Not content to only satisfy one of his interests during the fall sports season, Ethan Reece decided to go for both football and cross-country.
As a result, Reece managed to flourish in both. He was a staple as the Warriors’ kicker, even competing in a national competition for kickers, and led the Warriors’ boys cross-country team after posting consistently low times.
Reece made 24 of 28 point after attempts during the 2019 football season and was five for seven in field goal attempts. In his junior year, he went 29 for 31 in PATs and was 3 for 5 in field goal attempts. His kicking skills earned a spot at the Kicking World National Showcase in Austin, Texas along with 64 other athletes out of an initial field over over 1,200 kickers in 2019.
During the cross-country season as a junior, Reece earned a personal record in the three-mile and also finished fourth while competing in the Sierra Valley Conference Championships when he finished with a time of 16:48.0. He went on to compete at sub-sections and sections that year, and also competed at sub-sections his senior year.
Reece played a total of four sports for the Warriors, including soccer and baseball.
As a junior, Reece batted .266 in 23 games and had 17 hits, 18 runs and had 10 RBI with the Warriors’ baseball program. He also played his senior year before the COVID-19 shutdown stopped the season after six games.
When asked about a trait or highlight of Reece that stands out to him, Warrior varsity baseball head coach Jason Evans spoke of the outfielder/pitcher’s willingness to help out in a time of need.
“The first thing that comes to mind about Ethan is, when I first took over the program before the 2019 season, I had a bunch of equipment that I was going to bring and there was a lawnmower that I had purchased and I just needed somebody to help me get it out and so I sent out a group and it was pouring day and the weather was horrible and it wasn’t the kind of day where you wouldn’t get a lot of help,” Evans said. “Ethan was the first one that responded and said I’ll be there in five minutes. That told me what kind of kid I was getting.”
As part of the Warriors’ soccer team, Reece, a midfielder, helped earn two Sac-Joaquin Section titles and four SVC Championships.
He’ll join American River College’s football team this fall, as one of the Beavers’ newest members.
During the prep season with Reece juggling multiple roles, being fully available at the start of a season depended on if the Warriors made the playoffs in another sport Reece was involved in.
In Evans’ eyes, the addition of Reece was worth the wait.
“With him, we were always kind of waiting for him because he was a soccer player. You know you have something special coming, you just have to sit and wait for it. When he finally did get him, he was a big boost to the baseball program,” Evans said.