Jake Recker | Staff Writer for The Mount
He can be seen riding the bus to cross country meets, washing the wrestling mats, and painting the soccer field. He religiously follows Mount Michael sports during every season and is at almost every sporting event with the teams. However, he does not play a single sport. Instead, senior Will Watson has been a team manager for several sports teams since the winter of his freshman year.
“I enjoyed being the manager for the wrestling team but I didn't think I would end up managing again so I was surprised the following fall when Mr. Gathje asked me to be the cross country manager,” Watson said. Watson’s sophomore year athletics became his work study so it was not a hard decision to manage for multiple sports teams. That year, he managed wrestling and cross country. By his junior year he added soccer to his repertoire and his senior year he filmed football and basketball games on top of his other duties for the athletic department. Over his years at Mount Michael, Watson has become a valuable asset to the athletics of the school. The countless time spent by Watson has made life so much easier for both athletes and coaches. He also hopes his legacy will open the way for other less-athletic students to stay involved in the sports program. “Being a manager has helped me to learn patience, leadership, and a sense of dedication,” Watson said. “It has also shaped me into a more rounded person because it has given me more insight to different aspects of sports as well as a way to feel like I am a part of each sports team.” Looking to the future, Watson would even consider managing for a team in college. He would be able to continue doing something he has grown to love.