"Chase a Senior Standout? He's the 'Birdman,' says Simms Senior Erik Pschernig. "He's gotta be a standout when you have a name like that."
Well when you put it that way, why not? Because "The Birdman" is an appropriate nickname for someone who can fly like Power's Chase Rossmiller. The Senior enters the state Track & Field meet as the two-time defending Northern C High Jump Champion. His PR is 6'2".
"It's pretty special," says Power Track & Field head coach Darrell Laubach. "You got a kid like Chase, you can try to manufacture points in other areas. And you got a kid like Chase who's going to get you quite a few points."
But as good as Chase is at flying, his favorite sport is something a little bit more grounded. Chase was a two-time All-State Football selection and will continue his career at Presentation College in South Dakota.
"Playing College Football is a huge accomplishment for me," says Rossmiller. "It's something I've wanted to do since probably elementary school. To get the chance to do it, and do it with a couple of my best friends is a pretty good feeling. It's all coming together and with High School Sports ending, it's a new chapter in my life."
"It's awesome," says Laubach. "It's a great experience for him and the community to see a kid go on to the next level."
But as competitive as Chase can be, he's also the best ambassador of sportsmanship for all three of the sports he plays.
"Whatever sports we're in, whether he cheap shots me in Football or punches me in the eye in Basketball, whatever it may be," Pschernig, who is one of Chase's best friends, jokingly said. "He's always the first one there to give me a hug. Win or Lose."
It's a winning attitude that the Birdman will take with him when he flies to the next level of his Athletic Career.