Editor’s Note: The Daily Times has released part seven of an an eight-part series discussing the accomplishments and future plans of Southeast Ohio District Athletic Board and OHSAA scholarship winners Makayla Akers, Alek Blevins, Taylor Doerr, Cole Gilliland, T.J. Hoggard, Drew Lowe, Nathan Riehl, and Hagen Schaefer. Blevins, Gilliland, Hoggard, Riehl, Lowe, and Schaefer have been featured and Doerr will be featured here in part seven.
When a person dedicates himself or herself in extracurricular activities as well as in the classroom during the present day, that said person will eventually open doors to sprint through in the future.
As a solid two-sport athlete and as a strong worker in the classroom, Wheelersburg’s Taylor Doerr has certainly set a high standard that will certainly be tough to beat.
The standout cornerback — who also served as a solid contributor on the Pirates’ basketball unit — garnered a grade-point-average that not only allowed the senior to graduate with high honors, but also gain acceptance into Marshall’s pre-med program. This allowed Doerr to become one of only three individuals — including Alek Blevins and Hagen Schaefer — to obtain a $1,000 OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship for his work in the classroom and on the field of play.
For Doerr, the opportunity to earn such a prestigious award comes as a great honor considering the 24 names that the senior was able to join on the Southeast Ohio District Athletic Board (SEOAB) list.
“It is a huge honor, not only for me, but as well as for all of the athletes that received scholarships,” Doerr said. “I believe that this award displays the hard work and effort that we put in, not only on the field, but in the classroom, as well.”
Overall, Doerr’s efforts, from an athletic standpoint, were most showcased on the football field, where the 5-10, 165-pound cornerback proved to be a vital contributor to the Pirates’ 48-6 record over his four years of high school football with three consecutive SOC II titles and four consecutive trips to the Division V, Region 17 Championship Game.
In all, Wheelersburg went 16-1 in SOC II play during Doerr’s four years with the Pirates’ football program, with the senior transforming himself into a force to be reckoned with at the cornerback spot in his final two seasons of play as ‘Burg went 25-3 with a Division V Regional Championship and a state semifinal appearance in 2015. Doerr accumulated All-Southeast District Special Mention honors following his senior year of action.
Despite the late start into basketball, Doerr didn’t miss a beat on the basketball court, either. In his final campaign on the floor, Doerr contributed heavily at the guard spots for a team that went 11-3 in SOC II play (runner-up to SOC II Champion Oak Hill) and 16-6 overall on the year to round out his athletic career.
“First of all, the coaches at Wheelersburg are some of the best around the state, not only at leading a team, but at teaching valuable life lessons,” Doerr said of his time at Wheelersburg. “(Rob) Woodward has always stressed the importance of holding yourself accountable, whether it be in the classroom or on the field. He always encouraged us to do whatever we needed to do in order to get the job done in the classroom, and he stressed to us that school always comes first. He and my teammates also taught me the value and importance of work and effort because there are no shortcuts in life.”
However, it was still up to Doerr when it came down to applying himself in the classroom — which the senior certainly did in spades.
In fact, it was Doerr’s work that helped the Wheelersburg football program collect an Academic All-Ohio award as a team following the 2016 season, as the senior was not only one of 27 Pirates to garner a grade-point-average of 3.5 of higher, but was one of three players — including fellow Marshall attendee Keaton Newsome and Tanner Bivens — to be named Academic All-Ohio athletes as individuals, which requires a GPA at or above 3.6 throughout his or her high school career while being selected as an all-conference or an all-district performer.
And it was sports that helped Doerr with the essence of time.
“The way that I found to be most effective was just using my time to my advantage,” Doerr said of his academic success. “Whatever time I had during class or between classes I dedicated to getting as much of my work done as possible. This really eased the stress of trying to scramble and do homework after practice.”
At Marshall, Doerr will have to employ much of the same tactics to be a successful undergraduate student, especially in pre-medicine.
However, the future member of the Green and White knows that his experiences in sports — where every play presented different adversities and unforeseen challenges in split-second form — will help him along his journey.
“Academics and sports go hand-in-hand in the sense that adversity will come,” Doerr said. “It comes in a different form, but just as in sports, it’s all about your attitude towards the obstacle, and in the way that you decide to handle it.”
So with a successful high school career in the books, and a successful support system around him, Taylor Doerr knows that his future is open to whatever he sits his mind to.
“I feel that my foundation at Wheelersburg High School has taught me that I can do anything that I set my mind to,” Doerr said. “Since my teachers and coaches pushed me so hard as a student-athlete, I feel that I’m prepared for college and the adversities that I will face at Marshall. I am also blessed and fortunate that I have two loving parents who are always willing to help me in any way possible.”
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