Carby enjoys role with Cathedral

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Bettye Jane Carby’s job may not be glamorous, but she wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Carby, a junior at Cathedral High, serves as trainer for the Green Wave football team.

&uot;It’s exciting,&uot; Carby said of being a part of the football team. &uot;But it’s time consuming and there’s a lot of hard work involved.&uot;

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But contrary to what some people believe, Carby has never put on the pads.

&uot;A bunch of people asked me if I played or practiced with the team,&uot; she said. &uot;There’s no way I would get out there.&uot;

Carby began working with the Cathedral High football program in the eighth grade when she was watergirl for the junior high team.

&uot;My friend (Catherine Smith) and I said we would like to be a watergirls, but she was a cheerleader and I actually ended up doing it,&uot; Carby said. &uot;Coach (Roy) Garcia asked me if I wanted to help with the varsity, and I said, ‘of course.’&uot;

Carby admitted she was nervous at first.

&uot;I was worried about how they would accept and treat me,&uot; she said. &uot;But they were all very nice.&uot;

Carby said there are more people involved in the football program now, so she doesn’t do as much

&uot;I just usually do whatever needs to be done,&uot; she said.

That usually means getting the water ready, working on equipment along with other assorted chores.

Carby said the most enjoyable part was when her brother Hyde was playing on the varsity squad two years ago.

&uot;It’s just great getting to know all of the guys through the years,&uot; she said. &uot;You know some of the things going on that nobody else gets to see.&uot;

Carby said she stays focused on the sidelines. She is prepared to assist at a moment’s notice in any way.

&uot;Otherwise (waterboy) Eric Byrne and I have some pretty interesting conversations,&uot; she said.

Carby said when she is not helping the team she is busy doing homework or hanging out with friends.

&uot;My junior year is pretty hard, so I spend more time on my studies,&uot; she said.

Carby said she doesn’t know what she will do after she leaves Cathedral.

&uot;I’m really going to miss the excitement, people and coaches,&uot; she said. &uot;I know I won’t get into anything like training because college is really time consuming.&uot;

Carby said she will miss the camaraderie with the team.

&uot;They all tell me they appreciate me,&uot; she said. &uot;I definitely feel like part of the team. It didn’t used to be like that, but now that I’m more their age it means a lot more.&uot;