Lemp Duo Begins One Last Run on the Field


Pearson Georges

The Lemp brothers are gearing up for one last ride together.

Brothers Jack and Mike Lemp have begun their final year playing side by side on the soccer field.

“It’s awesome to share the field with Jack one last time before I go off to college and it’s awesome to be able to play a high school sport with him after growing up and playing sports with him all my life,” said senior Mike Lemp.

Mike and Jack make each other better on the field by competing every day. This high level of competition not only makes them better but also benefits the team as a whole.

“You know what you can expect from the brothers. If the older brother works hard, you know the younger brother will do the same because that is what is expected and that is how they play the game. They have competed with each other over the years it naturally spills over into the soccer field in practices and games,” said returning varsity coach Dan Legters.

Jack does not take this opportunity for granted and has cherished every moment he has shared with his brother on the Varsity field: “It’s been great, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with mike since not everyone gets to play with there brother. It’s an experience I will always remember.”

Both brothers play fullback, creating a strong wall of defense. However, this wall will be no more after the soccer season ends; Mike does not plan to continue his soccer career in college. He thinks he will be attending Saint Louis University for the next 4 years. Jack hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps as a star defender in the years to come.

“Jack will more than likely step into that leadership role that Mike will be leaving as he graduates, taking younger players and making them feel welcome while at the same time challenging his teammates to get better every day and work hard regardless of circumstances,” said Legters regarding Jack’s upcoming role on the team.

The duo shares a common goal for this year’s team. “Our goal from the beginning of the season is to win a district championship,” Mike and Jack shared. The team has started off strong toward this goal with a 5-3 record. They’ve gone 2-1 over the last three games, including wins over Lutheran North and Parkway North.

During the 2018-19 season, both Lemps scored 1 goal while Mike had an additional 2 assists. This season, Mike has started off strong with 1 goal and 1 assist while Jack hasn’t made an impact on the stat sheet yet but impacts the team by playing some of the most minutes.

The Wildcats play October 1st against Principia at 4:15 PM.