Spotlight Shines on TCHS Senior Katelyn Grogan
This week the Sports Departments spotlight shines on Tyler Consolidated’s Katelyn Grogan.
Going into her senior year at TCHS, Grogan plans on turning some heads as she gears up to play the center-mid position for coach Matt Kinnard’s girls soccer squad. In just her second year as a Lady Knight Grogan already has opposing coaches scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do about her. Coach Kinnard, who will be entering his fourth year leading the Lady Knights said she definitely presents a problem to the opposition.
“She is an impact player who has a natural vision on the field, she sees the passing lanes very well but with her strength and speed I am hoping to get more scoring out of her,” he said. “I wish I could have had her all four years, she is a natural leader and people follow her because she works hard. She lifts the other kids up with her work ethic and she tries to pass that on.”
Kinnard said she has drawn some interest from some of the Division 11 colleges in the area and it is mainly because she is so competitive. He said they have watched her at soccer camp and seem to like her toughness and leadership qualities.
Grogan sees herself as a role player who can make things happen. She said at Bethany’s soccer camp this year she worked hard to improve her overall game but spent extra time on her offensive skills, especially passing and communication.
“I have received great support from TCHS, from teachers, coaches and my peers. I want to go out a winner with good memories. We here at Tyler Consolidated are like one big family, my sophomore year I was a manager on the team and then with a little urging from coach, I said I can play that game and the rest is just history,” she said.
As a junior on the Lady Knights track team, she brought home a gold medal as part of the 4×100 state championship. She has lettered all three years in track and the Lady Knights have won the regional track meet all three years she has competed. As a sophomore she placed in Charleston at the state meet in the high hurdles. She said she is looking forward to track season as the Lady Knights have nearly everyone back, she is hoping for a repeat performance of last season and maybe even a state championship team. Grogan was on the girls volleyball team as a freshman and has lettered the past two years as a member of the Lady Knights basketball team.
Grogan also stays active as a FFA member where she has been a part of the Ham and Bacon show each year. She was a delegate to the state convention in Cedars Lake, this year. Her other interests include 4-H where she has been a member for the past nine years and attended the OMC (Other Member Conference) at Jackson Mills this year. Each year she also works the Tyler County Fair by helping take care of the rabbits and lambs.
Education seems to be on her mind as well as she carries a 4.0 grade point average into her senior year and has her sights set on college where she plans on entering the medical field to become a nurse or a Pharmacist. She hopes to study at Fairmont University or maybe Bethany.