Red River Senior In Sports IllustratedA local Grand Forks teen has made a national sports magazine.
By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ
A local Grand Forks teen has made a national sports magazine.
His name is Jake LaDouceur and he's received an honor that most high school students will never experience…he's in this weeks Sports Illustrated.
Boggy: At only 18 years old, this multi-sport competitor's face is now among some of the best athletes in the country.
Jake LaDouceur: All the time you put towards that for it to be in a magazine around the country, I mean that's quite an honor.
Boggy: But it wasn't easy to get to this point and there have been a lot of conflicts along the way.
Jake LaDouceur: When baseball comes around, I mean if I have a baseball game, I'll probably play the game but if I have practice and then a tryout for hockey, I'm probably going to play hockey and miss baseball and my coach understands that.
Boggy: With his father being not only a role model but his tennis coach as well, Jake started playing at the age of five, but if you were to ask him his favorite sport, tennis would not be the answer.
Jake LaDouceur: Hockey is my number one priority. That's my favorite sport.
Boggy: This weeks sports illustrated featured Jake in "the Faces in the crowd" section that highlights up and coming high School and college athletes and his father couldn't be prouder.
Greg LaDouceur: It's an honor to be able to coach your son in something and have him be as successful as he has been.
Boggy: But having his dad as his coach wasn't always easy to handle. Even his dad says he was probably harder on him than anyone else he coached.
Greg LaDouceur: As a father and as a coach, I'm probably harder on him than anybody else because I expect more out of him and fortunately for both of us, Jake takes it very well.
Boggy: Now in his senior year, Jake expects a lot from himself and he's not looking back
Jake LaDouceur: I'm gonna have to go our there and give it my all, don't leave anything behind.
Jake is planning on a visit to Gustavus in St. Peter Minnesota this week for hockey but nothing is set in stone.
Ideally he would like to play junior hockey next year maybe in the N-H-L or U-S-H-L.