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CANFIELD, OH-  South Range High School has produced numerous student-athletes over the years, but few have captured the hearts of the community quite like Luke Gehring. As a multi-sport athlete and standout baseball player, Luke has shown remarkable leadership and dedication, not just in athletics but also in his personal growth. Recently, Luke joined DJ Yokley for an in-depth conversation on YSN’s “Player Profile” series, sharing insights that go well beyond the baseball field.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Luke’s journey has been playing alongside his brothers Jake and Will. As the middle child, Luke has had a unique vantage point, witnessing both older and younger sibling dynamics. Reflecting on his high school experience, Luke said, “With Jake, it was nice to have him teach me the ropes and understand the experience of playing high school varsity baseball as a youngster.” He added, “I try to be that for Will because he was our starting catcher last year as a freshman. I still wanted to be there for him because it’s scary.”

Luke’s ability to lead has set him apart, even through challenges such as injuries. His leadership style is deeply influenced by his experiences in scouting, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at just 15 years old. “I just had good leaders growing up and saw what it means to be a true leader versus people that claim to be leaders just because they want to be the head of a franchise or face of a team,” Luke explained. “I’d rather be remembered as a good leader and a great person than a great athlete.”

As DJ inquired about the similarities between this year’s team and the successful 2018 South Range team, Luke pointed out the importance of team chemistry. “I’d like to say, out of the last few years, this is probably the closest-knit team that we’ve had in a while,” he noted. Such cohesion, he believes, is crucial as the team gears up for the playoffs.

One of the lighter moments of the interview came when Luke talked about life at the Goering household, including their unique fascination with baseball gloves and cars. “I bought a Camaro last summer and messed it up as a high school boy would with a manual muscle car,” he laughed. Luke’s dream car? “A 1969 Plymouth Superbird with the fins, you know, from the movie ‘Cars.’”

As Luke approaches graduation, he’s already thinking about the legacy he wants to leave behind. “I want people to remember me not just as an athlete but for everything else I’ve done,” he said. “I’d rather them remember the lives that I’ve touched and the kids that I want to succeed because I want those younger kids to succeed. I want to set an example so that when they’re seniors, they can do the same thing.”
Luke Gehring’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance, leadership, and community. As he prepares for the next chapter of his life, one can’t help but feel optimistic about his future.

For now, South Range fans will savor every moment they get to see this exceptional young man in action, both on and off the field.