The Mirror is recognizing some highschool senior spring sports activities athletes who missed out on their ultimate scholastic seasons as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
You don’t want a medical examination to know that volleyball is within the blood in terms of the Welteroth household. Simply ask the youngest of Brian and Tina Welteroth’s 4 kids, Josh.
He had two sisters, Jess (2012) and Lindsay (2014), who starred at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, together with a brother, Collin (2016), who was additionally a standout for the Marauders. The Purple & Gold lineage didn’t cease there as a result of mother, Tina, was a standout for the Girl Marauders from 1979-1983. They didn’t have volleyball at Hollidaysburg when Brian attended, however he honed his expertise in native leagues round Blair County.
“It helped me rather a lot, taking part in with my siblings within the yard. It made up for not having any alternatives to play on a group in seventh and eighth grade,” mentioned Josh, a senior this 12 months at BG, who misplaced his ultimate marketing campaign with the Marauders due to the corona-virus pandemic.
Admitting he’s ultra-competitive, which his mom firmly agrees with, Josh mentioned it comes from inside, and never from a family crammed with volleyball stars, who earned a number of achievements from the Mid-State Volleyball League and the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Affiliation, together with the Altoona Mirror.
“I believe my competitiveness is simply one thing that comes from me,” he mentioned. “I’m so aggressive. It’s actually exhausting for me to let (even) little children win in something.”
A humorousness? Could possibly be, as a result of it actually began at dwelling within the Weltheroth’s yard.
“Collin, utilizing me for goal follow when he was spiking, actually improved my passing expertise,” Josh remembered.
Tina remembers a sport the boys invented that sounds just a little bit like renegade volleyball.
“They used to play what they referred to as loopy ball,” she mentioned. “It was with a full-size volleyball web. It was very energetic. It was a mix sport. If one might catch the ball on one bounce, they might get some extent. It made them tremendous athletic as a result of they performed it on daily basis.”
As a result of Collin was 4 years older, it was apparent that he had the benefit, however that didn’t make it any higher for Josh, who will play collegiately at Saint Vincent Faculty in Latrobe this fall.
“He was such a hard-head,” Tina laughed. ” He was so aggressive. Collin was 16 and he was 12. He was so aggressive and he couldn’t management that, however as he obtained older, he discovered to regulate it. By his junior 12 months (at BG), if he made a mistake, his teammates picked him up or he would choose them up.”
BG boys volleyball coach Branden McGarvey solely had Josh for one 12 months, however couldn’t say sufficient good issues about his graduating senior.
“He’s a kind of athletes the place you’ll be able to inform the sport comes naturally to him,” he mentioned. “I’ve had an amazing blessing understanding this household and watching Josh’s siblings play. It’s at all times good to have an athlete who comes from a volleyball background. This doesn’t at all times assure the athlete will comply with within the footsteps of the household, however that wasn’t the case for Josh.”
If there’s a pickup sport at dwelling, Josh admitted that he would choose Collin over his sisters and oldsters.
“He’s fast, versatile, sensible and tall,” Josh mentioned of his brother.
However that doesn’t imply he wouldn’t take recommendation from the others. Typically mother was on the bench teaching within the elementary leagues, or within the stands as sport supervisor at the highschool video games.
“Proper when the ball goes over the web, the one factor I can hear is my coach,” Josh mentioned. “When the play ends, I look over to my coach, after which to my dad and mom to see if they’ve any suggestions or say one thing that I did unsuitable so I don’t make the identical mistake once more.”
Josh, who will main in both engineering or enterprise administration this fall, is the primary to dole out credit score to his household, particularly Collin, in making him the standout he turned in his abbreviated time at BG.
“Watching (Collin) and his group do issues that I didn’t do, or do nicely, actually motivated me to follow these issues,” Josh mentioned. “I’ve improved at each side of the sport due to my household.”