Jacob Louden stands as Gull Lake’s unsung hero

Last year late in the soccer season, and the experienced Gull Lake team needed a spark. It pulled up freshman Jacob Louden.

This year early in the basketball season, and the veteran Gull Lake team needed a boost, it pulled up sophomore Jacob Louden.

Sophomore Jacob Louden is a key part on two varsity teams and was a major component in the junior varsity baseball team this past spring.

What’s behind Louden’s success? Humility. Although very quiet, his teammates are on record, calling him humble and hardworking, which has earned him the nickname “workhorse.”

“He’s a beast. If I had to play against him, I’d go running the other way,” said senior soccer teammate Conner Barnes.

Jacob Louden drives to the rack against Mattawan. Photo by Parker Feraco.

Barnes is referring to Louden’s intimidating physique on the soccer field.

“I would turn around to try to steal the ball and [Louden] would somehow already be there,” said senior soccer player Alec Ambrosio. “It’s was like he teleported.”

Outside of his tremendous sophomore soccer season, which earned him All District and All Conference Honorable Mention honors, Louden made an immediate impact on the varsity basketball team this season.

“As soon as he got called up to varsity, he stood out because of how hard he works,” senior Jacob Gleason said.

Jacob Louden is very gracious of the opportunities he’s been granted so far in his high school career.

“I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these teams, and I attribute it to my teammates,” Louden said.

Louden also said although he has quite a few seasons ahead in high school, he wants to treat them like they are his last.

“I try to play as hard as I can for my teammates, keeping in mind the seniors who don’t have as much time left as an underclassman does,” Louden said.

Jacob Louden dribbles the ball smoothly past defenders. Photo by Parker Feraco.

Jacob Louden said he looks forward to his years ahead playing soccer, basketball and baseball.

Miles Renwick

Miles Renwick

I am a senior at Gull Lake High School, and this is my first year on staff. I play varsity soccer and enjoy writing about sports. I am looking forward to a good year.

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