Kamiak junior letters in 3 sports

By Zoe Jovanovich | Apr 10, 2013
Photo by: Zoe Jovanovich Tyler Webley is the first recipient of Kamiak High School’s new 3 Sport Athlete lettermen’s patch.

Tyler Webley has a patch on his letterman’s jacket that no other athlete at his school has.

Tyler, a junior at Kamiak High School, is the first recipient of the school’s new 3 Sport Athlete letterman’s jacket patch. As a sophomore, Tyler lettered in football, wrestling and track – and he’s set to letter in all three again this year.

“I don’t like being lazy,” he said. “I saw no reason in not [playing three sports]. I’ve always played football and wrestled, and I thought I’d try track freshman year.”

As a freshman, Tyler lettered in two out of his three sports, wrestling and track, and then added his third in football his sophomore year.

Tyler is an outside linebacker for the Knight’s football team. This year, he was a starter for the team, and made the First Team for All-Wesco. He led the team in tackles the second half of this season.

In wrestling, Tyler made the top 10 at the state this year. He was also voted team captain by his teammates.

He placed first at the Mariner Holiday Classic, second at the Panther Classic and third place at the Graham Morin Memorial Tournament. He finished second at districts and fourth at regionals.

Tyler’s overall record was 29-9 with 13 pins this wrestling season in the 170 pounds weight class.

In track and field, Tyler competed in the long jump and the 110 and 300 meter hurdles as a freshman and sophomore. He made it to districts his freshman year.

Tyler said he plans to try javelin, shot put and the 100-meter and compete again in the long jump this season.

“We are very proud of Tyler’s athletic commitment, dedication, and accomplishments,” said Athletic Director Sean Monica. “He is an excellent representative of the kind of athlete and person we wish to help cultivate at Kamiak High School.”

Tyler picked up his three sports at different times throughout his life. He started playing football in fifth grade and wrestling in seventh grade. He also used to play baseball for years, but decided to try track in high school.

Sports have been a big part of school for Tyler, so he would like to continue playing in college.

Already, he’s received several letters from colleges interested in signing him on for football or wrestling, including from Princeton, Yale and Duke University. Several Division II schools are also interested.

Tyler’s first choice, however, would be to wrestle for Oregon State. He said he likes Oregon State because their team is consistently in the top 10 in the nation, and they have a renowned coach.

Although Tyler is the first recipient of the 3 Sport Athlete patch, he is not the first three-sport letterman in Kamiak’s history. There have been several such athletes, including Tyler’s dad.

“My dad was the first three-sport letterman,” Tyler said. “He was in [Kamiak’s] first graduating class.”

Coincidentally, Tyler’s dad lettered in the same three sports: football, wrestling and track.

“He was a track star, senior year he was running Olympic trial times,” Tyler said.

Eighteen years later, Tyler is the first recipient of Kamiak’s 3 Sport Athlete patch.

The patch is a Knight’s shield in purple and gray with the words “3 Sport Athlete” on it and a Kamiak K.

Kamiak’s Athletic Department developed the 3 Sport Athlete patch to acknowledge school athletes’ efforts and encourage athletes to play more than one sport.

In recent times, athletes have been trending toward specializing in one sport, Monica said. Kamiak’s coaches want to do what they can to bring back the era of the multi-sport athlete.

“At Kamiak, we firmly believe that playing multiple sports benefit our student-athletes and all of our athletic programs,” Monica said. “Playing multiple sports allows the athlete to experience overcoming failure and adversity in a wide variety of athletic settings.

“Learning how to be perseverant and determined prepares the athlete to be more successful in each sport they participate in, and more importantly, being exposed to a variety of adverse situations better prepares the student athlete to be successful in life.”

Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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