Bocklet kicks off into his high school career


Maureen Gambogi

Freshman Ryan Bocklet after North Penn football team’s win against Truman.

Tackling every obstacle that comes his way, Ryan Bocklet is a multisport athlete that is dedicated to both of his teams. It is very rare for a high school student to be playing two sports during the same season which makes Bocklet’s journey so remarkable. 

Ryan Bocklet is a freshman filling in for North Penn’s kicker while also playing for the school’s soccer team. Playing two sports gives Ryan Bocklet a very hectic schedule. Bocklet starts each day at Pennfield Middle School. Depending on the day of the week, Bocklet then goes to either soccer or football practice at North Penn High School. During the weekends, he likes to catch up with his friends and enjoy a normal life as a teenager. With kicking up to 45 yards in football practice, Ryan Bocklet is becoming more comfortable and confident with his efficiency on the field. Bocklet likes to put in the work and get better as a player in both sports so that one day he can eventually go to college and continue his athletic and academic career.

“It was a lot to take in with lots of nerves beforehand. I was really nervous for the first kick, but after that I’ve been getting into the groove and I don’t get as nervous anymore,” Bocklet admitted. 

With all the sports Ryan Bocklet has played throughout his life, soccer has always been his main priority. He has been playing for as long as he can remember. Bocklet plays center back on the soccer field which makes it easier to go up against his opponents that are a couple years older than him on the football field. Bocklet has been progressively building up his eye-to-foot coordination throughout the years which is an important factor in both sports.

“The aspect of being on the football team after playing soccer for so many years is just different and I think change is good,” Bocklet revealed. 

With no football experience prior to this season, Bocklet stepped onto the field for his first game with lots of nerves. Now that he has been playing more, he likes the competitive aspect and spotlight that football gives him. Bocklet thinks it is unbelievable that people are already getting to know his name as a freshman. With the way that Bocklet has been playing, he feels that he has overcome the underdog title and fits in with the rest of the team. 

“My first time that I put on pads was the day before the home opener this year which was very hectic, but it has been a lot of fun and I am glad that I have been able to do it,” Bocklet said. 

Being on both teams has made hanging out with his friends and meeting new people easier. Bocklet is finding a way to start his freshman year in the middle school with good grades and looks forward to moving up to the high school next year. Bocklet’s determination and focus in school passes down onto his performance on both fields. 

“All the kids on both teams are really nice…I’ve made lots of new friends and met new people. It gives me more things to talk about when I meet with people and it makes hanging out with friends more enjoyable because I don’t get to do it as often,” Bocklet expressed.

Bocklet plans to do lots of running and lifting in preparation for next season. He is looking forward to doing well in the playoffs for football and will continue to excel with his passion in soccer. Great things are on their way for Bocklet and only time will tell the amount of accomplishments he will achieve in the upcoming years.