PHILIPPI—Another Alderson Broaddus star athlete with ties to Grafton has once again won the Battlers’ Skirmy Award, given annually to both an outstanding male and female athlete at the university.
After former GHS wrestler Noah Hodges brought home the hardware back in April as the outstanding male freshman athlete, Zack Lake, whose father Rick graduated from Grafton High School in 1986, is this year’s senior male recipient for his stellar play on the Battlers’ football team.
Lake broke the record for AB’s career receiving touchdowns this past season, accounting for a total of 22 over the course of his four years there. He passed Cooper Shroeder (2013-2016), who previously held the record with 20. Lake broke the record with a touchdown against Bowie State on September 21st.
The Akron, Ohio native tallied 41 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns in his injury-plagued senior season as a Battler. But in all, Lake’s impressive career totals include 132 receptions, 1,988 receiving yards, and 22 touchdowns.
“I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, family, and friends for their great support at AB and throughout my entire life,” said Lake. “Alderson Broaddus is a great place filled with even greater people. My time here has been an amazing experience.”
Having attended a small high school in Summit County (Coventry High), Lake said that although he played football for the Comets, he hadn’t really thought about playing at the next level because he didn’t feel he had the size to play college football. At the time, he was more focused on wrestling and track. But an assistant at AB found his way to the school, waited on Lake to get finished with his prior engagements, and then talked with him for a few mins and invited him to tour the campus. After his visit to AB went better than he expected, he gave his pledge to become the newest member of the Battlers’ football team.
“I redshirted my first season and then started as a redshirt freshman my second season,” Lake explained. “From there I went on to start 44 straight games.”
As a freshman, he was a member of the 2016 GMAC championship football team that beat Kentucky Wesleyan by the score of 31-28. Lake caught a 28-yard touchdown pass to tie the score with the Panthers before the Battlers would kick the go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. The Battlers would finish 9-2 on the season and notched a win against Robert Morris, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team, along the way.
Although his time as an AB football player has come to an end, the Education major said that he could see himself continue playing at the next level, if the right opportunity presents itself.
“I want to take advantage of still being in shape,” Lake went on to say. “I’d like to continue playing somewhere or maybe even coach somewhere. I’m always setting new goals.”