Benjamin R. Ayres
Craig and Debra Ayres
Freshman letters, honors: Football, wrestling (most improved; conference, regional champion), baseball.
Sophomore letters, honors: Football, wrestling, baseball.
Junior letters, honors: Football (honorable mention all-conference punter/quarterback; most improved), wrestling (regional champion), baseball (first-team all-conference; academic all-district, all-conference; hit-man award, Golden Glove award).
Senior letters, honors: Football (academic all-conference, first-team all-conference quarterback, second-team all-conference punter, foundation builder, MVP), wrestling (regional, conference champion; all-academic; 100 wins).
Straight As; 3.99 GPA; academic all-conference; academic all-state.
Teacher's assistant; volunteer as a referee at the YMCA; work blood drives; guest spoke at the freshman orientation; work a 3-on-3 basketball tournament every year; volunteer at craft shows; work kids' carnivals; and work at the Port Edwards Fun Fest every summer to name a few services.
Attending UW Stevens Point. Hopes to play football or baseball. Hopes for career as accountant or athletic trainer.
Favorite sports memory:
One of my favorite memories was my sophomore year during a junior varsity football game. We had one loss going into the game and if we won this game versus Wild Rose, we would have the best junior varsity record in the conference. It was like our conference championship. It was a super close game and it had to be decided in multiple overtimes. It was sudden death and our defense held their offense at the goal line. We just needed to score, but our coach had to leave for his job. With no coach, I called the play and it scored the game winning touchdown.
Advice to an athlete:
My advice to any high school athlete would be that all the blood, sweat and tears pay off. The hard work and dedication you put into something is worth it. As long as you stay persistent and persevere you can achieve anything you want. Also, it isn't about the spotlight, but about being with your friends and doing something you love. Enjoy yourself and the time you have with your peers and build lasting memories and relationships. Last but not least, be humble and grateful to everyone who has helped you, especially your family.
The two biggest inspirations during my high school sports career are my brother and the doubters. My brother inspired me because he was with me through every single year up to my senior year. I had him to look up to and also to learn from. I never wanted to disappoint him in any game or event we performed in together. We always made it a competition of how good we did and it really helped me strive as an athlete. I was also inspired by doubters because they gave the extra drive to be great. Hearing people tell me that I am not good enough or too small made me want to get better. They drove me not chase, but catch my dreams while playing during high school.