Brother accepts Player of the Week honors for Tyson Wacker following his death
COTTONWOOD, Calif. —
West Valley High School student Tyson Wacker, is being honored as Round Table Pizza, Player of the Week.
16-year-old Wacker, a Varsity football player at West Valley High lost his life in a recent car crash in Anderson.
KRCR selected Wacker for the award honoring football excellence and his brother, Ashton Wacker accepted the award on his behalf.
"I think this would mean a lot. it was one of his goals at the beginning of the year is to get one of these," said Ashton.
He also plays football at West Valley.
"I mean, it would be a really big honor and he really appreciates it," said Ashton.
"He was tenacious, he was fast, he was strong, he worked hard at it," said West Valley football coach, Greg Grandell.
He said Tyson receiving the award was one of Tyson's goals.
"The varsity team does goals every year, a goal-setting meeting. And one of his goals was to be channel 7 'Player of the Week.' So that's cool. I know he is smiling down and thankful for that," said Grandell.
Grandell said to honor, Tyson they have placed the number 8 on every player's helmet, a way of keeping him part of the team.
"We're going to wear 8 on our helmets this year and then we are going to put 8 within our sticker for now on. Our eagle will have 8 somewhere in the eagle for the rest of, as long as we're here," said Grandell. "We'll have a whole in our heart forever you know. He's going to be very missed and he won't be replaced. You can't replace him," said Grandell.