Tahquitz High School’s picks represented football and ladies’ volleyball, respectively for the fall season
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
It isn’t easy being green. But some handle it better than others. It helps as well when they’re both mean and green, such as Tahquitz High School’s Kerrick Davis and Destin Koelsch.
Davis played football for the Titans in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was nominated to our MVP spotlight by head coach Damon Dustin.
“He’s just got a lot of raw skills; he actually was in the top ten in the state in tackles.” And that was just his first three games!
Dustin’s nomination was selected by Tahquitz’ Athletics Director Mike Sims and his team.
“I picked Kerrick Davis because he has been the constant competitor and hard worker on the field,” said Sims. “He has done that the past few years. It was a joy to watch him mature throughout the years. He deserves the accolades.”
Even after Davis suffered an injury this season, Dustin says Davis’ record didn’t suffer: “Obviously as a whole, the stats don’t lie.”
Davis says football has gone from a casual hobby to a way of life, thanks to his dad.
“It’s just something that I liked to do when I was younger; I never played, like, organized football until I actually got into high school,” said Davis. “My dad told me to do it and I was like, ‘OK, I guess.’ Because I was originally going to only play basketball.”
Being big when he was a freshman helped him along here: “I was always working out and stuff,” he said. Good thing his old man saw his potential!
Having helped lead the basketball team to the league championship and the third round of CIF last year, Davis plans to do it all over again!
Davis thanks his older sister for helping him along in his life, as his mother was often absent at home.
“When I was growing up, my mom wasn’t always around and stuff, so my older sister was like my second mom,” said Davis. “She was just always there doing stuff for me. And bought me stuff that I needed for the sport.”
After graduation, Davis plans to continue his football career at either Texas A&M or in California at San Diego State University. He’s open to anything that gives him time to come cheer on his Titans in future seasons!
Destin Koelsch was nominated for our MVP Spotlight by volleyball coach Jena Scripps, and approved by Sims and his team.
“I chose Destin Koelsch because she has been one of our best female athletes since her freshman year. She is a multi sport athlete while maintaining a high GPA every year,” according to Sims. “She gets it done in class and on the court and in the pool.”
Koelsch says she got into volleyball as a result of motherly advice.
“I was always, like, an aquatic person,” said Koelsch. “And I figured I could just try out a land sport and my mom suggested volleyball. So it’s just what I went with.”
But as far as her team’s win-loss record, she says “We don’t mention that.” Needless to say, there’s room for improvement. “Not so good.”
Koelsch currently plans on playing intramural sports in college, but as of yet is undecided on what school she will be attending. Upon graduating college, however, Koelsch plans to one day become an architect. Maybe she’ll design a new wing at Tahquitz one day! Sorry to the valley’s competing schools, but she’s loyal to her Titans. That and she believes Tahquitz is the most beautiful of all the Hemet schools.
Coach Scripps could not be reached for comment for this article. But her nomination alone speaks volumes about Koelsch’s commitment to the Titans!
There you are: Two lean, mean, green scoring machines. They’re still human, but they exhibit the kind of superhuman qualities we all should strive for.