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BOTKINS — No matter what it might be, competitiveness has fueled Botkins High School junior Ethan Zimpfer to plenty of success whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic field.
Zimpfer is the son of Deb and Joe Zimpfer.
“He is the kind of person that gives 100 percent all of the time,” his father said. He is a very good athlete and he loves to win.”
Zimpfer was the team’s leading scorer on the basketball team last season and is now in the early part of his final season this year. He has helped the team fight its way back to respectability, as they are 3-3 so far against a solid schedule. The school has not enjoyed a .500 or better record for a few years. However, they showed some glimpses of being a much improved team toward the end of the season last year. In the sectional tournament, they pulled off an upset against the Jackson Center Tigers and nearly pulled off another one against the Sidney Lehman Cavaliers.
Zimpfer said the win over Jackson Center was probably the highlight so far of his high school athletic career.
While he will earn his third letter in basketball this year, Zimpfer stood out the most on the soccer field.
Zimpfer was the top player on the team and led them to a 13-3-2 record this past fall. His 59 career goals is a school record and he lettered all four years. Zimpfer played baseball his junior year and earned a letter.
Despite the time Zimpfer spent on working on his athletics, he has proved to be just as competitive in the classroom.
He currently holds a 3.24 GPA. He plans on taking his talents to Division III school Wilmington College where he will play soccer and study to be an athletic trainer. He would like to come back to the area if possible.
“I would love to come back to the area,” Zimpfer said. “But you never know.”
Zimpfer is also in the school choir and participated in the school musical, in which he played the Tin Man in the school’s rendition of “The Wizard of Oz.”
He said he feels his career in Botkins has prepared him well for college.
“I’ve always thought Botkins was a great school,” Zimpfer said. “It is a small school and it gave us a chance to get close with the teachers. It has given me a better learning experience.”
Zimpfer pointed out Lynn Pleiman, Andy Rammel and Jason Liette as teachers that have stood out to him in his academic career.
Ethan’s father agreed that Ethan, his youngest of four sons, has done a good job preparing himself for the next step.
“Being in a small town like Botkins has helped out,” his father said. “He has done a very good job preparing himself for college.”