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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Thomas Geocaris, Notre Dame soccer, hockey and track and field

Name: Thomas Geocaris

Parents: Nikki and Tim Geocaris

Activities: Soccer, hockey and track and field

Instagram: @tom.geo03

What was your role on the Triton soccer team?

“I played center midfield, whether it was offensive or defensive. I ran our midfield. I went wherever the coach needed me to go or wherever the team needed success, that’s where I played.”

How did you get started in soccer?

“It started with my dad playing soccer, and then he passed it on to my brother and I. When I was about three years old, I started playing soccer in our front yard and back yard. He always kept pushing me to keep pursuing soccer. As I got older in my youth, he started coaching me and we got a really good team together called Allouez Stampede. He formed that club soccer team. I continued to grow in my soccer career, and my brother was also a huge impact on that. He pushed me to keep going with soccer, and then in high school, he was a senior when I was a freshman. We practiced together, and now after high school, I’ll be playing at Ripon College. Soccer is pretty much my life.”

Why was Ripon the right fit for you?

“Pretty much how it went was the coach contacted me and I knew a lot about the school with my brother going there. I really liked the campus, the schooling and all that. A bigger piece to it was that my brother was there, and that’s what really pushed me to go there. I had a lot of other coaches contacting me to go to their schools, but the driving factor was definitely my brother being there. I’ve never been able to play a full game with Timmy, and that’s something that a lot of people never get the chance to do.”

It’s been a month since Notre Dame won a state title. Has it sunk in?

“No. Honestly, the feeling of winning is still so enjoyable, it’s hard to explain. To carry on with the season ending, it wound up being my last year playing competitive hockey, the feeling of doing everything and finally achieving a goal is something special. Now that it’s over, it’s super sad and all that, but knowing that you did everything you could and ended up winning the gold is something that I’ll never forget and I’m super grateful for the opportunity to finally win state.”

Is the weather in track and field a factor in your performances?

“That’s a good question, because I was asking myself that the other day when our meet was in 30 degree weather. It impacts you and changes your mentality on how you approach your event. If it’s super cold, you have to buckle down and get into the mindset that yeah, it’s going to be cold, but you gotta warm up and when you’re warm, stay warm for as long as possible. And when you hit the track, take your sweats off and go as fast as you can. It’s the mentality that when you’re super cold, the faster you get done, the warmer you will be after because you can put your stuff back on. You better run fast.”

Where is the favorite place to go out to eat after a game or meet?

“Honestly, for soccer, it was hit and miss after every game. Sometimes it would be Chipotle, sometimes it would be Chick-fil-A, sometimes Culver’s right across from school. For hockey, after every away game, we would go to Culver’s. For track and field, a majority of the team goes to Culver’s right next to school because that’s where we get dropped off for the bus. So I would say that Culver’s is a pretty big hot spot.”

Who is on top of your music playlist right now?

“Adele, she’s probably number one up there. And then the rapper Sleepy Hollow because he’s got this upbeat music and that dials me in for games.”

What is a favorite television show you watched recently?

“Recently, I think probably The Walking Dead. I’ve probably watched that whole thing five times and I continue to watch it. It’s just a great show.”

What are a couple of your hobbies?

“Anything outdoors, so I’ve been really into fishing lately down on the Fox River. Boating, bicycling, just hanging out with friends. Having downtime with my family is super important too.”

What’s been biting recently?

“The last time I went, we were going for walleyes. We were just using little Rapalas and they were biting super hard.”

Do you have any pets?

“I’ve got two dogs, two German Shepherds, Sailor and Captain.”

What is a favorite place you’ve traveled to?

“Throughout high school, I’ve been busy with sports, so I haven’t traveled a lot. For spring break every year, my family makes the trip down to Florida. My favorite place has to be Destin.”

What will your academics look like at Ripon?

“As of right now, I’m most likely going to go into the major of exercise science and go down the road of pre-physical therapy. If that doesn’t work out, I’m going to go with a biology major and go from there, do biology with exercise science attached to it.”

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