By: John Raffel
Harrison completes remarkable sports season at New Lothrop
Aidan Harrison had a two-state championship effort at the track & field meet on June 1
He spent one varsity season at New Lothrop and the previous two at Flushing.
“Aidan helped lead our team to the Division 7 state championship,” Galvas said. “He is a tremendous athlete, but an even better leader and person. Aidan was named the Div 7/8 Athlete of the year. Recently he captured the 1000-meter dash state title and was a part of the 4x100 team that won the state title.”
At the Division 4 track state meet, New Lothrop, the Hornets tied for fifth place. Harrison had a time of 11.07 seconds to win the 100. He anchored the winning 4x100 relay team (43.34) and the 4x200 relay foursome (1:30.26).
For the football team, Harrison rushed for 15 TDs with an 11 yards per carry average. He caught eight touchdown passes with 18 yards per reception, and threw for one touchdown on one attempt.
“Aidan’s work ethic is tremendous as is his leadership skills,” Galvas said. “He is very coachable and willing to learn and do more to be successful. Coming in to New Lothrop as a first-year football player on our team, he adjusted very well and was able to quickly learn our playbook and scheme.”
There are many memorable moments Galvas will cherish about Harrison.
“The first week he came to New Lothrop, in late June, he attended a 7-on-7 tournament with the team,” Galvas said. “Right away we knew what kind of athlete he was as he was lighting up the score board from day one. Avery Moore, our QB, and Aidan had an immediate connection that lasted all season for us.
“His most memorable game in my eyes was playing in the regional championship vs Pewamo Westphalia with a broken hand that he had injured just three days earlier in practice. He gutted out the rest of the season with it as well as playing almost the entire season with a torn labrum which he had surgically repaired after the season. His most memorable play had to be the 90-yard kick return for a touchdown in the state finals game.”
New Lothrop finished 13-1 as the Division 7 state champs.
“Aiden left for the University of Missouri just two hours after graduation as they were starting practice the next day,” Galvas said.