CHESTERTON | Jamie Sensibaugh will admit that he saw something in Trent Weller as a freshman last season that had the Chesterton coach excited for the future.
Sensibaugh likely wouldn’t be able to admit he knew just how quickly that future potential would become a reality after Weller exploded onto the scene as a sophomore this season.
Picking up the slack for the departed Jonathan Blake and the injured Billy Biehl, Weller is Chesterton’s top scorer with 12 goals and nine assists.
“Trent brings qualities that go beyond his years,” Sensibaugh said. “One of those qualities is size. He’s big, he’s strong and he knows how to use his body. He plays really determined and that’s something that we saw in him from the beginning.”
Weller is quiet and deliberate away from the field and he uses the same calculation in answering questions about his rise to prominence that he does when he sizes up a scoring opportunity. Weller made his mark just six minutes into the season when he assisted on the first goal in a 6-0 season-opening win over Boone Grove.
Weller is one of five sophomores on the varsity roster, three of which are in the starting lineup, but the forward has not let his age slow him down.
“We don’t look at it as just the sophomores or the upperclassmen,” Weller said. “We’re just a team. Everyone comes together.”
The Trojans (13-2-1) have faced their fair share of adversity this season, from Blake’s defection on the eve of the regular season, to Biehl suffering a season-ending injury against Andrean. Weller and fellow sophomore Jameson Sensibaugh have picked up the slack while John Ward and Jared O’Dell have continued to find the back of the net. Combine Caleb Gmyrek's nine shutouts this year, the Trojans are ready for the postseason.
“Someone had to step up and fill Billy’s shoes,” Weller said. “We have just all worked harder to help accomplish our goals.”
Sensibaugh knows the Trojans will have a tough path in a sectional that features Valparaiso and Portage. Chesterton lost 3-0 to the Vikings early this season and then knocked off the Indians 2-1 in overtime two weeks ago on the strength of game-winning goal from Weller. Should Chesterton and Valparaiso meet again; the Trojans will be a different team.
“The dynamics of the team have changed,” Sensibaugh said. “Trent has proved that he can be a multi-faceted player. His work has made this happen. We see nothing but upside with Trent.”