Tonawanda News — When Chezney Belcher wakes up in the morning, she’s on a mission to find a new challenge.
She recently went out hunting for the first time and she hopes to one day play lacrosse and tear around on a dirt bike just because it sounds like fun.
Her adventurous and thrill-seeking attitude has helped her command respect — something many girls her age playing team sports can’t even understand.
Belcher is only a sophomore at Tonawanda but may be one of the school’s most talented and promising soccer players. At sweeper, she’s the backbone of a team that’s building something special — the Warriors are trying to win 12 games for the fourth consecutive season.
“Even last year Chezny really stood out. She could have been a captain as a freshman,” said Warriors coach Julie Schork. “She’s just a natural leader and she really controls the back of our defense.”
Belcher’s parents divorced when she was in middle school and she was left with a decision that would shape her life. She said she never had a doubt about where she wanted to be.
“I had to choose between moving out to Lockport with my mom or staying with my dad,” Belcher said. “I chose here because of soccer and I
didn’t want to leave Tonawa
nda. From sports I have a lot of friends. I was closer to the older kids because of soccer.”
Tonawanda has won five of its last six matches and has shut out its opponent three times this season.
Belcher is a big reason why the Warriors have been so hard to score on. Schork said that having a player that will step up and play hard in the back is the key to a strong defense.
A lot of girls are really shy, especially as underclassmen, according to Schork, which makes Belcher such a rare talent. She works hard in every practice drill and is always looking to correct her mistakes.