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Troxell having a busy fall

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Most weeks, Devon Troxell is a busy young man in many ways.

For him, it is all about giving back.

The Catasauqua senior is especially active during the fall when he simultaneously is a member of the Roughies’ soccer and football teams. During any week, Troxell can have as many three of four games, usually capping his week as the kicker on the football team.

The ever-optimistic and effervescent Troxell has kept a positive outlook through both seasons.

“Both team made progress in their own way,” he said. “I just want to do the best I can out there. I am very grateful to be playing at Catty. We don’t have many one-sport athletes here being a small school. Being busy doesn’t bother me and it really helps me focus better.

“It is a true blessing to have the amount of support we have. The school always has had a good relationship with the community and everyone seems to want to give back.”

His coaches recognize his overall good nature and strong work ethic.

“Devon is an extremely hard worker and a leader on the team,” said head boys’ soccer coach Josh Inman. “He has done a great job with the younger players.”

“He (Troxell) has done a good job for us,” said head football coach Mike McClarin. “He is a conscientious young man who will have a great future outside of football.”

In addition to his athletics, Troxell is a volunteer member of the Catasauqua Fire Department and also volunteers his time with the Catasauqua Athletic Association, spending most of his time announcing games.

When he isn’t spending time with athletic duties, Troxell is an enterprising businessman. He has 14 grass cutting accounts throughout Catasauqua.

Troxell gained much of his drive from watching the Roughies’ recent championship football runs from the 2012 and 2103 seasons.

“I remember watching Zac Bradley, Ra’Von Burton, and Paryss Marshall and other when I was a little kid,” he recalled. “I wanted to be on the field someday and see what I could contribute. I was looking forward to that opportunity.”

Troxell has his sights set on becoming either a pilot or a landscape designer. He has been a frequent visitor to Lehigh Valley Airport and also has watched the planes take off and land from his backyard.

He may enroll at Lehigh Community College and then transfer to Penn State’s main campus. Troxell also has entertained a thought about attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.

“I have a good idea on what I want to do,” said Troxell. “I am very excited to take the next step in my life. Being at Catty has prepared me well and has helped me shape my values. I was just happy to be part of everything here.”

Judging by his contributions and efforts, many in Catasauqua feel the same way about him.