High school seniors competing in spring sports are in danger of having their high school athletics careers cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were supposed to be out representing their schools, creating highlights and memories, and … well … giving us something to write about. So we’re going to write about them. This is the Senior Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Uriel Zarracan spent the fall kicking balls under the bright lights at Bobcat Stadium, earning second-team All-Lowco honors as Bluffton High School’s punter. But spring was going to be his real time to shine.
Zarracan’s powerful foot was a boon to the Bobcats’ football team, but he pivoted from special teams contributor to star player when soccer season rolled around.
A sensational junior season saw Zarracan rack up 39 goals and 15 assists and lead the Bobcats to the Class 4A Lower State finals before a 1-0 loss to eventual state champion Dreher.
But he had even bigger plans for his senior year.
Bluffton was off to a 4-1 start when the season was suspended, and Zarracan already had eight goals and two assists.
We may never find out how many points he could have produced or how far the Bobcats’ talent could have carried them this season, but Zarracan takes solace in the fact that he will play soccer again when this is over — somewhere. He has scholarship offers from a handful of colleges and has trained with the developmental squads for professional clubs such as Armada FC and Orlando City FC, but he’s still holding out hope of competing for that elusive state championship with his Bobcat teammates.
“I want to thank my family for doing everything possible for me to go to practices, games, tournaments and so much more in soccer,” Zarracan said. “Without them, I don’t know what I would do right now, so I have to thank them for everything.”
High school senior student-athletes in Beaufort and Jasper counties can click here to submit their information to be considered for this feature.
Submitted photo courtesy Bluffton HS yearbook