Sentinel Standout – December 2011 – Austin Rehkow

Lining up for a critical field goal with the game in the balance, Austin Rehkow simply hearkens back to the basics.

“For me, it’s about consistency and fundamentals,” Rehkow said. “Why should it be any different than in practice? Sure, there’s a little more pressure, but you just need to block that out and you’re good to go.”

Austin Rehkow has been named to the All Greater Spokane League first team for the past two years. This season, he was also honored on the Seattle Times All State Team.
Photo by Craig Howard.

The approach appears to be working. Now a junior at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Rehkow has been named to the All Greater Spokane League first team for the past two years. This season, he also earned a place on the Seattle Times All-State first team after converting 89 percent of his field goals in league competition and averaging 39 yards a punt. He was also successful on 39 of 43 points after touchdowns in GSL games.

Against Lewis and Clark, Rehkow connected on a career-best 52-yard kick, one of two field goals that represented his team’s only points in a 6-0 win. He was part of a Bears team that compiled a 9-3 record and reached the Washington state 4A quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Skyline.

Rehkow averaged 39 yards a punt in the Greater Spokane League this season and connected on a career-best 52-yard field goal against Lewis and Clark.
Photo by Craig Howard.

A member of the Belle Terre Ward in the Spokane East Stake, Rehkow calls upon a different inventory of fundamentals when making decisions in his day-to-day life. The Eagle Scout said adhering to gospel standards helps him stay on the right path while focusing on constructive goals. In the classroom, he maintains a 3.97 grade point average and is involved in clubs like Washington Drug Free Youth.

“I try to surround myself with people who either live up to the same standards or respect them,” Rehkow said.

When faced with scenarios that involve inappropriate media or other potentially disruptive influences, Rehkow relies on the training received at church and in his family to steer clear – even when it means leaving peers in the middle of a gathering.

“Sometimes someone will say, ‘Are you serious?'” Rehkow said. “Once you tell them you are, they respect that. Something like the Word of Wisdom has kept me away from drugs and alcohol and helped me as an athlete.”

When Austin was growing up, his parents, Freddie and Kim, made it clear that while sports were important, they did not overshadow family or Church priorities. If the championship of a tournament was held on Sunday, it was understood that Austin would sit out the game to observe the Sabbath.

“I’ve definitely seen blessings from that,” Austin said.

In addition to his accomplishments in football, Rehkow is a starter on the basketball team, averaging over nine points a game for the 4-3 Bears. He also lettered on the varsity as a sophomore.

Rehkow starts for the Central Valley basketball team, averaging over nine points a game.
Photo by Craig Howard.

CV head coach Rick Sloan said Rehkow is “someone who knows the game of basketball and has a great work ethic.”

“Austin represents the kind of person we’re looking for in our basketball program,” Sloan said. “He’s got good character and sets a good example. We’re proud to have him on our team.”

While Rehkow’s future likely involves college sports on some level, he is also looking forward to joining the team of full-time LDS missionaries in a few years. He said early morning seminary has been a good training ground for life in the mission field.

“From what I’ve heard it’s the best two years of your life,” Rehkow said. “I’d like to find out for myself.”

Rehkow added that seminary – and the spiritual nourishment that goes with it – serves as a source of renewal in the course of hectic school day.

“During school, there’s language and all the other stuff that goes on,” he said. “It’s nice to get away from that and surround myself with others who share the same standards.”

2 thoughts on “Sentinel Standout – December 2011 – Austin Rehkow

  1. I knew his parents when he was a baby! It is fun to see him all grown up. It doesn’t surprise me that he has great morals. He comes from a good family!

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