Burger King Student Athlete of the Week: Thomas Otteni

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — "I just try and clear my mind and think of all the good things going on," Lee High senior Thomas Otteni said.

A dual sports athlete in golf and soccer, Otteni has a lot going for him.

"He's just a good hearted kid," Heather Davis, who taught Otteni in chemistry said. "Very light too, just kind of funny and a good person to have in the class."

"He really tries to bring everyone in collectively as a team," golf head coach James Corbett said. "He thinks about the team instead of himself as an individual."

Otteni's athlete achievements include but are not limited to titles and honors at the district, region and state levels.

In postseason play, Otteni called a penalty on himself, exemplifying good sportsmanship.

"If I had moved on," Otteni said. "I would have looked back and said you know that probably wasn't the right thing to do and I would have regretted it for the rest of my life."

"That was a very tough moment for the team," Corbett said. "But that was the proudest I've ever been of a player on my team as a coach."

Otteni is now applying to colleges, and plans on focusing on academics in higher education, but doesn't quite know his major yet. He says that he is interested in science and statistics though.

"I want to take a lot of classes, a variety of different ones and just figure out what I like most," Otteni said.

But he has a vision of a good future.

"30 years down the road, I'm probably living on a golf course somewhere."

And if the PGA tour comes calling...

"I'd definitely take that option," Otteni said laughing.