Chance Stolz is an outstanding athlete and scholar who will be receiving an associate’s degree by the time of his high school graduation. He has proven himself as one of the top student athletes in Washington, and will continue his athletic career in college.
He has played football since second grade and has also played baseball and soccer. Since eighth grade, Stolz has been a three-sport athlete, playing football, wrestling and throwing the javelin on the track team.
“Football is my first love. I like the team aspect,” he says. “It’s such a tight-knit family that I feel in 10 years, when I come back for a reunion, nothing would change.”
As a wrestler, Stolz has distinguished himself immediately, earning a spot as an alternative competitor for state in his freshman year, and then placing sixth at state as a sophomore. In his junior year, he was undefeated until the state meet, where he placed third. And this school year, he rose to the very top.
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He considers the state championship his highest achievement of high school.
“The first 25 seconds after winning are indescribable,” he said. “I worked hard and I earned it.”
He credits his coaches as well as his wrestling partner with pushing him to be his best.
“My wrestling partner set the standard for me. I knew how hard I needed to push myself to be the best in all aspects,” he said.
Those aspects include academics. Stolz has maintained an excellent GPA, and for the last two years has been taking college classes through the Running Start program.
“His commitment to improving is unmatched by any student-athlete I’ve known,” said PHS math teacher Pete Weymiller. “When successful, he is always humble and grateful…. He treats adversity as a challenge to be met with hard work.”
Stolz said he pushed himself academically when he was younger because he wanted to make his parents proud, but as he matured, he was motivated by his own high standards.
“I’m very disciplined and everything I do is because of athletics,” he said.
His volunteer commitments included assisting with coaching for Peninsula Youth Football.
“I remember when I was that age, looking up to those (high school) guys and thinking I couldn’t wait to be in their shoes — they were such great mentors,” he said. “It’s a cool experience.”
Stolz plans to wrestle in college and study marketing, and will likely attend Arizona State University. Because he was offered a scholarship and will be entering as a junior, he will be considering a master’s degree as part of his four-year studies.
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Mark Stolz and Billi Davis Activities/Achievements: varsity football 1st Team All-League, defensive MVP, All-State starting LB, Captains Award, team captain; varsity wrestling SPSL Wrestler of the Year, 3A 195-lb weight calls ranked No. 1, TNT All-Area, 1st, 3rd and 6th at state, 80-2 combined record; varsity track and field district qualifier, freshman school record for throwing distance; WIAA Scholar Athlete; Running Start; volunteer for Winterest, Arbor Day, PYF and others; Young Life
Favorite teacher: Jim Mills, biology, AP environmental science. “He was very insightful and always made class interesting.”
Best thing about high school: “How welcoming we all are. Everyone cares about each other regardless if they are friends or not.”