Senior Night: Alder Football

Paige Jestadt, Staff Writer

After an exciting season football had their senior night last friday. They are currently third in the conference with a record of 2-2 and an overall record of 6-3. The boys work hard everyday in practice to play their best every Friday night to take home a win for Alder Nation. You can see them at their last regular season game Friday, October 21st.

Wyatt Bruce
Wyatt has played football since elementary school, when he started with flag football. His favorite memory of being on the football team was just being part of the team and when he scored his first touchdown last year. He is most inspired by his family. They have always been his biggest fans and he can count on them for everything. They inspire him to be the best even when it is hard. His mom is his inspiration and with her on his side he knows he will be able to do anything. Mrs. Tarr is his favorite teacher because she helped him when he needed it and she motivated him to be better and not give up. After high school, Wyatt plans to work outdoors in the tree and landscape business. Wyatt is the son of Brittanie and Andy Mays and Daniel and Lisa Bruce.

Aidan Burke
Aidan has played football since he was 8 years old and has received 2 varsity letters. His favorite memory from football is when the team beat London twice in one season during his sophomore year. Aidan loves being a student at JA because everyone in the high school is great! His favorite class was Mr. Clark’s Algebra II class because Mr Clark is a great teacher and his class always put Aidan in a good mood. After high school, Aidan plans to either go to college and play football or enter an electrician apprenticeship. Aidan is the son of Christy and Dondi Hatcher and Jon Burke.

2nd Team CBC- Senior Year (2022)

Keeghan Dewitt
Keeghan has played football for 14 years and has received one varsity letter. Keeghan’s favorite memory from high school football is when he won the lineman challenge freshman year and went on to score a touchdown in the final game of the freshman season. Keeghan loves being a student at Alder because Mr. Hayes was his principal for 6 years in a row. Keeghan’s favorite class was being a student aide for Mr. Clapham’s gym class junior year and getting to play games like speedball and volleyball. After high school, Keeghan plans to attend college and pursue his dream of being a high school history teacher in order to come back to Jonathan Alder where he can coach football at the high school level. Keeghan is the son of Heidi and Andy DeWitt.

Simon Fenik
Simon has played football for 7 years. Simon’s favorite memory from football is hanging out in the field home – you just never know what’s going to happen. Simon loves being a student at JA because of his friends. Alder has some of the best people to talk to and he has made some friends for life. Simon’s favorite class is Mr. Deeken’s class. It doesn’t matter what Mr. Deeken is teaching, he’s just a very likable guy. After high school, Simon plans on going to college to study business. Simon is the son of Mark and Leslie Fenik.

2nd Team CBC- Senior Year (2022)

Damon Hay
Damon has played football for eight years and he has earned two varsity letters. Damon’s favorite memory was his freshman year when they won the London game by a game winning field goal. Damon has been influenced by the love of his parents and motivation of all his coaches. The people that motivated him most were his parents and his wrestling coach, Tony Watson.. The people Damon most admires are his parents because he wouldn’t be the person he is today without them. Damon’s favorite teacher was Mr. Palmer. After high school, Damon plans to play football in college and then join the Army as an Aviation specialist. Damon is the son of Steve and Jennifer Hay.

Wyatt Kaizer
Wyatt has played football for 13 years and has lettered the last 2 years. Wyatt’s favorite memory was freshman year when Alder beat London at all 3 levels (Freshman, JV, and Varsity) and after the London JV game Saturday morning Coach Glick did the splits. Wyatt’s favorite class was Mrs. Kerzee’s video production class because he got to make goofy videos with his friends. Wyatt is the son of Heather Hay and Dan Kaizer.

CBC Special Mention- Senior Year (2022)

William Meister
William started playing football when he was 5 years old. He lettered his freshman and sophomore years while playing for the Edgewood Warriors. Over the years William has gone to many different schools and lived in 6 different states. After high school William would like to attend college while participating in the ROTC program. His long term goals include obtaining his law degree and becoming a multi millionaire. William is the son of Maria Meister and Jeffrey Patrick.

Caleb Miller
Caleb has played football since 2nd grade. Although he joined the golf team instead his freshman and sophomore year, he came back to football his junior year and lettered. Caleb’s favorite football memory is last year’s big win on the Pink Out for senior night. Caleb’s favorite class is PreCalc with Mr. Clark, who is his favorite teacher. After high school, Caleb plans to major in environmental science and play college football. Caleb is the son of Chris and Diane Miller.

1st Team CBC- Senior Year (2022)

Doug Nussbaum
Doug has played football since he was five years old and has lettered the past two years. His favorite memory from football is beating London on a last second field goal freshman year. As a JAHS student, Doug has learned a lot from Dr. Lorson, but one of the main things is Doc’s ability to live in the moment and enjoy every little detail of life. Doug’s favorite teacher is Mr. Hughes because he always has a smile on his face and is super chill. After high school, Doug plans to attend college and major in business/finance. Doug is the son of Todd and Megan Nussbaum.

CBC Sportsmanship Award- Senior Year (2022)

Baylor Petzinger
Baylor has been playing football for 12 years. He has two varsity letters and has been a part of two conference championship teams. He received all-conference and all-district honors his junior year. Baylor’s favorite memory as a part of the Jonathan Alder football program was when his team beat London his sophomore year to win the CBC. Baylor loves being a student at JA because of all the relationships he has made with classmates since kindergarten. Baylor’s favorite teacher at JA was Mr. Hughes because he always made you feel welcome and made class fun. Baylor was in Mr. Hughes’ language arts classes during his sophomore and junior year. After high school, Baylor plans to attend college and go to med school. Baylor is the son of Joe and Rebecca Petzinger.

1st Team CBC- Senior Year (2022)

2nd Team CBC- Junior Year (2021)

Andrew Lee Richey
Andrew has played football since he was 7 years old. Andrew’s favorite memory from Alder Football is beating London his Freshman year in the final seconds of the game. Andrew was most influenced by all of the high school coaches for always encouraging him to never give up when things get hard. Andrew most admires his Mom for always being so strong when things get tough, for always having his back and pushing him to do his best. Andrew has 2 favorite teachers – Mr. Mike Palmer, for being able to use something that the students are interested in to teach them, and Mr. Matt Alice, for being so funny and relatable to his students, plus Mr. Alice has a cool car. After high school, Andrew will be attending Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, where he hopes to become a better welder than his Dad. Andrew is the son of Stacy Richey and Arthur Conrad.

Isaak Ricker
Isaak has played football since he was 8 years old and he has one varsity letter. Isaak’s favorite memory from football is when they beat London with the winning field goal. Isaak has been most influenced by his coaches, especially Coach Glick. Isaak’s favorite teacher is Mr. Clark because he was always fun to talk to and made math stress free. After high school, Isaak plans to go to college and study engineering. He hopes to play a collegiate sport. Isaak is the son of Cris and Angie Ricker.

Hank Shoemaker
Hank has played football since 7th grade. He has received 2 Varsity letters and is one of the team’s Captains this year. Hank’s favorite memory from football is knocking London out of the playoffs in the 2020 season. Hank loves being a student at JA because of all the memories he’s made with his friends. Hank’s favorite class is Mr. Carpenter’s class because he cracks some pretty good jokes and is an automatic bucket when playing basketball. After high school, Hank plans to continue working for Headings Construction while deciding where to go to college. Hank is the son of Jared and Nikki Shoemaker.

2nd Team CBC- Senior Year (2022)

CBC Special Mention- Junior Year (2021)

Carson Skidmore 

Carson has played soccer since he was 3. He has received 2 varsity letters, has been a captain for 3 years, and made CBC First Team for soccer in 2021. This is his first year playing football.  Carson’s favorite class was Mr. Hughes AP Lang & Comp class during  junior year because of the friends and jokes made in the class. Also Mr. Hughes wasn’t at all mad that Carson and “his gang” as he called it would always walk in late from lunch. After high school, Carson plans to go to college and major in zoology to become a zookeeper. Carson is the son of Stephanie and Todd Skidmore.

Cammarn Smith
Cammarn has played football since he was six years old. After high school, Cammarn has plans to go into the military. Cammarn is the son of Jill Smith.

Mason Wolford
This is Mason’s second year of playing high school football as he is returning to the sport after only playing his freshman year. His favorite memory from football is his freshman year when the varsity went 10-0 and were CBC League Champions. Mason’s favorite class is Mr. Swinehart’s financial investment class because you learn key life concepts and the whole class loves Mr. Swinehart. After high school, Mason plans to play lacrosse and study business in college. Mason Is the son of Alex and Bethany Wolford.