Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Keller Chamovitz

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 3:05 PM

Keller Chamovitz

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Soccer

Class: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Keller Chamovitz’s father Sam was part of Quaker Valley’s undefeated 1996 soccer team, and now he’s on a similar journey.

Keller had a hand in Quaker Valley’s first two goals in the WPIAL championship game against Deer Lakes.

He was credited with an assist to Dom Reiter for the first score and bent a 30-yard free kick over a wall and into the back left corner of the net to give the Quakers an early lead en route to their 4-3 overtime win.

When did your dad start teaching you about soccer?

Well, he didn’t force soccer on me. I played a lot of sports when I was young, and I probably started playing soccer in the park with him when I was 4. I was pretty good for my age, just being taller and faster. He did train me hard when I decided I wanted to play, and he wanted me to be a better player than him.

Who is the better soccer player?

It could be a fun debate.

How do you and your dad compare to each other on the soccer field?

From what I’ve seen on video and heard, his biggest strength was his shooting ability. That’s what I feel is the best part of my game.

Speaking of shooting ability, your free kick had to be perfect. How much have you practiced that shot?

The key is just repetition. I’ve gone to the park for 10 or so years and practiced that shot, and I’ve been waiting for the right moment and an important time for it. Practicing shooting all this season paid off when it mattered.

Your assist went to Dom Reiter, who now has the most points in a single season in program history. How much have you learned from playing with him?

Dom is outstanding. He has the most goals this season and probably the most assists, at least top two. Him and his brother Fritz have taught me how to think about the game and be mentally prepared to play better. All of the seniors are really good, so they’ve taught me a lot.

This senior class has been trying to win another WPIAL title for the last three years. How important was it to you and other underclassmen to win another championship for them?

I saw the devastation on everyone’s faces last year. I didn’t see any minutes, but I was on the bench watching, so I felt really bad for them. I think all of the underclassmen made sure we put in everything on the line for them to get that feeling of winning it again.

What would it mean to take home a state title like your dad?

I know how the WPIAL championship felt, the pressure there and the relief of winning it. States will be another whole level of that, so it would be very exciting.