Hoping to follow in the footsteps of another Union graduate, Joe Lasky has signed to play football for McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.
Lasky, a three-sport standout in Union, will play offensive line for the Bearcats. Union graduate Matt Rahl has recently joined McKendree’s coaching staff following a stint as assistant coach with the University of Wyoming.
“They’ve just made the move to NCAA Division II,” said Lasky. “It’s great I get to play for Coach Rahl. He’s another Union High School graduate. It helped with the recruiting process.”
Lasky said he’s going to have to add weight to play offensive line.
“I’ve got to bulk up quite a bit,” Lasky said. “That’s where they need help, so that’s where I’m going to play.”
Lasky said his favorite position is defensive end, but he’ll do what’s best for the program and right now, that’s offensive line.
At McKendree, Lasky intends to study exercise science. “One day, I hope to coach college football,” he said. “I’m trying to follow the same path as Coach Rahl.”
Lasky made his mark in many areas at Union. With the football Wildcats, Lasky was a regular on the offensive and defensive lines.
Lasky was a Missourian first-team All-Area selection on the offensive and defensive lines during the 2013 season.
Defensively, he recorded 46 solo tackles, eight assists and nine tackles for loss during his senior season. He added seven sacks and one fumble recovery.
“Football has been my favorite sport,” Lasky said. “I just started wrestling a couple of years ago. It’s fun, but football’s always where my heart has been.”
During the wrestling season, Lasky placed sixth at 220 pounds in the Class 3 state tournament, going 32-10 during his season.
It was a better finish than his junior year, when Joe qualified for the state tournament, but broke his ankle during the state meet.
“They do have a pretty good wrestling program,” Lasky said. “I’m trying to get into it, but it’s going to be tough.”
In track, Lasky has been a fixture in the throwing events for the Wildcats.
“I loved every football game here, win or loss,” Lasky said. “I just loved playing here. We had a great group of guys here. All of the memories were good. Triple overtime (against Priory) was crazy and beating Borgia is always good.”
Lasky said hard work is vital for being able to move onto the next level.
“You’ve just got to keep on working through high school,” Lasky said. “Just put everything into it you can. If you do that, it will work out.”