Team Leader Earns Scholarship

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Some older adults view teenagers as mouthy, disrespectful and self-absorbed.

They haven't met Payson High School senior Shane Tuer.

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Following Shane Tuer's graduation from PHS this spring, he'll attend Cascade College in Oregon where he will be a member of the Thunderbird soccer team.

Tuer has a refreshing blend of modesty, humility and quiet confidence, making him the antithesis of what some believe teens to be.

During his tenure at the school, and at Rim Country Middle School, Tuer earned the respect of his fellow students, teachers and administrators for his dedication to both his athletic and academic pursuits.

His commitment to excelling in the classroom and on the playing field paid huge dividends last week when Tuer was offered an athletic scholarship to play soccer at Cascade College in Portland, Ore.

It's quite an honor, considering Tuer is the only player from the 2006 Longhorn boys' soccer team who has, thus far, committed to play at the next level.

The opportunity to continue to play a sport he fell in love with as a 5-year-old excites Tuer.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to the challenges," he said.

Cascade is a four-year, private Christian college, that is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Last season, Cascade's Thunderbird coach Jeremy Schwartz led the team to its finest record, 10-8, since 2002.

Tuer is unsure how he attracted Schwartz's recruiting attention, but believes it was during last year's state tournament in Phoenix. In a 1-0 loss to Sedona, Tuer was named the outstanding player of the game.

"I think he was at that game and saw me play," Tuer said.

Following the tournament, the Rim Country teen received an invitation to travel to Portland to try out for one of a handful of spots remaining on the T-bird roster.

Although the competition for a team position was fierce, Tuer nailed down a roster slot and a scholarship by finishing second in the 2-mile timed run.

"The one boy who beat him was from Brazil," said Tuer's mother, Stephanie.

With scholarship in tow, Tuer will travel to Cascade next fall as one of the most well-rounded soccer players to ever don a Longhorn uniform.

As a senior, he was a team captain, all-region honorable mention selection and a standout in most all Horn games.

Coach Austin White praised him as a team leader and the backbone of the team.

In October, during the Pioneer Title Invitational, Tuer scored Payson's lone goal in a 1-1 tie against the Round Valley Elks. The following day, he tallied two goals in a victory over Grand Canyon.

When not playing soccer, Tuer is a member of the Payson High School golf team.

In elementary school, Tuer shined in the Central Arizona Youth Football League as a member of the Payson Cardinals.

Tuer also excels academically at PHS, taking college prep courses.

At Cascade, he plans to major in business administration.

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