The majority of high school football programs statewide have an individual on the sidelines each Friday night with a pad, paper and a pencil, and they busily record statistics of every play.
Sometimes it may a appear to be a sportswriter roaming on the fringe of the field, but more likely, that’s the person responsible for recording the team’s statistics.
Since 1993, Jack Waltier of Puyallup has been on the sidelines during every single Puyallup Vikings varsity football game. Waltier, who looks every bit the part of a football enthusiast with his Vikings baseball cap, is someone I always spot on the sidelines as the final minutes tick off the clock before I make my way onto the field for postgame interviews. We usually talk for a couple of minutes about the stars of the game and even compare the statistics we have compiled.
About an hour and a half after the game is complete, I typically receive a voicemail from Waltier with detailed statistics from that particular night’s game. If I ever have a question about anything related to the Vikings’ football program, Waltier is the first person I call. He’s an encyclopedia when it comes to his knowledge of Vikings football.
During the past three years, the Vikings’ offense has been prolific. I haven’t hesitated to ask Waltier during various points of the season about totals or stats compared to previous Vikings’ teams.
I’m sure Waltier will continue to be a fixture on the sidelines and record Vikings statistics for years to come. He thoroughly enjoys what he does, and it shows.
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