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Written by: Tristan Klinefelter on Monday, May 24th, 2021
Somerset Area High School
Class of 2022
Ht: 5’9 Wt: 175
Other sports: Baseball, wrestling, ice hockey.
Why do you play football?
What has been your best memory from football so far?
I’ve never really thought about just one memory. If I had to pick one it would be my first varsity touchdown my Freshman year on a 31yd run.
Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
James Harrison is my favorite pro athlete. His underdog story, not being drafted and being signed out of Kent State as a free agent is inspirational. The success he had in the NFL including five Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls along with one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. The off-season work and dedication he put into every season serve as an inspiration to me.
Who is your biggest fan and why?
My dad. He coached me for years, never misses a game, and even loves to watch us practice. He always encourages me to have fun and always give it my best.
Is there any specific person you look up to and use as a role model?
My role model is my brother Tyler. He has always been there for anything I’ve needed. He wasn’t necessarily the biggest or strongest in High School but he always gave his max-effort no matter what. He played for Martellas and went on to win the AAABA National Baseball Championship and played D2 college Baseball. He is also enrolled in ROTC at IUP and will be Commissioning as an Army Officer next year. Being an officer in the military is also my goal and to see the work ethic and dedication it took for him to play a college sport, make the Dean’s list, and do ROTC training make me want to work just as hard as him.
What is your desired major in college?
Aviation, medical, Engineering, or safety science are all majors I am considering.
Coming off a year with COVID struggles, what do you think this year will be like?
Mostly I expect excitement for things to be more normal. Having fans in the stands and for our awesome student section to be cheering us on. Normal practices and team get-togethers all things that were missed last year.
Favorite play to run?
My favorite play is right up the gut, ” old school football” is what Coach Urban would call it.
What is your personal goal for this season?
Just to enjoy it and compete as hard as I can. Be the best version of myself that I can be. Do what the coaches ask me to do to help the team win.
Favorite pre-game meal?
Italian food, hands down.
Miracle, it shows how hard work, dedication, and coming together as a team can lead to greatness. They started as college rivals who no one thought could win and they ended up beating the Soviet team in the Olympics. It sounds kind of like an unbelievable Hollywood story but it’s actually true, it’s incredible.
Sport you’d love to play but can’t?
MMA once you step into the Octagon there is no hiding. You either put the work in to be ready or you didn’t.
Most embarrassing sports moment?
During a game at a travel hockey tournament. I drove to the net for a rebound that was probably five feet from the goal with the goalie totally out of position. I went for a slap shot and completely whiffed. Luckily we won the game and my team had a good laugh.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Last year we had a new coaching staff with a new system. Due to COVID, we had limited pre-season practice. My hope would be with quality practice and learning more of the system we can turn the corner with what I know can be a very competitive team.
Fishing, hunting, and being with friends.
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