By Rick Morwick
When Luke Boha talks about winning state championships, it isn’t just talk.
He speaks from experience.
Four years ago, he was the only full-time varsity freshman on Center Grove High School’s state championship boy soccer team.
A three-year starting midfielder, Boha expects the Trojans to make yet another run at the state title.
“I am very excited to get into it,” Boha said of the 2018 season, which began Aug. 11. “If we play as a team and everyone works hard, I feel like we can make a deep run into the state tournament and have a good chance to win the whole thing.”
Whatever success the Trojans enjoy, Boha will likely be a major reason why.
A multi-skilled player whose exceptional conditioning is matched only by his is soccer acumen, Boha is a statistical and emotional leader who the Trojans lean on for a variety of contributions.
“Luke does not have many weaknesses,” fourth-year coach Jameson McLaughlin said. “His strengths are his endurance and his intelligence. He is able to play nearly the whole game without getting tired in a position that essentially covers the whole field.
“He is an extremely intelligent and unselfish player and makes the right decisions in games that puts us in a position to win.”
Putting in the Trojans in favorable positions and setting an aggressive tone are always his objectives.
“I try to bring toughness and energy to the team and also work to lead the team through my actions,” Boha said. “My role is to provide senior leadership, on and off the field, and be level-headed in all situations while also letting my play speak for itself.”
A virtual lifelong player, Boha has a vivid recollection of his introduction to soccer.
“When I was 3, my family would drive past the South Central Soccer Academy fields and I would look out the car window and see all the kids out playing and wonder why I couldn’t play,” he said. “Shortly after that, my parents signed me up and I have stuck with it for the next 15 years.”
An honors student, Boha is still mulling over his college plans. He is unsure if he will play soccer but does plan to study pre-med wherever he enrolls.
But for the time being, he has unfinished business with the Trojans.
“Our season has a very positive outlook,” Boha said. “Our team goals are to win the MIC (Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference), win state and leave a lasting impact on our program.”
In many ways, Boha already has.
“Luke brings leadership, intelligence and an overall sense of calmness to the team,” McLaughlin said. “Luke leads by example in practice and in games with his work ethic and demeanor. He never gets rattled, no matter the situation, which helps our team stay calm in tough situations.
“He is also always willing to help players in our program, either on the field or off.”
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NAME: Luke Boha
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Still considering options but plans to study pre-med
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