Quality performer: Laughlin is Sierra Sun’s male athlete of the year from North Tahoe
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; When it came down to raw athleticism and performance, two student-athletes stood out among the Lakers’ senior class during the 2009-10 school year.
For their standout skills and efforts, Kea Jolicoeur and Parker Laughlin have been selected as the Sierra Sun’s Athletes of the Year from North Tahoe High School.
Here’s a closer look at the Sierra Sun’s choice for male athlete of the year.
Laughlin followed closely in the footsteps of his older brother and#8212; the Sierra Sun’s 2008-’09 Athlete of the Year, James Laughlin.
Like his brother, Parker Laughlin is a beast. He was a stud on the Laker football team, excelling at multiple positions for the shorthanded squad, and a quality performer in the throwing events during track and field season.
He was rewarded for his efforts, as he was voted by coaches to the 2A All-State and Northern 2A All-League first team as a defensive lineman. And he may have been even more effective as a fullback, said North Tahoe head coach Scott Everist.
and#8220;He’s an intense player. Dedicated. He went after things,and#8221; Everist said. and#8220;He’s a hard hitter and a really physical player. Probably his best attribute was on offense as a fullback, but he also played defensive end really well. Overall, he’s just a terrific player.and#8221;
At 6-3 and 225 pounds with speed, power and agility, it was a no-brainer what to do in short-yardage situations, the coach said.
and#8220;We could count on him to get the tough yards,and#8221; Everist said. and#8220;Any time a situation came up where we knew we had to get the ball somewhere, his number would be the one called. He was someone to rely upon.and#8221;
Everist said Laughlin hopes to play football in the fall at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.
and#8220;I think Parker has a lot of skill as a football player,and#8221; said Piechocinski, an assistant coach with the Laker football team. and#8220;He can play just about any position if he wanted to. Actually, he has. He’s played line, some center, fullback, tight end and#8230; And he got bigger last year, so he’s still got a lot of football ahead of him.and#8221;
In track and field, while he didn’t dominate the competition like his brother in the shot put and discus events, Laughlin did record some respectable throws for the Lakers his senior year. And that was after not competing in either event since he was a freshman. Yet he still finished fourth in both at state, as he threw the shot 43-05.75 and the discus 122-04.
and#8220;He stepped up and filled the top throwers spot, and he hadn’t thrown at all since his freshman year,and#8221; Piechocinski said. and#8220;And he put up some pretty good numbers for somebody who hasn’t thrown for a long time.and#8221;
Laughlin also ran the sprint events and contributed to the boys’ relay teams.
and#8220;He’s a good athlete,and#8221; Piechocinski said. and#8220;Doing the shot and the discus is more of a rhythmic dance. It takes time to learn. You can only muscle it so far, then you have to get the skill factor involved.and#8221;
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