Mark Carling has been a scholar athlete for the majority of his life. Playing 1 year of freshman football, 3 years of varsity football, 2 years of JV basketball, 2 ½ years of varsity baseball, 1 ½ on JV baseball, 1 year of JV track, and lastly 1 year of varsity track. With only 1 game left in his high school football career against San Lorenzo Valley’s rival Scotts Valley he is hoping to go out with a bang. Carling says “I have had a lot of different experiences in this sport, but particularly this year I think the most interesting thing for me was coming off of injury and being able to stay healthy for the season. I have also been dealt a leadership role that I have not had before so that was really different but it made me grow as an overall person.” He not only excels on the field but off too. This has been a really challenging season says Carling “ This season has been a tough one both mentally and physically. We have all grown together and are all so close, it’s something really special.”
This season has had some challenges but also breaks as far skill level goes. Carling says “The easiest game of the year for the team was against Balboa. We prepared and executed everything correctly. The toughest would have to be the Fremont game because it was really hot and they were a really solid team”. Carling has a lot of heart for his team and the sport itself he gives everything he has every single play, and leaves it all on the field in the end. Carling being the type of role model he is will hopefully bring his team up to overcome Scotts Valley in his final High school game of his career.
After high school Carling plans on attending Cal Poly to play football and possibly baseball. If Carling plans on going into business.
by Collin Manley