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Athlete of Year: Vogler adds another honor

At the end-of-the-season banquet for the Rosemount boys basketball team, coach Mike Manning told a short story about senior Chase Vogler.

"My father used to say to me, 'Michael, it is easier to blow wind out of someone's sails than it is to put wind in.' Chase has his sails full. And I love it. Mistakes do not bother him. He could miss five shots in a row, come over to the bench and say, 'Coach, I think we need to us a different basketball,'" Manning recalled saying.

The willingness to compete -- even through bad times -- is one of the biggest reasons Vogler has been named this year's Irish male athlete of the year.

Vogler is a three-sport star for Rosemount, competing in football, basketball and tennis.

With his success in football, including leading his team to the state tournament this fall as a captain and quarterback, Vogler has also earned the chance to play collegiately.

Vogler will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth to play football.

His competiveness has led him to this point.

"I just keep busy playing sports, that's how I grew up," Vogler said. "It's tough to be just sitting. I want to try out for everything. I think it's my drive to play multiple sports. I'm more competitive than just about anybody.

"It's just my focus. When it's football season, I do anything I can to help the team in football. When football is over, I switch gears and move on to the next thing."

The thing this spring season is tennis. Vogler is the Irish's No. 1 singles player and a captain.

In the winter, he was second on the Irish in scoring and assists while earning all-conference honorable mention honors.

"He really is a special athlete," Manning said. "He's just a great kid. He has that confidence, and he makes everyone around him better."

In football, Vogler was a two-time all-conference player. He also will be playing this summer in the Minnesota high school all-star classic game, just another in a long list of accomplishments for Vogler. And now he can add another.

"Man, to be picked out of all the great athletes at Rosemount is special," Vogler said. "To see that list and know my name goes on there. I was shocked."