Weston Conine’s dad laughed when I told him to check with Weston to see if he would let me write a story on him. Why? Because Weston doesn’t talk, well, at least not much. And then, I found that Weston does talk…he just likes to talk about the things that interest him…and I completely understand that since I can be a lot like that myself!
Weston Conine is a senior at Comanche High School, and he is as good an offensive lineman as Comanche has had in many years. That interests Weston. The young man had a lot to tell me about the newly closed Comanche football season.
“Whether we were running on the track or lifting weights, we ALWAYS worked as hard as we could to get better,” he told me when I said that surely he and his teammates poofed off just a little bit at times.
“We honestly did not waste time. We knew we wouldn’t get anything out of it if we didn’t give it our all, and besides, it’s a waste of a day if we aren’t giving our all. Besides lifting weights, we did a lot of drills that helped us learn to stay on our blocks or to get lower than the other team so that we could knock them out of the way. We also did drills that helped us to out physical them and out match them,” the senior told me.
“I really like our coaches. They help us whenever we need it, and they coach us up.”
According to Conine, the CHS coaches are “really nice” all of the time…and I think the senior means what he says.
“I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from football. Everything is not always going to go my way in life. In fact, there are going to be times where nothing falls right. Then, there will be the good times, and we are learning to deal with both. We talk a lot about that in practice.”
Of course, there is more to Weston Conine than just football. There’s baseball, and there’s power lifting, and he was also one of the Ag students who helped create the new buffalo, Indian, and the newly mounted cowboys. Of course, I had to ask if he was glad he had worked so hard on the metal art.
“I liked it a lot because it makes our town look better and it’s the way our county once looked. It was a lot of a lot of work, but I enjoy working on those things.”
Of course, I have my fingers crossed that when the month of April rolls around, the Ag students will be able to create some calves for those wranglers to rope!
Like most young people his age, Weston is not sure where he will be going to college, but he is leaning toward Sul Ross and some type of Ag degree. Like so many of our rural kids tend to believe, agriculture is where life happens.
“Being a senior is scary because it doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for four years, and I’m already to the second semester of my senior year. I guess I am kind of ready to go off and see where I end up in life, but it is scary,” he admitted.
“Probably I’ll come back here to see if there is a job, but if not, I’ll have to go elsewhere.” But for now, Weston’s favorite class is astronomy.
“Astronomy? They teach that here,” I had to ask.
“Coach Wyatt is a really nice guy, always making jokes, but if you do something wrong, he works really hard to help you…whether it’s on the field or in class. If you are in a tough situation, he is there to help. One or two Tuesdays a month, we go to his house and look through his telescope and he teaches us. His wife makes us cookies.”
And it was about this time that the bell rang, cutting off our interview and with me thinking to myself…“I’d look through the telescope myself if someone would make me cookies!”