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Sophomore, Emma Bishop, curls her eyelashes for good luck.

Sophomore, Emma Bishop, curls her eyelashes for good luck.

Claire Jackering

Claire Jackering

Sophomore, Emma Bishop, curls her eyelashes for good luck.

Claire Jackering, Staff Reporter

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Many athletes have certain rituals that they perform before every game that range from never stepping on the foul line to always putting on the same underwear. Athletes that have superstitions, such as these, believe that they give them a certain amount of luck or make the game better as a whole. And some of the athletes at Holy Trinity have some pretty odd superstitions.

Sophomore basketball player Emma Bishop, she curls her eyelashes seven times before each game for good luck.

“It sounds really weird, but my lucky number is seven. So one day I was like ‘You know what? I’m going to curl my eyelashes seven times’ and now I always do it,” Bishop said.

Even something as simple as having beautifully curled eyelashes can boost someone’s confidence to have a better time on the court.

“Part of it is the mentality that ‘seven is lucky.’  It just makes me feel more confident knowing that my eyelashes look really good while I’m playing,” Bishop said.

Also on the court, senior volleyball player Jen Panarese, has a certain superstition involving her hairstyle.

“I never put my hair in french braids because any time I do, or anytime someone else on the team does, we always lose.  So I try to stay away from french braids, dutch braids are the way to go,” Panarese said.

These pre game priorities, noticeable during the game or not, can completely change a game for a single person or the entire team. Could the good luck really be in the eyelashes? Are french braids actually unlucky? Stop by a basketball or volleyball game this year to see for yourself.  

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