Deeds, not words.
Tanner Kircher makes his statement, and it’s a loud one, by fiercely guarding his patch of the soccer pitch.
A skilled defender who has also successfully doubled as an emergency goaltender this season, he’s a strong, sometimes underrated, linchpin for the Coupeville High School boys’ soccer squad.
Try and bring the ball into his territory and he will ruthlessly crush your dreams of scoring.
“One of my strengths is clearing the ball,” Kircher said. “I want to work on moving up with the offense to make some plays.”
The Wolf junior has spent much of his life on the pitch, following in the footsteps of older brother Nathan, a former CHS star himself.
“I’ve played soccer for about eight years and I started because my brother played soccer and I wanted to be like him,” Kircher said. “I enjoy the play making in soccer; it’s amazing when a play comes together.”
The two Kirchers eventually played together at CHS, one of the high points of Tanner’s soccer career.
With mom Dawn Brock claiming her status as one of the loudest ‘n proudest of any soccer mom in the land, it was a full-on family celebration.
“My brother has made a huge difference in my life,” Kircher said. “If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be playing soccer.”
Away from the game, he enjoys woodworking, while, on the field, he wants to help the Wolves nab a district playoff berth.
Soccer is Kircher’s only official school sport, but he’s game for just about any sport you can offer him.
“I don’t play any other school sports but I like to play anything that is physical.”