February 28, 2010

Tyler Sash, a true sportsman

OSKALOOSA — Herald photo by Duane Nollen

Current University of Iowa safety and former Oskaloosa High School standout Tyler Sash, left, signs a memorabilia for a fan during the annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Fellowship Bible Church Saturday night.

It was the annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Fellowship Bible Church Saturday night and the honored sportsman was Oskaloosa’s Tyler Sash.

The banquet often focuses on hunting and fishing, but on this night, the focus was on football. Sash delighted a large crowd with his insights on growing up in Oskaloosa and the journey to Division I football at the University of Iowa.

He also pleased both young and old by spending plenty of time signing almost everything and posing for pictures. 

For the speaking part of the program, Sash answered questions interview style and added to some of the questions. The questioning went from his youth to the present and he gave on how he has reached the level he is on at the present time.

Tyler is the youngest of the three children of Mike and Barney Sash, so he always played with older kids. That had to toughen him up as the older siblings were mighty fine athletes in their own right. Dad was a coach and it was natural for him to tag along to the gym and get in some floor time.

When Tyler as asked about the one that influenced him the most to become a Hawkeye the answer was Tim Dwight

“I loved to watch him play,” Sash said. “It was amazing to watch him return punts. He was so fast and played with so much fire. I knew from watching him that I wanted to be a Hawk.”

But in what sport? When Tyler was asked what his favorite sport was in high school, the answer a definite, basketball!

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