Athlete of the Week: Kyle Lucas

Soccer season is about to kick off in the GISA.

The Mount de Sales boys team wants to earn a return trip to the State Championship game.

They lost in the finals last year, but with the spirit and and brain power of one senior, the Cavs are starting off in good shape.

Kyle Lucas is our Athlete of the Week.

Kyle Lucas, like any other teenager, has his favorite classes. He loves astronomy and tolerates advanced placement economics. But either way, Kyle figures he will come out with an "A."

After all, his high school transcript is perfect.

He's gone four years with a perfect record. You would have to go all the way back to middle school to find a blemish.

" I made one "B" in music class one year in middle school, but that was it and my dad will joke with me about it," he said with a smile.

Don't get the wrong idea. Kyle says it's not easy juggling his love of soccer with his determination to get things done in the classroom.

"This goes for any athlete trying to keep up with school. "You just have to be willing to put the time into it," Lucas admitted. "Some nights, it's school, soccer, go do homework, and go to sleep for the whole week.You lose a lot of free time."

Georgia Tech has already accepted the senior and he's waiting to hear from Yale.
As for impressing his coach, Iain Jones says Kyle started with soccer, stepped away to play tennis for a couple of years, and came back, but he came back as a humble junior just looking to make a difference.

"He didn't come in and expect to start, he didn't expect to be All-Region, which he was last year, and so that right there reflects who Kyle is," Jones said. "He wants do do the best he can for his own well-being and for his teammates and his school."

For the Cavs to make it back to the Championship game, Jones says Kyle's skills are essential. There are a lot of young guys on the squad looking for direction.

"Defensively, he is probably one of our best defenders," Jones said.

"I guess it's going to be a challenge for me because I'm quiet on the sideline, and I need to learn to be more of a leader because somebody needs to step up, I guess, and teach everyone how to play," Lucas said.

"I don't need him to step up and have twenty goals or be the best defender in the league," Jones said. "I just need him to continue what he's been been doing - work hard and show the younger players how to do things the right way. Set the example on and off the field, and with school, work, and everything else will take care of itself."


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