When I look back on my high school career, it seems as though most of my memories revolve around sports. That is not to say that "sports were my life," but I enjoyed them while I participated and took from them precious moments that I will have forever. First and foremost, I remember the pride I felt putting on my Warriors jersey. I wanted to excel in everything I did so that when people thought of Tuscola, my name just might pop into their head. I wanted opponents to fear me whenever I stepped onto the court or track. I wanted to be remembered.
Whether or not this will actually happen is yet to be seen, but I will never lose what I have learned from sports. I have learned how to be a leader, both by example and voice. I have learned how to face adversity and to overcome it. I have learned how to be both a competitor and good sport. My coaches trained me to be the best athlete I can be, but spectators may not see that they have also taught me how to be a better person outside of the sport. For this, I would like to thank my coaches, Aja and Justin Bozarth, Justin Quick, Ryan Hornaday, Jess Lehman, Mark Sweeney, Ryan Tabeling, Phil and Suzanne Davis, and especially Tim Kohlbecker. He has been the biggest influence in my development as an athlete and a person. To say it shortly, he made me grow up.
Words will never be able to describe the feeling I got when I blocked a hit, made a jump shot in a defender's face or blew by someone in the last 200 meters of a race. Every time I think of one of my glorious moments in sports, I smile and relive it one more time. Though my career may be over, I imagine I will carry these moments with me for the rest of my life.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tuscola's National Honor Society president was the Warriors' team MVP in basketball and track as a senior. She was an All-Area pick in basketball and a state qualifier in track. In volleyball, she was Tuscola's top offensive player. In her prep career, Troike won 12 varsity letters (two in cross-country), was chosen team MVP 10 times, earned five all-conference awards and was part of four school records, covering volleyball and track. She will enter the nursing program at Illinois State University in the fall.