Somers’ Foster is TheSportsDept.com Male Athlete of the Year

Somers’ Kyle Foster has a long list of achievements as a Spartan.

He won back-to-back state titles on the soccer field.

He was a four-time All-Academic All-Star as a wrestler, and helped lead the team to its first ever state title back in 2010.

He was first-team All-State as a lacrosse player, and made it deep into the playoffs in 2012.

Key to this success was Foster’s hard work early in his career, as a youth sports athlete and in middle school. It all started with wrestling, and with one special coach.

“My wrestling coach, coach [Scott] Zachary, has been a family friend since I was little,” Foster said. “He got me into it in first grade and we have been working together ever since. We are very close, he’s my second father pretty much and he pushed me to my limits every year in wrestling.”

Success on the mat led Foster to find the same success in other sports at Somers, and Zachary was close behind helping Foster adjust.

“He knows every sport,” Foster said, “He gives me advice on sports life and school. I will definitely continue a relationship with him for the rest of my life.”

From wrestling, a tough individual sport with no dependence on team, Foster was able to develop a strong drive to succeed and work ethic.

“It’s different in wrestling,” Foster said. “You don’t have to rely on anybody else to do what you need to do. In order to be good at lacrosse you need good teammates. Just because I was all-state doesn’t mean I did everything. It’s different.”

The same holds true on the soccer field.

“We had a really close team both years,” Foster said of the 2010 and 2011 Class S state titles he won, “and I enjoyed every minute of it. We were really good, I only played half a game in both games. In 2010 we really had a strong defensive team, only allowed in one goal in the last minute of a game in the entire tournament. In the 2011 we just ran through it like it was nothing. We had such a good team that we beat Litchfield in the finals 7-1.”

With so much post-season experience as an underclassmen, Foster was able to easily transition to a leadership role as he got older.

“For soccer, I was always experienced in playoff games,” Foster said. “Other lacrosse players never experienced a quarterfinals, semifinals or finals game. They got nervous or anxious. I was more relaxed and could help them through it. You always have to prepare yourself more for those special games. Some people don’t realize how important it is to prepare well. If you don’t want it more than the other team, they’re going to take it from you.”

With a full trophy case and memories to last a lifetime, Foster now hopes to experience the same lucrative career as he begins college at Roger Williams University.

In Rhode Island, he will study criminal justice and wrestle for the storied D-III program.

“I look forward to it,” Foster said. “High school is in the past now, I did my thing, I lived high school, I’m looking forward to college. I had a pretty successful high school career, whether it be academics or sports, and I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life.”

Honorable mention: Alex Zachary, Fermi, Avery Boissy, Enfield, Zach Rollins, Stafford, Kevin Mocadlo, East Windsor.

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