Relay for Life
Alumni Interviews--Where Are They Now?
Caleb Gesling Interview
April 29, 2011By Samantha Parsons of Centralia High School Activities
No matter where a person searches, it’s hard to find a high school athlete dedicated enough to play three high school sports, let alone someone who’s skilled enough to letter in all three. Caleb Gesling-- a football left tackle, basketball post, and baseball pitcher/ outfielder--is one of few three-sport athletes in Centralia. The 6’ 3” senior has much potential to play at the next level, but with no word of college actions, I sat down with him to discuss plans for the future.
SP: What is like being a three-sport athlete?
CG: I don’t know any difference, it’s just what I’ve always done.
SP: What is your favorite sport of the three?
CG: Football. I get to hit people. To be good you have to trust the guys you’re out there with and most of all because the coaches believed in me in that sport the most. Like Mr. Newsted. I was a mediocre quarterback that moved to tight end who ended up moving to offensive tackle and he thought I could earn all-conference with having little experience in the position.
SP: What’s the most challenging sport of the three?
CG: Baseball mainly because I’m not very good at it.
SP:Do you ever want a break from sports?
CG: Not really. Like in between sport seasons I like that I have a week between but I really come back early because it’s what I know.
SP: Why did you choose to play three sports?
CG: I thought it’d be pretty neat. It’s really just what I’ve done since I was a kid.
SP: Who is your inspiration?
CG: I don’t know. Probably my father and my brother. It’s expected to look up to them.
SP: Do you want to play sports in college?
CG: Yes, if possible. I’d like to play football. But I don’t know where. I’m undecided still.
SP: What do you want to major in?
CG: Culinary arts because I like to eat a lot.
SP: Where do you see yourself in five years?
CG: On a boat. Haha just kidding...I don’t really know. Hopefully running a restaurant somewhere.
SP: You earned the Lifter of the Year award. How did that feel?
CG: I was very surprised that I got the award, and I felt honored. I worked hard to get it though. I lifted hard two times a day for three hours.
SP: What is your favorite memory from your seven seasons of sports?
CG: Last year’s basketball season. I was the only guy able to calm Aaron Kroeger down on the bench when he got really mad.
After sitting down with Caleb and discussing his future and his accomplishments, it was easy to see how much he loved playing all four years of high school and how uneasy he is about the future- the great unknown. However, everyone who knows Caleb knows that he will continue on after graduation and after college to do great things with his talents.