Male Athlete of the Month: Richard Arecheja, Jr

Photo by Balinda Zimmerman Richard Arecheja, Jr.

Photo by Balinda Zimmerman
Richard Arecheja, Jr.

By Balinda Zimmerman
Richard Arecheja, Jr is the son of Richard Arecheja, Sr and Valerie Posey both of Milan.  Both his parents are MHS alumni. Richard, Sr. graduating in 1994 and 1998 respectively.  Richard has two brothers, Kyle Ranson, a 17-year-old varsity football player for Milan and Jackson Arecheja a 7-year-old who plays flag football and soccer.
Richard, Jr. is a 15-year-old sophomore at Milan High School where he plays football, baseball and wrestling. For MHS baseball Richard plays second base and outfield.  He has played baseball for Milan youth League and also one year on the Milan travel team for a combined total of 10 years in the sport.
His favorite sport is football where he plays on both offensive and defensive teams for the Milan junior varsity.  This year he will get to try his skills as a wide receiver on the offensive team after making a great show last year in the last two games as a late in the game receiver. Richard also plays middle line-backer on the defensive team which is where he earned the nickname “truck.” The name was earned because although he is not big like most linemen, it is said he hits like a truck.
Richard carries a 3.9 GPA and is taking AP U.S. History, Honors Advanced Algebra, Honors Chemistry, Honors English, Intro to Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology and Peer Mediation.  He would like to be a writer someday, possibly as a music critic.  He loves to write and says all of his friends know how adamantly he will defend an artist if he really likes them.
He said for college he is probably going to stay with EMU to be close to home. He is also pretty interested in the University of Texas because it is such a beautiful place. He was able to go there this year to visit his maternal grandmother and that is what piqued his interest in the University of Texas so only time will tell.

Balinda Zimmerman is a certified mediator, owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. Balinda can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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