The best of both worlds

Ross contributes to Lakers' soccer, football teams
Matt DeYoung
Oct 29, 2013

Adam Ross swears his loyalties aren’t divided.

The Spring Lake senior gives 100 percent to both of his teams — the Lakers’ varsity soccer and football squads.

And best of all, Ross gets to enjoy the successes the two teams have shared this fall, which have been significant.

Ross is a defender on the Lakers’ varsity soccer team, which plays in the Division 2 state semifinals against Sturgis on Wednesday.

On Friday, he’ll be with his other team, the Lakers’ football squad, handling kicking duties as Spring Lake hosts a Division 3 state playoff game for the first time in more than a decade.

“This week, it’s not too much to handle, but it’s almost too much to process it all,” Ross said with a grin. “It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever been in. It’s just so much at one time. The football players are getting psyched about one game, the soccer players getting psyched about the other, and I get the best of both of it.”

Ross began dreaming about playing both sports as an eighth grader, watching Alec “Bucky” Howe do both back in 2009.

“Every since eighth grade, I’ve been trying to talk to (varsity soccer coach Jeremy) Thelen as much as I can about kicking, and I just somehow found my place my senior year,” Ross said.

He’s made quite an impact on both teams.

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