BISMARCK, N.D. - During his time at Mandan High School, Evan Arenz played soccer, football, basketball, and baseball. On May 14th, Arenz achieved something most baseball players can only dream about — Arenz pitched a perfect game.
Evan, " My adrenaline was going pretty fast in about the fourth inning when I realized I looked up at the scoreboard and I saw no hits and I'm thinking I didn't walk anybody either I didn't think and I started thinking about it a lot and I went back in the dugout I just said to myself, 'you can do this.'"
Out of all the sports. "I was pretty set on baseball," said Arnez.
But over the last two football seasons, Arenz has showcased the accuracy and power to kick at the collegiate football level. Deciding which sport to play in college became one of the toughest decisions he's ever had to make.
"Okay, I think I can go to a pretty decent school for kicking, and lots of talking with my dad lots of thinking you know baseball, football, which one am I going to miss more, and I think either one I would have been disappointed that I'm not doing that sport," said Arnez.
When it was time to make a decision, Evan chose football. Arenz will kick at UND. Evan says playing all sports requires a certain amount of mental toughness but being a kicker takes a unique kind of toughness.
"Kicking, I think, is right up there. You know you get one kick you get one chance you don't get the redo. Looking through the uprights you know there is sometimes a voice in my head: 'if I miss the kick' before saying like you can't do this like those uprights are pretty close together you can't make this and you got to be super focused. Your technique has to be almost perfect to kick that ball right and obviously the hold has to be really good," said
When Arenz graduated last weekend,
"Oh man that was the most nerve wracking things I've ever done in my life," said Arnez.
The rest of his senior class voted him to give a speech at the graduation ceremony. No amount of trips to the mound or kicks on the gridiron could have prepared him for addressing two thousand people. But just like he did throughout his high school athletic career, Evan delivered.
This time it was a message the class of 2019 will always remember.
"I could feel the sweat dripping down my body and once I got up there I kind of talked about just having a good character throughout your life and that's going to get you farther than having all the knowledge in the world is working hard," said Arnez.