By Sue Moore
Vicksburg’s Tim Gearig will take his lacrosse talents to Alma College in the fall to play attack for the Scots team on an academic scholarship.
Not only is he a talented, speedy lacrosse player; he was a wide receiver for the Bulldogs football team last fall, playing injured for part of the season. That hasn’t affected his numbers as a scorer on the lacrosse team for the last three years. He has accounted for 154 total goals and plenty of assists.
Gearig’s 4.01 grade point average was the key to receiving the academic scholarship to Alma. But his participation in school activities is equally impressive. He is in the National Honor Society, and through that organization has volunteered with the high school wrestling program. He spends time helping Project Graduation with its canned goods drive and generally raising funds for the senior all-night trip on the day of graduation this June. He has helped with sorting clothes at Kids Closet and turns out to stuff backpacks at Generous Hands.
“I liked Alma for their good program in accounting as I hope to become a CPA,” Gearig said. “The coach contacted me so I visited the campus and liked what I saw, even the bagpipes playing in the distance.” Although lacrosse is his favorite sport, Gearig was stellar on offense last fall in football. He had 25 pass receptions, 321 yards gained and four touchdowns as a receiver. He was hurt in the first game of the season and had to sit out one game with a strained tendon in his calf. That didn’t stop him from playing nine games despite a strained quad.
He is the son of Chris and David Gearig and has a brother who plays on the Trine University lacrosse team. His younger brother, Sam, is the goalie on Vicksburg’s lacrosse team. “It’s fun playing a sport with my brothers. It has probably stopped some brotherly feuds as we usually got along just fine growing up,” he said.