Taylor Rericha's quiet leadership helps Redmen succeed on the court
April 15, 2019
Parma High senior Taylor Rericha is determined to find success on and off the basketball court.
This past season, she set two Parma Senior High School records for the Redmen and tied a third, one of which was nearly 30 years old.
During a January 12, 2019 game versus Valley Forge, Rericha set the school record with 12 steals in a game, breaking Michelle Niznik’s record of 10 set in the 2009-2010 season.
She also broke the Redmen season record for steals with 92, set by Becky Duerk in 1991. Finally, she tied the Redmen season assists record (94), set by Jaylin Narvaez in 2017.
But when you ask Rericha about her record-breaking season, she was really only focused on one record - the assists.
“That is the record during the season I wanted to break,” Rericha said. “Every year, Coach (Chuck) Caldwell makes us do a goal sheet, and we put it in our locker. Every game when we open our locker we can see our goals, and that was number one for me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to break it, but I was able to tie it.”
A product of State Road Elementary and Shiloh Middle School, Rericha started playing basketball in the third grade because her friends were doing it, along with club soccer. It was a sport that she began to embrace and love as the years progressed.
“I didn’t want to try out in the seventh grade because I was too short to play,” Rericha explained. “But, I did. There was about 60 girls at tryouts and there was two days of cuts. I ended up making the team, and I was a starter. That’s pretty much how it started and I’ve been playing ever since.”
At Parma Senior High School, Rericha showed her dedication for the school and team. She admits she wanted to be a shooting guard, however, the team needed a point guard, so she made the switch.
“I didn’t want to be a point guard. I never wanted to be a point guard,” Rericha confessed. “It was kind of the role that I had to fill. We haven’t had one that could handle the ball very well, so I took it upon myself to learn that position...I never really wanted to, or thought I could, break the steals record. It kind of just happened.”
“Taylor isn’t a true point guard but embraced the role when it was given to her at the beginning of her junior season,” Caldwell said. “She is one of the most coachable kids I have ever had the privilege of coaching, and comes ready to work and get better every single day and applies the transferable skills that the coaching staff teaches her.”
Rericha’s work ethic speaks for itself. Besides boasting a 4.1 GPA (Grade Point Average), she has earned eight varsity letters across three different sports including soccer, basketball and softball. She has also been a captain of the basketball team the last two seasons.
Currently enrolled in the Career and Technical Teaching Professions class, Rericha will attend the University of Mount Union in the fall to study Early Childhood Education.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” Rericha expressed. “I loved school growing up. I loved the relationship that I had with teachers and I wanted to be that person for other kids. That’s kind of how I fell into that career.”
While at Mount Union, Rericha will not be on the basketball court, but rather on the pitch, playing soccer for the Purple Raiders.
Rericha’s dedication and selflessness has already been embraced at Mount Union, as she has agreed to play goalkeeper or defense, whichever position they need her at the most.
“Although she is a quiet, introverted kid she leads by example every single day on the court, in the classroom, and in the community,” Caldwell expressed. “She personifies what it means to be a Redmen student-athlete.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Senior Taylor Rericha passes the ball during a home game this season. Rericha broke two school records for steals this season, while tying a third record for assists.