Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thiemann Led in More Ways Than One; Senior Co-Captain Helps MICDS Capture First Title since 2005; ALL-METRO BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; JT THIEMANN

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thiemann Led in More Ways Than One; Senior Co-Captain Helps MICDS Capture First Title since 2005; ALL-METRO BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; JT THIEMANN

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Like a crystal ball, JT Thiemann could look onto the field and see the future of MICDS lacrosse.

After winning a state title that was six seasons in the making, Thiemann can take comfort in knowing that his co-captaincy of a state championship squad had a direct impact on the landscape of St. Louis lacrosse.

"JT can be very very proud of the legacy that he leaves here," MICDS coach Andy Kay said. "Knowing that if I ask any third grader or fourth grader who they want to be when they are playing for me down the road and they say JT Thiemann, I think that that's enough said."

After six years, Thiemann remembers being that kid, playing as a seventh grader tossing a ball around as coach Kay looked on, not sure if he would fit into the quarterback role that Kay had envisioned for him.

"When I got to middle school, coach Kay kind of helped me into that role, immediately," Thiemann said. "And he wanted me to be that quarterback and obviously you weren't quite sure in middle school if that was going to be the right thing to do, but he helped me into that role and gave me some confidence."

Six years later, a four-year career in the books and a state title wrapped up, Thiemann can add Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys lacrosse player of the year to his resume.

Kay also remembers his development well. As dean of the seventh grade, some of Kay's first memories of St. Louis lacrosse include Thiemann and a handful of now MICDS seniors discussing lacrosse and working on a common goal.

Kay looked at the local youth as the future of the program.

"There's an aura," Kay said. "In lacrosse you want to find a quarterback, you want to find a finisher and you want to find a speedster at the attack as (you're) kind of developing your program and JT was definitely that quarterback-type of a kid. That was easy to see right away."

Over time, Thiemann developed the speed, the finishing ability, and the leadership qualities.

Now, fresh off helping MICDS clinch its first state championship since 2005 with an 11-10 overtime win over CBC, Thiemann has no more doubts. He understands the weight of being a captain, and the rewards, coupled with intangibles that stats simply cannot measure. …

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