College Bound: Tucker SchankMay 17, 2019
A Q&A with Southridge senior Tucker Schank who announced on Friday he'll be continuing his baseball career collegiately at Indiana University.
What were the main factors into your decision to continue your baseball career in college? (IU) coach Jeff Mercer came to one of our football games in the fall, a sectional game, he was wanting to watch some of our other players. After the game, he heard my name and though "Who is this guy?" and he became interested. We talked a little bit and developed a nice relationship, the rest is history there.
What stood out about Indiana University the most? That place has always been a home to me, I've been there numerous times a year ever since I was a little bitty kid. I was kind of a stranger to their baseball program but I know my dad is an alum of that program too, I feel like after meeting the coach and several of the players I felt like I would fit right in.
During your time at Southridge, who or what do you feel most prepared you to play sports in college? Just building year by year, I had no idea where I'd be at this point when I was a freshman or eighth grader. I was just taking it day-by-day, year-by-year just trying to get better. These last few years, a few opportunities have presented themselves and some doors have opened so I'm glad to take those opportunities.
What are some of the biggest memories that stick out to you from your time at Southridge? There's a lot - we've won a lot of big games, we've won a lot of championships. The state championship is probably the biggest highlight sports wise but for me, just coming in here and working hard everyday with my best friends and being able to be coached by some of the greatest coaches I could've ever asked for. The whole journey has been a highlight for me.
If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would you use? Fulfilling.
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