Many seniors at PHS participate in extracurricular activities. Participating in clubs, sports or committees is a great way to get involved. However, for senior Ian Strange, football is more than just a sport he participates in.
Strange started playing football in fourth grade and fell in love with the game. He was impacted by family members to join the game.
“My two older brothers played football, and they really influenced me to start playing at a young age,” said Strange.
Continuing into his high school career, Strange received the junior varsity offensive MVP award his freshman year. He received the same award for varsity his sophomore and junior years. Strange’s progression as a player throughout his high school career is very noticeable on the stat sheet, and it shows through his numerous honors and awards. Reflecting on the season as a whole, Strange realizes the group of teammates he has around him are special to him both on and off the field.
“We play well as a team on the field, but we always have fun together off the field. It’s like a family,” said Strange.
Senior season is an important season to any athlete, and Strange is no exception. The final season always encompasses so much emotion and excitement that makes any athletes anxious. Seasons like these are special, and Strange could not agree more.
“This season is special to me because these are the people that I have grown up with all my life. I have played football with these guys since elementary school, so this season really means a lot to me,” said Strange.
Football provides players with a sharp mindset and an opportunity to stay in shape. However, Strange believes football also teaches lessons about life rather than strictly football. Skills that are needed for a successful future are unknowingly practiced in football.
“Football has taught me how to be disciplined and how to work and cooperate with others. It has given me a strong work ethic that will benefit me in the future,” said Strange.
Following high school, Strange is interested in pursuing a career as a certified welder. Then again, his work ethic used in welding he owes to football. Strange has been a competitor all his life, and football is where he’s been most competitive up this point in his life. However, he will encounter obstacles in his life that are bigger than a game. When he does, he will thank football for teaching him the skills that helped him reach his future.
Story by Jace Ingle