COLUMBUS – National Signing Day was certainly a momentous day for a quartet of Lakeview student-athletes.
Seniors Kaylob Kobza, Lucas Thatcher, Jacob Frenzen, and Cody Thompson all signed their letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their athletic and academic careers. Kobza and Thatcher will be heading to Nebraska Wesleyan, while Frenzen and Thompson will be playing at Midland University.
During the ceremony, Lakeview Head Coach Kurt Frenzen talked about the adversities each player faced throughout their tenure at Lakeview, and how proud he was of each one to be able to persevere and make it to the next level. Frenzen also says that it’s not only exciting that they have the opportunity to continue playing football, but that football has given them the chance to earn a degree as well.
Kobza started the season as a starting defensive end for the Vikings, and also served as a backup tight end. However, Kobza suffered a knee injury in the first game of the season that was thought to be season-ending. Frenzen said that Kobza “worked his tail off” to get back before the end of the year, and he was able to start Lakeview’s final two games, ending the season with nine tackles and two sacks.
Thatcher was a key offensive piece for the Vikings, rushing for 587 yards on 81 carries and four touchdowns in his senior season. Thatcher was a 2018 C-1 All State Honorable Mention, and a 2018 C-1-6 All District RB. Thatcher was also named the team’s 2018 Offensive MVP, and was a team captain as well.
Frenzen had a dynamic season both offensively and defensively, rushing for 500 yards on 87 carries and nine touchdowns, and racking up 82 tackles with three sacks as well. Frenzen was named a 2018 C-1 All State LB, a 2018 C-1-6 All District MLB, and the 2018 Team MVP.
Thompson was a leader along the offensive and defensive lines throughout the 2018 season, as Frenzen said there were games where they would run to his side 10-15 times in a row. Thompson recorded 42 tackles along with two sacks, and was named a 2018 C-1 All State DL, 2018 C-1-6 All District DL, and the 2018 Defensive MVP for Lakeview.