When Ross Stoffer takes the field, he’s always aware of the underclassmen who may be watching him.
“Just wanting to set a good example for them,” said Stoffer. “Not skipping anything, not taking anything for granted, because it could be gone whenever.”
Unfortunately, Stoffer knows that all too well. Towards the end of football season, the Raiders starting quarterback suffered a broken leg and two torn ligaments. It forced him to miss basketball season and tested his attitude, as well. He battled his way back through five months of rehab to start in right field for the baseball team.
“A lot of sore nights, and icing the ankle, and stretching and everything, but I was always motivated by the fact that I wanted to get back for baseball season, have a successful spring and finish my high school career out the right way.”
[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/iframe?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&page_count=5&pf_id=9626&show_title=1&va_id=4023464&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 type=iframe]
He’s doing just that on the field. As for the classroom, Stoffer has a 4.0 grade point average and is class valedictorian. He is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and band. He has volunteered for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the PAN Ohio Hope Ride, as well as volunteering at the Glen Ellen senior assisted living center.
“The competitor in me always wants to just do my best no matter what I’m doing whether it’s sports or in the classroom. It’s foreign to me to just slack off and not want to do my best.”
Ross plans to attend Ohio State, pursuing an engineering degree.
South Range senior Ross Stoffer, our Student Athlete of the Week.