MidWestOne Bank Scholar Athlete of the Month: Frisbie a Dependable Presence On and Off the Field for West High

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Ryan Murken

Your Prep Sports

IOWA CITY – During his varsity career Micah Frisbie has developed a reputation as a player his teammates can depend on to come up with big plays in the biggest moments.

As a sophomore last season Frisbie scored a pair of memorable overtime goals including the game-winner in a state quarterfinal victory over Ankeny Centennial.

This season Frisbie has built on that status as a dependable performer in the clutch with another game-winning overtime goal in a 2-1 win at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

“Being one of the few players on this team that has played varsity for a while it has definitely helped my confidence in those types of situations,” Frisbie said. “It’s good to know that my teammates trust me in those close games.”

While teammates depend on Frisbie to come through on the field long-time West High coach Brad Stiles points to the junior forwards’ dependability off the field as what makes him so valuable for the 3A second-ranked Trojans.

“He is definitely a great representative of our program and he’s someone that you trust with that,” Stiles explained. “He’s someone I depend on as a leader.”

How does Stiles depend on Frisbie?

In plenty of ways.

On the field Frisbie ranks second on the team with six goals and is tied for the team lead with three assists for a West High squad that is 10-1 and riding a 10-match winning streak.

Off the field Frisbie is a leader, a two-year starter and captain with a 3.5 GPA that has the respect of his peers and the trust of his coach.

“Today is a good example because I text the captains in the morning and I said ‘one of you three have to get rides for two guys to practice today’,” Stile said. “About an hour before that was supposed to happen two of the three text and said it won’t be us and so I called Micah and he already had them in the car with him.”

Scoring goals is the objective for any soccer player and Frisbie gained a reputation as a scorer a year ago with 10 goals as a sophomore.

This season Frisbie his taken his role as a leader to heart.

That expands past practice and matches to school where Frisbie enjoys his business and advanced placement classes.

He also tries to be a leader for his teammates away from school and practice.

“Coach Stiles always puts an emphasis on captains being leaders not only on the field but in school and out in our social lives,” Frisbie said. “I’ve definitely tried to keep my team accountable in school with our grades and on the soccer field too.”

Being named a captain at tradition rich West High as a junior is rare and something that Frisbie doesn’t take lightly.

The captain vote is done by the team and shows Frisbie has the respect of his peers.   

It’s definitely good to know that Stiles and our team trusts me with that,” Frisbie said. “Being captain as a junior will definitely help me a lot next year. We have a decent amount of young guys so being able to help them out will definitely help in the future.”

A hard worker that wants to play soccer and study business in college, Frisbie has found a big part of being a leader is priorities.

With second-ranked West High feature a busy week with three matches Frisbie set aside several nights for school work, something that stood out to Stiles.  

“He has already told me he is going to team dinner but he is going to eat and cut out because he has a lot of academic work tonight,” Stiles said. “You know he has his priorities in the right order when he’s already thinking ahead because when they pass up food you know something is important.”

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