By Katlyn LaPorte
November’s Tiger of the month is senior soccer player Josh Lechman.
Lechman was born on Sept 30, 1998 to his parents Rene and Jeromy Rivas. He has two older siblings, a brother Jessey and sister Hayley, and a little brother Jeromy Rivas Junior. The family has three dogs and a chinchilla.
Lechman has been playing soccer since he can remember starting at around five years old. He has played varsity all four years of high school. He plays left midfield.
“The best parts of soccer are the feeling before the sounds of the whistle on the pitch, and the feeling of scoring goals is pretty good as well.” said Lechman. “The worst part of soccer is trying to get people together to be able to play year round.”
“Soccer is year round for me so I don’t play any other sport competitively,” said Lechman. “My favorite memory from soccer is being this year’s regional champs.”
“I want to give a shout out to Dustin Quint for being a close teammate but a closer friend,” said Lechman.
Regarding this season, Lechman said, “I am proud of all my teammates. It is not what we hoped for but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
He achieved his goal of having three or more headers in his high school career.
“I am considering playing soccer at the collegiate level but it would most likely be for a two year school. I want to go to college at CSU but will first go to NJC to get my prerequisites,” said Lechman.
Lechman is able to maintain a 3.5 GPA along with playing soccer. He excels at math. His favorite thing to do is play sports. His favorite food is any kind of Mexican food. His favorite holiday is Christmas.
His favorite quote is “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid,” by Albert Einstein.
In the future Lechman sees himself training to be a veterinarian at a veterinarian school or clinic.
“My advice to underclassmen is to just make sure you have at least an idea of what your plan is for your future because high school goes faster than you think,” said Lechman.