It is a tremendous honor to be named a captain of a varsity program at Catholic Central, and we wanted to take some time to check in with our ski captains with some Q&A...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
Caden Kapilla '21- It is a small team and I am one of the few seniors, so I was thankful that I was chosen.
Luke Tomaszek '21- My first reaction was excitement. I was extremely humbled to be selected as a captain. Later, I reflected on how previous captains had made an impact on me and I hope to do the same.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
CK - As a captain I’m not better or more privileged than anyone else, but we are given a responsibility to do more to help the team in anyway possible. I feel as a captain we are supposed to help bring everyone together and help everyone be friendly with one another.
LT - As a captain, the additional responsibility I felt towards my team was to be a leader with my words and actions. Having had the benefit of learning from prior captains, I wanted to set a similar example of being a man of Catholic Central, specifically towards the underclassmen and making sure everyone felt part of the team.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
CK - I feel every memory is important, whether good or bad, because we learn from those experiences. One of my most fond memories of competing for Catholic Central is actually on a day I was not competing. Every year there is a JV race in which the entire team gets the day off school and we get to go out and support all of the JV racers.
LT - My best memories of competing for CC are representing the school in every competition and building a bond with my brothers through competing.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through competing at Catholic Central?
CK - One of the most important lessons I have learned through competing at Catholic central is to take every race/competition whether the results are good or bad and learn from that experience. Do not dwell on our failures, but always try to do better the next time.
LT- The most important lessons that I have learned through competing at CC are that winning does not come easy and that it requires hard work, dedication, and resilience.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
CK - The advice that I would give to any student considering attending Catholic Central is to do it! The experience and the ways we are taught are unlike any other school.
LT - The advice I would give to a prospective student is to do it! CC is a challenging school both academically and athletically but the experience is worth it. The brotherhood is special and the experiences at CC are one of a kind.
Coach Tom Gable had some praise for his captains, as well.
"Your Team Captains are your leaders. Caden & Luke showed the commitment it takes to hard work, involvement & setting both personal & Team goals," Coach Gable said. "I could always count on their being there to help; giving their best at all times in training, on race day, organizing & encouraging teammates. These two put into action the true meaning of leadership."
Thank you to Caden and Luke for taking some time to share with us!
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.