Athlete of the Year | Reeves exemplified dedication |

Athlete of the Year | Reeves exemplified dedication

Sylas Wright / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Kyle Reeves was a man on a mission his senior year.

It started in the fall, when he played an instrumental role in his Incline soccer team’s Division III state championship run. He then carried over the success into alpine skiing season, representing the undermanned Highlanders with dedication and school pride, while he capped his highlight year by helping lead his Incline golf team to a state runner-up finish.

For his performance and achievements, Reeves is the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza’s Male Athlete of the Year from Incline High School.

“We gave him our Most Improved Player award, and we based the award on his dedication, enthusiasm and his strong desire to succeed. Those were his main attributes both in skiing and golf,” said longtime Incline golf and alpine ski coach Joe Humasti, adding that Reeves improved by leaps and bounds athletically between his early days at Incline and his senior year.

“He was just a different athlete his senior year compared to his sophomore and junior years. He did just a complete turnaround.”

Reeves sped to a fifth-place finish in the dual-elimination slalom race on Day 2 of the Tahoe Basin Ski League state championships. He carded a 195 (95-100) in the two-day Division III state golf championships.

Although he was a solid contributor to the Highlanders’ ski and golf teams, soccer was Reeves’ forte. And he’s not through with the sport, as he recently committed to play at William Jessup University in Rocklin in the fall.

Reeves tuned his skills with four years of varsity experience at Incline.

He moved into the starting lineup for good his sophomore year, powering the Highlanders’ offense with his deft skills, all-out hustle and nose for the goal from his forward position. He also made his teammates better around him as his hard work and effort proved infectious, said Incline soccer coach Tom Canino.

“Kyle’s most outstanding quality as a player and a leader is that he always put his best effort on the field. When you have a guy giving that much every single time he is on the field, it makes your teammates step up and give their best effort as well,” Canino said. “That kind of leadership doesn’t demand a lot of talk. Kyle took our guys out to play.”

Reeves was honored with the All-Sierra League’s Division III offensive MVP award after a stellar postseason that ended with Incline winning its fourth state title — and Reeves burying the winning goal in an overtime thriller against Whittell. Canino remembers it well.

“Kyle scored the winning goal in the state match in overtime by just seeing where the play was going and running down the ball,” the coach recalled. “He did it all on his own. That play would exemplify Kyle as a player — seeing the play, running to the play, dominating the play when he got there.”

Call it a natural ability, Canino said.

“He anticipates the play as well as anyone, and then goes hard to force the play when he sees where it is going. This ability is very difficult to teach. I think Kyle probably picked it up on his own, but it makes a huge difference in shaping the game,” Canino said.

Based on his coaching experiences with Reeves, Humasti has little doubt that he will succeed at the next level just the same.

“I think he’s going to carry over his good work ethic, and I think he’ll do well because of his strong desire to improve as an athlete,” Humasti said.

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