Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 12, 2014

Rasnick to play football at Emory & Henry

By LARRY HYPES
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

TAZEWELL, Va. — All in the family.

Tazewell multi-sport standout Carter Rasnick signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football this fall for Emory & Henry College.

His sister, Megan, also a prep and college athlete and now a coach on the Bulldog staff, watched the signing, along with his dad, Tim, another Tazewell athlete in years past and now also the boys soccer coach for the Bulldogs.

His late brother, T.J., a Tazewell record-setter in both football and soccer, is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

“It seems like most of the people in my family love sports and many have played here at Tazewell, so I am glad to be carrying on that tradition and I will do my best to play well at Emory & Henry,” said the 5-foot-180-pound Rasnick.

It was a happy day, as well, for Bulldog coach Shane Allen, but at the same time, he noted that Rasnick’s departure will impact Tazewell in the coming season.

“There is no doubt that Carter will give 100 percent wherever they put him,” Allen said. “He plays at full effort the whole game. We will certainly miss him. He has been a tremendous blocking fullback, a good runner, a hard hitter at linebacker, and an outstanding punter.

“That’s a lot of spots on the roster and on the field. He is very talented and a great young man who is a ‘yes, sir’ and ‘no, sir’ kind of kid who is a true team player.”

Rasnick noted that he had an interest in about 10 different schools. As an honors student and with a quality athletic resume, he was able to choose his next stop.

“I liked Emory and the coaches are quality people,” Rasnick said. “I am anxious to get my degree in education and I think I might want to continue some day as a coach. Who knows? I might even get back into this area. I think I might like that.”

Emory is an NCAA Division III school in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) coached by Curt Newsome.

“We are very pleased for Carter,” noted principal David Bockes. “I am sure he will continue his good work both academically and athletically.

“Carter has his priorities in order and we all look forward to his success.”

Rasnick averaged almost 36 yards per punt, and his agility while kicking was a boost to the team as he often salvaged field position from precarious situations.

“I think a lot that (kicking) came from his play on the soccer field,” Tim Rasnick said. “He (Carter) is used to running from side to side and kicking on the run to certain spots because that is expected on the soccer field. It helped out in football, too, and that’s a good thing.

Rasnick also made 90 tackles last season with 44 assists and caused five fumbles from his linebacker slot. That effort earned him a first team berth on the All-Conference 39 squad and a All-Region 2A West second team honors.

On the offensive side, Rasnick quietly earned praise for his unselfish and effective blocking. As the punter, as well, he often stayed on the field for virtually every play in several games.

His family saw nearly all of those plays and happy to see Carter advance to the next level.

“This is a happy day,” said Rasnick’s mother, Jill. “First, I am glad he will be able to continue his education. Emory is a great school. Of course, this is great because he does what he loves and that is playing football.

“Finally, as a mother, I am pleased because Emory is not too far from Tazewell and so we can see all the home games and maybe some of the away games, too. I am really happy about that.”

Sister Megan, also a soccer star now on the school staff, said, “I’m pleased for Carter. He has worked hard for this. I look forward to being able to see as many of his college games as possible and I am very proud of him for going on to the college level with his athletic ability.”

Before he leaves home, however, there just might a little more business to tend to along family lines.

His talented-toed brother, T.J., set the local record with a sizzling 104 goals during his career. Carter currently has 80 goals and a full season to go.

He’s (Carter) pretty competitive,” Tim Rasnick said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he goes after that record.”

After all, the record would still be in the family.