Silver Knight Caleb Strode Looking Forward to 2020-21 Sports Season
With two and a half months of his sophomore year wiped out due to the coronavirus, Caleb Strode has not let opportunity pass him by.
He will be entering his junior year in the fall at Tyler Consolidated and is hoping things return to normal so he can get back on the football field and showcase his talents.
With the Silver Knights sports complex getting a complete overhaul, Strode is looking forward to being one of the first in school history to play on the new field.
During the past couple months he has been working out on his own in anticipation of his junior season.
“I spend a good deal of time on the outdoor basketball court trying to improve my overall game. I love basketball, it’s my favorite sport and I’m hoping to improve on my ball handling, and my offense,” said Strode. “However, I am also working to gain strength and speed which will help me on the football field this fall.”
Caleb stands about 6-1 and weighs in at 205. Last season he manned a linebacker spot for the Knights and also carried the ball some.
He is a dedicated athlete who said he wants to be a leader for the Knights starting this coming season, while setting an example for the younger kids to follow.
With the Knights losing six players from this years basketball team to graduation, Strode knows he will have to step up his game. “When you lose players like Mark Rucker and Gage Huffman, someone has to fill those positions. I am planning on playing a more significant role to help fill those gaps left by the departing seniors.”
Strode has been playing sports since he was around four years old. “I started out at an early age, in the youth leagues, I played basketball, football and baseball even before I started school.”
Basketball soon became his sport of choice and he continued to play football. He has lettered in basketball and football the past two years, and his work ethic makes it clear he wants to continue to be a Silver Knight and a standout athlete for the next two years.
Although he’s not certain as to his future plans, with two years left he is also concentrating on his studies and maintains a 3.5 GPA, while being on the honor roll each semester.
Caleb said when he leaves TCHS, he wants to be remembered not only as an athlete, but as a good all-around student who did his best on and off the field.
“I want the younger kids to know that they can approach me for any reason and I will be there to offer help and advice. That’s the way it’s been for me as a Silver Knight and that’s how I want the tradition to continue.
We at the Tyler Star News wish the best for Caleb Strode as he continues his career at TCHS.