Embarking on his junior year at Iola High School, Chase Regehr, 17, knows it’s going to be a year of juggling sports and academics with little else in between.
For his younger brother Cole, 14, you’d like to tell him to savor what little left there is of his carefree days, but it isn’t in the Regehr DNA to take it easy.
The boys are the sons of Shellie and Brian Regehr.
Between work and sports, the boys had a chock-full summer, so much so they couldn’t find time to take a family vacation.
Chase was kept busy working full time for the Allen County Conservation District. Duties included surveying ponds, terraces and waterways. It’s helped convince him he wants to study agriculture land use in college.
Together with friend Ben Cooper, Chase and Cole operate a lawn-mowing business, aptly named BCC. They currently maintain eight lawns.
“We’ve liked the rain this summer,” said Cole.
The brothers also help their dad and Uncle Dave on the family farm north of town where they are adept at maneuvering massive tractors, combines and cattle.
Of course it hasn’t been all work and no play.
“We played summer league basketball,” said Cole.
“And I attended football camp,” added Chase.
School sports, in fact, are a big reason the boys aren’t exactly dreading the return to school.
Chase is signed up to play Mustang football, position linebacker.
“I’ve been playing since I was in third grade, flag football,” he said. This summer he faithfully attended conditioning workouts at 7 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the high school gym.
Cole will be running cross-country, a switch from football. At this summer’s Charley Melvin run he ran the 5K in 23 minutes, 57 seconds, and that’s with the gun sounding at 12:26 a.m.
Chase’s time was 21:01.
Team practices for both Cole and Chase begin Monday night.
COLE has his sights on taking geometry, history, agriculture, English, computer applications and choir his freshman year.
He’s taking the transition from middle school to high school in stride, shrugging off any hints of anxiousness.
Chase is gearing up for college entrance exams and will have physics, ag mechanics, English, Spanish II, American government and consumer education to look forward to. For the second year now he’s also enrolled at Allen Community College where he’ll take college algebra and trigonometry and psychology.
Both boys are “straight A” students, said their mother, Shellie. She works as an attendant secretary at the high school.
The boys also are involved in school and church activities. Both are their respective class representatives in Student Council. Chase is also an officer with FFA and Cole is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Youth group activities through Wesley United Methodist Church are an additional outlet.
Friends, sports and studies. Sounds like an auspicious combination for the school year.