have to decide which one to go watch.  Several parents at CMR haven't had that problem. The worst they've had to do is turn their head to watch both kids play. For the Hemmah, Livdahl, Enseleit, Myers, and McLaughlin families, Rustler soccer has become part of the family.  Because several siblings have played for the program, at the same time.

When you think of siblings, you may think of your typical sibling rivalry, but for the past several years at CMR, the soccer program has been anything but that.  For five sets of siblings in the Rustlers Men's and Women's soccer program, it has been a bond.

Senior Center-Defenseman Macoy McLaughlin said of the bond, "Were all each other's best friend.  Whether brother-sister or brother-brother, we are all each other's best friends, and it relates because we are all best friends with each other as well, and so it is such a huge bond in soccer and in general that both teams are such huge families."

For nearly half a decade, these sets of siblings have watched one another grow while playing, and none of them would trade any memory of each others time.

David Hemmah, a Senior Outside Back for the Rustlers said of working with one another, "I think it's pretty awesome to be around all of them.  We've all grown up together and played."

Senior Forward Cori Enseleit reflected on her older brother, Ben, time at CMR saying "well when I was a freshman, our older brother Ben was a senior.  Bus rides were really fun, hotel stays were fun.  I don't know, it was cool to see him play for his senior year."

Rustlers All-State Striker Eme McLaughlin said of her first two years, "It's been amazing to watch them play, it's going to be really sad to watch them leave, but they've really been role models to me, to show me what it's like to grow and get better."

The growing aspect and enjoyment of watching it is not limited to those who are just playing.

Men's Head Coach Joel Marinaccio said of the sibling bond, "That's the best part of being a coach, it's why I became a coach.  Just watching them grow as a player and a person.  See the person they will be and the characteristics they are going to carry that will define them in the future.  You watch them grow, and you can see what they will do and see how they handle themselves and see them accomplish some things out of high school."

For the older siblings, they more than take on the role of the big brother or sister.

Cole Myers said of his youngest sister Halley that "I'm going to teach her all the new rules, and everything that it takes to be a good soccer player, and to win the next season."

Michael Hemmah, David's younger brother said of what playing with him entails saying that, "I really have to look up to him, and see how much hard work he puts into it.  So like during two-a-days I would have to keep the intensity as high as he does or else I would just look bad.

Junior Left Defenseman Noah Livdahl said of his younger sister Mara that "She's been doing soccer all of her life, and I feel her putting in all this work will be good for her in the long run."

Sophomore Goalie, and Cori's younger brother, Dan Enseleit said of the older siblings support that "It's kind of nice because I know I have siblings who can help me with the game, and how it's played."

The younger individuals obviously appreciate their support.

Eme McLaughlin said of older brother Macoy that "He's been really supportive since the beginning of my Freshman year, and he's really helped me out."

Mara Livdahl, who managed this year due to an injury said of her experience in 2013, "I enjoyed being with all the girls and seeing everything they are going through, and everything they have gone through.  I thought it was really exciting and fun all the time."

Halley Myers said that the older siblings and ladies coach Rob Zimmerman taught her that "It's not all skill, it's your attitude to.  If you have a bad attitude don't expect to play, and there's sportsmanship and everything including your grades and your head is high."

Of course there still is the sibling rivalries. 

When I asked if Cori and Ben Enseleit could score a goal on younger brother Dan, Cori said "We practiced on you a lot," with Dan replying "yes you did, I think I could hold them off for a while."

Of course everyone wants to see each other succeed in the end. 

Macoy McLaughlin said of Eme's chances of winning a State Championship that "Just seeing each other succeed would be enough.  If she wins a State Championship, I couldn't be any happier.  She deserves it."

Cori Enseleit said if Dan were to win one, "I'd be jealous.  Our older brother would be jealous to.  I'd be happy for you.  I'd still be a little jealous, but I'd be happy for you.

David Hemmah expressed, "I would like to see CMR eventually win a state title." 

Eme McLaughlin said that the bond is real close and that "I feel like without soccer, our bonds wouldn't be as close, and I feel like the other siblings could agree with that."

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