Jeannette senior Chishko excited about soccer team's prospects
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Bailey Chishko, a senior at Jeannette High School, has been playing soccer nearly all his life.
Chishko, who focuses on soccer as his favorite sport, got his start in the Jeannette Soccer Club.
“I just tried it and liked it, so I kept playing,” said Chishko. “I was good, so that helped.”
His goal for the year is to continue getting better and to help the team improve.
He has switched positions for his final year of high school soccer. Chishko, who has always played at mid-field, has moved to the forward position. It's basically a wholesale change.
He has gone from playing a more a defensive role on the field to playing no defense whatsoever. Chishko said it's too early in the season to tell if he prefers his old position or new position.
“It's a big switch. The game itself is different because you're in a different spot playing against the opponent,” he said.
The Jeannette boys soccer team has come a long way since its reincarnation a few years ago. In Chishko's freshman year, the team was brand new and wasn't an official WPIAL team. The group was in club play, essentially playing a season of scrimmages.
“I'm sick of losing. I feel proud of building the team and I just want to do great this year and leave a legacy,” Chishko said.
Each year, the team has made moderate improvements and this year, Chishko said, he is excited about the group's prospects.
“The team is a lot better than last year. We have a different coach who is going a different way and it's working way better,” he said. “I expect a lot more wins this season.”
Mitchell Steele is the new boys soccer head coach and Chishko is enjoying his leadership.
“He's good,” Chishko said. “It's like having our own motivational speaker. He loves the game. He decided to take the spot, I'm glad. Change is good.
“The team is responding well. We haven't done this well, ever really.”
The team started off the season winning two scrimmages, including one against a team that “destroyed us” last year.
“The same team this year brought like 30 kids with them and we had no subs and we still beat them.”
In the meantime, the team has added a few more freshmen players and is up to three subs available in games.
Still, that's not a ton of time off in the course of a game, especially for a senior leader on the team like Chishko. He said the difference is made in his conditioning efforts.
“You have to prepare yourself to not get a break in the whole game,” he said. “You have to work extra hard in practices.”
After graduation next spring, Chishko hopes to place soccer in college but he hasn't chosen a school yet. He also hasn't settled on a major, but he likes science and computers.
Chishko is thankful to his teammates for their hard work in getting this year's group where it needs to be to see a successful season.
He is the son of Brian Chishko, who has been coaching him in soccer for his entire life. Brian Chishko did not grow up playing soccer; he learned the game specifically so he could coach his son, and his son has grown into an athlete who is consistently recognized for his hard work on the field.
Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-5154.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers cut linebacker Kion Wilson, sign cornerback Toler
- Armstrong Concert Band performing Saturday in Ford Cliff
- Mon Valley called ‘ground zero’ for blight
- Employers start to feel wage pressures
- Pirates’ Melancon has been consistent since moving into closer’s role
- Do blacks need favors?
- Piano prodigy shared by teaching, composing
- Five questions facing Steelers entering training camp
- 2 teens charged in shooting in New Castle
- ‘Spamalot,’ a musical passionate about silliness
- New workout craze Piloxing combines mix of disciplines