Roosevelt siblings dominating together


Parish Mom

During summer the twins participated in the summer league for Varsity girls basketball.

A sibling is a lot of things – a friend, a mentor, a rival, and in Roosevelt there are many pairs of siblings that are even teammates.
Most siblings have an automatic bond but their existing bond often grows stronger when competing in the same sport, and stronger yet when playing on the same team.
“Since me and my sister are twins we have been playing together for basically our whole life and it really made me grow as a player and a better sister,” freshman, Jv basketball and volleyball player Haylee Parish said. “I try to cheer her on the most I can because I know how much it helps.”
With most players being so close in age such as the Parish twins or only having one grade difference like many of the siblings in Roosevelt they are most likely to be on the same level team.
With the close relationship between the siblings that is shared it does not only benefit themselves when competing, but also compliments their teams in different aspects.
“Me and my sister just vibe off each other and we know how each other play and the little things we do, I think we have twin telepathy,” freshman Hannah Parish said. “ I can almost always see her next move or what she’s trying to do during games.”
The Parish sisters have played multiple sports with each other since they were younger and plan to continue to do so.
There are many personalities and playing styles that come together to form any athletic team. Also with any sport to have strong team chemistry that means there needs to be trust in and out of games.
“We have a lot of trust with each other when we play,” junior Paige Olson said. “I know if I mess up she will be there to help or to pick up my slack if I need her too.”
Similar to the Parish twins, Paige Olson and her sister Cortney Olson, have been playing sports together since early ages, around fourth grade according to Paige. Cortney is a little over one year older than Paige.
Having an older sibling who is also an athlete offers benefits as well as burdens. Siblings tend to push each other to perform better. The older sibling is someone who can give advice to the younger sibling, considering that they have been through the same situations.
“I know what she is capable of and what she can do. I’ve seen her at her best and worst so when I know she can do better or do something differently I will tell her,” senior Cortney Olson said.
“I just don’t like when she tells me what to do because sometimes I know what I’m doing wrong and I just get frustrated,” P. Olson said.
Growing up with siblings in sports offers each person a chance to develop a sense of competitiveness. However, if one sibling is more successful than the other, they could get a bigger ego while the less successful sibling could get frustrated or jealous.
“She sometimes tries to act like my coach and that makes me mad, and then when we get mad we start arguing,” P. Olson said.
This can get a tad complicated when sibling rivalry comes into play at practice or even in games.
“I get jealous sometimes when she plays better than me and it’s different now that we are on different levels,” Haylee Parish said.
Haylee is on the Jv basketball team while Hannah is on varsity. With the Olson’s both play on varsity.
“But sometimes I just get mad for no reason and just when we’re scrimmaging and we are on different teams and we’re kinda rivals even though we don’t play the same position,” Olson said, ”and it doesn’t help since she’s a very aggressive player.”
But playing against them can teach valuable lessons. Because you are playing against a family member, you can compete fairly and be competitive without being overly aggressive.
Your sibling playing the same sport also offers a built-in practice partner and opponent who can help a player improve and develop their skills as they age.
“I learned so much from her (sister Jordyn Guyzik) even if she’s in a different position and just seeing her kinda helps me,” junior Brooke Guyzik said. The Guyziks are both varsity basketball players as well.
Also while playing with a sibling most go home and reflect and look back on a game and have a little laugh or even cry.
“Talks at home are all over the place sometimes but we laugh a lot or make fun of something we did or something our team did in general,” senior Jordyn Guyzik said.
But sometimes the conversations are not as heartfelt and they start arguments but as a family you have to learn how to work together and get through it.
“We go home and complain about the games sometimes rather than about how I played or the teams,” Olson said. “Sometimes she tells me I played bad but we just get over it at the end of the day.”
Usually the talks are beneficial with the siblings and they consist of constructive criticism most of the time.
“When we have talks at home we usually just tell each other how we did and usually our parents tell us as well, and we just tell each other what we need to fix,” Parish said.
No matter the sibling relationships, being teammates provides another level to the sibling relationship.
“A positive would definitely be that we have a lot of fun together,” Parish said. “But a negative would be we get to fighting really fast and it takes a second for us to drop it.”
Most importantly playing with your sibling, some of the best memories are made that can last a lifetime.
“It’s going to be so sad not playing with my sister next year since she’s graduating,” Olson said,”it’s going to be different seeing her in the stands and not on the court with me.”