Springdale grad tabbed AMCC Co-Player of Year
Three-a-day practices don't seem to faze Bryan Weimerskirch the way they used to.
The La Roche junior has been through the rigors of soccer training camp. He's run the successive, mad dashes to the 6-yard line, then the 18, then the 50, across to the same lines on the other side of the field and back — affectionately known as “soccer suicides.”
“We'll run five in a row, then take a break, then go again,” he said. “You see a lot of the younger guys getting sick and throwing up.”
Not Weimerskirch. In a twisted sort of way, he enjoys the intense severity of summer workouts. He almost thrives on them.
Preseason players of the year do those sort of things.
“Honestly, I feel like it's been easier,” said Weimerskirch, a Springdale graduate and a 6-foot-2, 170-pound forward. “I don't know if it's coming to camp in better shape; maybe I am just getting used to it.”
After back-to-back seasons where he established himself as one of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference's premier players, Weimerskirch has been tabbed the AMCC's Co-Preseason Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Medaille senior midfielder Pablo Ordonez.
“It's very surprising because there are so many good players in the conference,” Weimerskirch said. “I don't know if my name should be mentioned with the others. There are five players on my team that are very good, even better than I am.”
A conference player to watch heading into last season, Weimerskirch scored 12 goals and added four assists, a year after tying the school record as a freshman with 33 points and won ECAC South Rookie of the Year and AMCC Newcomer of the Year honors.
He was a first-team all-conference pick.
But with defenses ready to throw a net over the nifty scorer, Weimerskirch is ready to get some of those other talented players involved.
“We have a lot of talent,” he said. “Me winning this award doesn't mean anything. I have to go out and play my same game. Teams are going to gameplan for me. My teammates are very capable. We want to bring the conference championship back for the first time here. We have real high expectations.”
Weimerskirch, who considered walking on at Coastal Carolina (S.C.) at the tail-end of his prep career at Springdale, said he's found a comfort zone at La Roche.
“I thought about maybe transferring after two years and moving down there,” he said about Coastal Carolina. “But me and some A-K guys decided to stay and get a house together.”
They would be senior forward Chad Trozzi (Burrell) and sophomore defender Dave Hidinger (Freeport).
La Roche, tabbed to finished third this season in a preseason poll, reached the AMCC Tournament semifinals last season before falling against eventual-champion Medaille.
The Red Hawks also made the ECAC Tournament.
Weimerskirch already stated he doesn't mind hard work, and he keeps in soccer shape in the offseason. But, clearly, the part-time job he has can't be that difficult. He works as a cashier at Victoria's Secret in Ross Park Mall.
“My girlfriend applied there, so I did to and I got the job,” he said. “I work in the pink part of the store. I sell some bras once in a while.
“My coach and teammates tease me all the time. They're just jealous.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at email@example.com.