Josiah is ready
By Dave Merchant firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior football captain Josiah Fitch is ready for another big season on the gridiron. He plays three varsity sports: football, wrestling, and track and field. In football he plays offensive line, defensive line and long snapper.
He has many fond memories in sports, but one definitely stands out: “Beating Farmington Hills Harrison for the regional title with very short time left on the clock with a play that we didn't run all year,” Josiah Fitch said.
Josiah is excited about being a captain this year: “I’m very honored to be one of the team captains this year,” he said. “I will do my best to lead the team through my actions and my effort just like all of the guys have done before me.”
His favorite teacher is Mr. Zainea. He taught his AP language class this past year. He is not particularly a huge fan of English, but he brought new perspectives into light and taught it differently than he had ever been taught English before. He definitely learned more last year from him than he could have ever imagined. He said he really appreciates him.
He has had good coaches. “I don’t really think I have a favorite coach,” he said. “In Chelsea, our coaches are some of the best in the state so it’s very difficult to have a favorite. Some of the stand-out ones in my head are Coach Lucas, and Coach Lindauer from football, Coach Chapman, and Dakota Cooley from wrestling, and Kari Goorhouse from Track and Field. They are all spectacular teachers of the sport and easy to learn from. My favorite sport is football, but wrestling follows closely, and shot-put was a last second thing but I really enjoyed it.”
There are goals this year. “My goal for this season is to focus on the little things one at a time,” he said. “Rather than immediately look for the state championship, I want to focus on getting better at one thing each day, so when the state finals does come, God willing, I am the absolute best player that I can be.”
Their first game of the season, Dexter is going to be a huge game. “Every year, I get super nervous about this one. Not that I don’t trust my ability and my team, I just don’t want our class to be the class to lose to them in 24 years,” he said. “Another big game we will have is against Jackson. After losing to them last year, we are hungry for a win against them so we are going to come out ready for a fight.”
He has big thoughts for the future especially after high school. “Recently I have been thinking about it a lot, and I think God is leading me towards Spring Arbor University for Track and Field,” he said. “This is a college that would encourage me in my faith and push me to become a more Godly man, at the same time, giving me a great education.”
His goal to become a dentist. He has always thought it was interesting and cool so that is what he has been thinking about doing since 8th grade.
“My dad is Jeff Fitch, my mom is Chrissy Fitch, and I have one younger brother named Caleb Fitch,” he said. “All of whom I love so much. They support me at all of my sporting events and everything else I do, I can’t imagine life without them.”
He has interests outside of sports. “I really enjoy singing at church and with my family, also, I like playing instruments like the violin and guitar,” he said. “I like to play air-soft with my friends, but I really enjoy doing active things outside like sports.”
Josiah has good advice for younger athletes: “My advice to the underclassmen is to really try to take someone under your wing when you become a senior,” he added. “Don’t be one of those guys who is too good for everyone, but be a friendly face that guys can count on. And take it all in. It’s going to be over so fast, I didn’t really realize that till now. It’s my last season so I am going to do whatever I can to make it the absolute best season possible.”