Sports Spotlight: Tyler Kocher
This week, the Wetzel Chronicle will shine its Sports Spotlight on Valley Lumberjack senior Tyler Kocher , a standout in football, basketball, and baseball.
During basketball, Kocher has been the first athlete off the bench for the past two seasons, while spot starting on a few. He was the guy that did it all. He was a solid rebounder, while keeping the ball alive on the boards. He was also the guy to come in and shut the other team’s best player down on defense.
In baseball, Kocher is the conductor behind the plate, keeping track of what’s going on and telling his defense where to go, including keeping base-runners by throwing out 23 players out from moving up a base with his arm strength.
In football, Kocher was the starting quarterback and punter before being injured. However, he passed for 970 yards, with 10 TDs, while churning up 550 yards with five touchdowns in his first three games. With injuries to Kocher, the Lumberjacks had to go another route and Kocher finished the season on the ground, rushing for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he made 34 tackles with two interceptions.
We asked Tyler nine questions, and here are the questions and answers:
What do you want people to know about you, that most people didn’t know? I am shy towards people until I get to know them.
What is your favorite TV show, and why? Friday Night Lights. Watching this has showed me to never give up and to believe in myself no matter what.
What your favorite book, and why? “My Losing Season” because you can’t let one losing game bring you down for the whole season.
If you could go back in time who would you want to hang out with? My great-grandpa.
From a scale of 1-10, what would you rate yourself to sing in a crowd? FIVE!
In the same scale, what would you rate yourself as a dancer, and what song would you dance to? FOUR, U Can’t Touch This!
What is your favorite thing to do when you get ready for a game? Getting pumped up with the team and Coaches!
With one year left, what is there left to accomplish in sports? It’s what every athlete strives and that is Win a State a Championship.
What do you like to do when your not playing sports? Hunting and fishing!