Ethan Pike is going to keep playing soccer when his high-school days are done, and he won’t have to go far to do it.
Pike, a senior at Lafayette Christian School, has been offered a spot on the LaGrange College soccer team, and he has accepted.
Pike made it official during a ceremony at Lafayette Chistian School this week, with friends, family members and coaches there to share the moment with him.
Pike leaves behind quite a legacy at Lafayette Christian.
He helped the soccer program win back-to-back region championships, and the team made it to the second round of the GISA state tournament the past two seasons.
Pike was also a standout on the football team, and he helped the Cougars enjoy their finest season in school history last fall.
In soccer, Pike remembers days not too long ago when the Cougars were unable to even field a full team.
Now, the Lafayette Christian boys’ program is one of the state’s best.
“It took until the 11th grade just to make a team of 11 players,” Pike said. “We’ve been gaining a few more people every year. We’ve been watching all these other guys grow and develop, and they’ve been pushing me too, just as much as I’ve been pushing them to get better.”
Shannon Powell, who coaches the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams, said Pike has meant a lot to the program.
“I appreciate what you brought to our team. You’ve brought to the team a sense of pride, a sense of hard work, a skill that is very rare,” Powell told Pike. “To have you as my first graduate that’s going on to play college soccer, it’s a great honor. Hopefully it won’t be the last. You have really set the bar.”
Pike said a lot of people helped him reach this point, including his older brother, Jarred Pike.
“I always had to play with my brother, and he challenged me every time I played with him,” Pike said. “I always tried to beat him. Being four years younger than him, I never accepted defeat.”
Pike said he’s grateful that his brother, and everyone else close to him, will be able to watch him play for the next four years.
“It means a lot to me (to stay at home),” Pike said. “All of my coaches who have coached me in the past can come, my family can come, and all my teammates can come watch the games.”