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By Chase Lynn, Dubuque Senior junior
DUBUQUE – The Senior class of 2013 was full of talent when it came to athletics and a handful of these elite athletes will continue down their successful paths to their future schools for their sport.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play football in college,” said Mitch Duve, who will be attending Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.
“I’m excited to learn a new system but at the same time I am pretty nervous,” said basketball player Josh Weeber, who will be attending the University of Upper Iowa located in Fayette.
“I am very excited for all the new opportunities that will be presented,” said swimmer Autumn Roepsch. She will be attending University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
These athletes were givien only four years at DSHS to leave their mark and that’s exactly what they did. Weeber lead the boys’ basketball team to back-to-back state tournaments. This year the Rams took third at the state tournament and Weeber became the all-time leading scorer for the Rams with 1,355 points in his career.
Duve helped the Rams football team reach the playoffs for the first time in several years and finish with a 7-3 record. According to www.quickstatsiowa.com, Duve had 22 tackles for the Rams defense this season.
Nothing is given to these athletes. Being a college athlete means working hard all year round so they can be at their best during their respective season.
“I’m in the gym seven days a week lifting and doing agility drills,” Duve said.
Roepsch continues to compete so she stays in top shape.
“I will be swimming DASH this summer and doing some championship meets,” she said.
It’s not only hard adjusting from high school to college life and academics, but athletes also have to adjust to a much more elite level of competition.
“It is going to be a lot tougher than high school basketball,” Weeber said. “People are going to win so much more.”
“I’ve got some big shoes to fill, it’s a new level of competition and is much more fast paced compared (to high school),” said Duve who will be joining an elite NCJAA football program.
The success of these athletes also produced several memories they believe they will never forget.
“My favorite memory was when the 200 free relay broke the conference record,” Roepsch said. “We all showed up and did something most teams can say they never did.”
As these athletes hope to become big names in their future athletic endeavors at their new schools, they will miss the relationships they formed with teammates and coaches and the support from students they received at DSHS.
“I’m going to miss the team we had this year and the brotherhood we all formed,” Duve said.
“I will miss everything about playing for Senior,” Weeber said. “The atmosphere, the people and especially my teammates. It was a very special place to play for four years.”
Other seniors athletes playing in college: