High school basketball season is still a few months away, but a senior at Northland Lutheran High School is using soccer to get ready. Tim Venus is a captain on the school's co-ed soccer team and he's our Newsline 9 Athlete of the Week.
"He's readily admitted that when he plays soccer, it's not his first love," Northland Lutheran head coach Luke Krueger said. "But he's doing fantastic."
Venus has played soccer since he was five. Today, he's on Northland Lutheran's co-ed team, one of just four seniors.
"There's a little more pressure to know that I have to perform, but I like it," Venus said. "Definitely making sure that every game, I'm giving it my all, because I know it's my last run."
Krueger says there's only one word to describe Venus.
He's relentless on the field. He doesn't stop, he's got that motor that keeps going and going," Krueger said."
It's Venus's last season on the pitch, competitively as his main focus is on basketball season. He's hoping he'll be good enough to play in college at either UW-La Crosse or UW-Stevens Point.
"Definitely conditioning going into basketball season is a big part," Venus said. "My hand foot coordination is obviously developing pretty good."
Soccer won't be the first sport he's given up to play hoops.
"Played hockey until third grade, quit hockey to play basketball," Venus said. "I was crying but it is my favorite sport. Soccer is my second favorite."
Venus's coaches say he's a natural athlete and they're not surprised that a basketball player is being a leader on the field.
Tim Venus -- your Newsline 9 Athlete of the Week.