WHEELERSBURG – It’s not so often that you’re given the opportunity to play a sport at the collegiate level after having just two years of experience with the sport.
Yet, Athan Temponeras is getting that opportunity after signing his letter of intent to play soccer at Wittenberg University, a sport he picked up beginning in his junior year at Wheelersburg.
“I’ve loved the past two years, being able to play soccer,” said Temponeras at his signing Friday afternoon. “It’s been great after I made the switch from football to soccer, and I’m really excited to get started at Wittenberg.
Temponeras has been an integral part of Pirates teams, both on the baseball diamond as well as the soccer pitch, over his high school career. His efforts on the attack for the soccer team last fall helped lead the Pirates to an outright SOC II championship, a sectional title, and an appearance in the district finals.
“I really loved the campus,” said Temponeras when asked about what made Wittenberg University his choice to spend the next four years of his life. “Their coaches were all really nice, and they’re ready to compete at a high level.”
Wittenberg is an NCAA Division III level program in Springfield, Ohio that competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Temponeras plans on studying pre-law while attending Wittenberg.
In addition to the great memories made on the field, Temponeras says he’ll never forget the support his friends and family have given him while playing at Wheelersburg.
“It’s been great. All of my friends usually come to my soccer and baseball games, the support from everyone here has really been great.”
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