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Hillcrest Lutheran Academy standout athlete Thomas Zweirs is a talented playmaker capable of influencing the tide of a game. While a touch stoic in person Zweirs roars to life on the playing field.

Parents: Patti and John Zweirs

Sport(s): Football, basketball, track and field.

Plans after graduation: Undecided, possibly play football.

Field of study: Engineering.

Hobbies: Hunting and fishing.

Q: How did your senior and last year of homecoming week at Hillcrest go?

A: It was a lot of fun, especially being more involved as a senior rather than when I was younger and not as much.

Q: What do you do pregame to prepare yourself mentally?

A: I remind myself that it’s a game that — because I’m super competitive — I want to win but the world won’t end if I lose. So mistakes matter in the scheme of the game but in the scheme of life it isn’t really going to affect a whole lot.

Q: What have you learned from sports?

A: How to work hard even when things aren’t easy and how to push through things that might be difficult.

Q: You recently suffered an ankle injury that sidelined you, what’s the hardest part about being injured?

A: Standing on the sidelines knowing that I could be helping my team a lot more if I was healthy and on the field.

Q: What advice do you have for young athletes?

A: Work hard and be coachable, your coaches have your best interest in mind and know what they’re talking about and care about you, and are wiser and know more than we do so they’re good people to listen to.

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