Toyota High School Athlete of the Week: Jamesville-DeWitt's Ryan Archer
Jamesville-DeWitt is once again at the top of boys lacrosse.
Its best player is tough to miss.
That would be No. 9, Ryan Archer, making his head coach, one very proud father.
"Actually it's kind of special," J-D boys lacrosse head coach Jamie Archer explained. "I've obviously had him since he was yay big, working on skills all the way up and through. To be able to experience the success that he's had, and to be a part of it -- you can't be any prouder being his dad and being a part of it. I'll look back at this and it'll be a special moment for me."
"I mean, he's always been my coach throughout my whole life, so it's not really anything new," J-D senior attacker Ryan Archer said. "But he's definitely a little harder on me, tells me straight up more than other kids, and I need to take it for what it's worth and just listen to him."
The Red Rams are currently 8-1 overall, defeating their opponents by nearly eight goals per game. Archer has already got 58 points on the season, which combines not only goals, but also assists.
"It's my third year here, so I'm getting used to it more and more," Ryan Archer added. "I'm trying to be a little bit more unselfish, so looking for open guys."
"When you coach your son, sometimes they have a tendency to rebel and not listen to you as much," Jamie Archer said with a ton of seriousness. "But he gets it."
Exactly right, he gets it, much like the long list of J-D stars before him. Carrying the torch that Jordan Evans and Scott Firman once held, with the hope of winning yet another state championship.
"J-D is kind of like an honor and you have to carry the torch on from year to year," Ryan Archer said.
A promising future...
"I'm going to Hobart to play lacrosse and I am looking forward to it."
...for one of Central New York's brightest stars.