Players of the Week for September 13-20th
Zach Thieme (Guerin Catholic) – Junior – Boys Tennis – #2 Doubles
Boys’ tennis is one of many sports where an individual sport is turned into a team sport. The challenge for coaches is often that for nine months out of the year the players’ sole focus is on the “me” – their own skills, their own goals, their own results. But for a few months the focus has to shift to the “we” – how do players best fit into the team format? How do you balance what is best for the player with what is best for the team?
When talking to the coaching staff this is what they had to say:
“Guerin Catholic junior Zach Thieme is not a year-round tennis player – he is a multi-sport athlete. But for three years he has been a vital player in the Guerin Catholic tennis program. He brings great athleticism to our team, but also an awesome competitive spirit.
This past week I was contemplating some line-up tweaks. So I sent a message to our seven varsity players, detailing the changes I was considering. I asked the players a simple question: ‘What do you think?’
I received an immediate response from Zach Thieme, which I think is worth sharing: ‘Whatever is best for the team Coach!’ he wrote.
In seven words, Zach summarized what all coaches strive to teach their student-athletes – that the needs of the “we” must outweigh the needs of the ‘me’. Thank you Zach for the reminder. And thank you for being a member of our team.”
Katie Koger (Guerin Catholic) – Senior – Girls Soccer – Forward
Katie Koger has played a key role in the Girls Soccer program having served as a captain this year and earning varsity letters all 4 years. The Indiana State commit leads the team in goals with 7 and just last week scored 3 goals and added an assist. She also played a key role in last year’s run to the 3A State Title Runner-Up finish and has led this year’s team to a 5-2-3 overall record. From Head Coach Sean Yau: “Katie is a fearless player who always dedicates her time to being the best and hardest working player on the field.”