WALKERTON | It’s not often a high school student-athlete wins two team sport sectional championships in a single school year, but it’s even more rare to win a pair in a single season.
Michael Gore spent his Friday night basking in the glory of a second sectional championship after the Andrean football team posted a 42-0 win at John Glenn. Gore serves as the team’s kicker, an easy transition from his first sport – the senior was a star soccer player who led the 59ers to the semistate semifinal earlier this fall.
“The football team, they just work so hard and I just come out here and try to do as much as I can with them, as much as possible,” Gore said. “It’s a lot easier now that soccer’s over and it’s just great to be out here with a different set of guys that I know work just as hard. It’s really good to see it all come together.”
Gore was the unquestioned leader on the soccer team and scored Andrean’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over Mishawaka Marian that gave the school its first soccer regional title since 1996.
On the football field, he doesn’t command the same star power as he did on the soccer pitch – but that doesn’t mean he cares any less. Gore went 6-for-6 in extra-point attempts in Friday night’s win.
“I just do anything to help these guys win,” Gore said, “We’re a team and that’s what it’s all about, just doing your part.”
This is Gore’s first season as the football team’s kicker, taking up the mantle after an invitation from head coach Phil Mason. Now, Gore has a chance to play for a second regional title this season.
“It feels great,” Gore said. “I thought soccer was going to be it, but this year Coach just asked me if I wanted to kick, so it feels nice that I can do it twice in the same year – especially senior year. It’s a pretty good feeling.”