CHESTERTON | Potential can be a dangerous word when it comes to high school athletics.
If used to talk about the future, potential describes not how good an athlete is, but how good an athlete may become down the road. If the word is used in the past tense, then it’s typically when someone talks about good someone may have been instead of wasted talent.
Chesterton’s Billy Biehl has plenty of potential. If his first two years in a Trojan uniform are any indication, the junior midfielder will fulfill all of it before he moves on to the next level.
“I’ve coached quite a few kids and Billy has the potential to be one of the best players we’ve ever had here at Chesterton,” coach James Sensibaugh said. “I really thought he easily could’ve been the (DAC) conference player of the year last year.”
Biehl already boasts a resume through his first two years of high school that most players would take as a career. He cracked the lineup as a freshman, something that is difficult in the Duneland Athletic Conference. As a sophomore, Biehl notched 12 goals and nine assists and even more is expected this season.
“I want to prove to coach (Sensibaugh) that I can live up to those words,” Biehl said. “It makes me feel good to hear that, but it also makes me want to play a lot better.”
The potential of Biehl playing better is sure to give rival DAC coaches some headaches this season. Biehl has already earned the respect of his opponents through his first two years of high school and is sure to be a key part of the opposition’s gameplan this season.
“Every time he touches the ball, he’s a very dangerous player,” Valparaiso coach Danny Jeftich said. “He can shoot with either foot. He has all the tools there and he will be a threat. He’s still a young man, but he’s got a lot of potential.”
For as much as everyone else talks about how good Biehl is or may become, the junior is pretty reserved when it comes to talking about himself. He answers questions about his game, or his potential, with short, technical sentences and he doesn’t reveal more information than he needs to, much like the way he plays soccer.
“Billy has all these little attributes and he’s just so incredibly technical,” Sensibaugh said. “The ball seems glued to his foot. He goes left and right, he attacks and space and the ball stays right there.”
Crown Point and Valparaiso have the best teams on paper this season, but Biehl and Trojans are right in the conversation for the DAC, that is if they live up to their potential.
“There’s going to be a lot of teams that are strong this season and I’m focused on being more of a leader and getting my teammates ready for those games,” Biehl said. “I just want to get continually better and help the team the best I can.”