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Offensive Player of the Year 2018
My name is Jace Papke and I love football. I knew I wanted to play from a very young age. My parents, both public school teachers, we’re hesitant to let me play, but I convinced them to let me try. The first try-out I went to, the coaches told my parents they thought I would be the team’s next quarterback. They were right. I started playing in fourth grade and have only played quarterback my entire career.
My youth team won several championships and I developed as a player, and a leader, over that time. I also learned to overcome adversity, since I had more than my share of fractured bones over the years. My parents gave me an appreciation for the importance of school, and my coaches instilled in me a strong work ethic. I work hard at everything I do and I’m driven to succeed. I don’t touch drugs or alcohol, and I’m a leader in the classroom, the locker room, and on the field.
When it was time for high school, I could have been next man up at Damonte Ranch HS, a local powerhouse program and my zoned school. But, I was more interested in the International Baccalaureate program offered at Wooster. And, I really wanted to play for Bo Sellers and be part of his effort to rebuild Wooster’s program. I love being a Wooster Colt and an IB student. And, despite the ups and downs the team has faced, I don’t regret my decision.
Wooster used to be a dominant football program in Reno, but they had fallen off over the years. During my freshman year, Wooster was still playing at the 3A level. My sophomore year, I started on varsity again at 3A. My junior year Wooster moved back to 4A, even though many doubted we were ready. We didn’t win many games, but we played hard and helped change a lot of doubter’s minds. We’re working hard to change even more minds next season and put Wooster back on the map.
My name may not be in the paper every week, and my team may not have a winning record (yet), but I believe I can be successful at the next level. I’m a committed student-athlete and I train year-round to improve my ability. I’m one of the strongest and fastest players on my team, at any position, I swim for Wooster’s team, and I work with professional trainers on a regular basis to improve every aspect of my performance.
I may not be on everyone’s radar, but I believe I have what it takes to succeed at the next level. Wooster might not be winning a lot right now, but I do know what it feels like to be a champion and I know how to win. If you’re a coach and you’ve read all this, then please take a longer look at my profile and consider giving me a chance. You won’t be sorry.
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