Meet the 'Jackets: Tanner Wittrock

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon senior Tanner Wittrock (above) is expected to be the starting goalkeeper this season for the Lebanon High School boys’ soccer team.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Lebanon senior Tanner Wittrock has waited three years for his opportunity with the LHS soccer team, and this fall, all eyes will be on him as the new starting goalkeeper for the ‘Jackets.

Wittrock replaces former standout Kaleb Hooper, who had manned the box the past two seasons for head coach Matt Jernigan.

Jernigan had high praise for Wittrock and the effort he has put into becoming a successful keeper this season.

“He has been looking good this week during our first week of practices, but when it comes to game situations, he doesn’t have a ton of varsity experience, and that will be a tough spot, but we think he is going to step up and do well,” he said. “We have had good keepers here for a long time now, so we are hoping he can continue that tradition.”

The boys’ soccer team will open their season up with a home tournament on Friday, August 24, with Dixon, Fair Grove, Osage, Sullivan and West Plains competing in the tournament.
The Laclede County Record caught up with Wittrock to talk about the upcoming soccer season.

LCR — Talk about what your strengths are on the soccer field.

Wittrock — Personally,  I think my strengths include showing as much leadership as I can in goal. I try to tell all of my teammates from the forwards all the way to the defenders if I see a defender or two on their back, or if I see a wide open man that could push play upfield and could score.

LCR — What are some things you’ve worked on in the offseason to prepare for this season?

Wittrock — In the offseason I did goalkeeper training with my older brother, Tyler, who is now with Evangel as a goalkeeper, and I also did some technical stuff with Christian Richards who is now a midfielder/defender at a DIII college, and I also did some running by myself to prepare for this season.

LCR — Who has been the most significant influence on your soccer career?

Wittrock — The most significant influence on my soccer career would have to be the coaches that have made me the player and person that I am now. The way that they run this program is phenomenal, and they don’t only care about your skill as a soccer player but they care about your future as a human being and I think that’s great.

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