When Taylor Timko was a sophomore, she scored the game-winning goal in a soccer state tournament game against Birmingham Detroit Country Day, jumped in the family car and raced to Grand Rapids, where she helped one of the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep track and field relay teams place in the state tournament.
Last year in the football team’s opener, she kicked the game-winning field goal to help the team win the game.
So it was really no surprise that she senior track star, soccer star and placekicker was named the Walt Bazylewicz Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Catholic High School League. The three-sport student-athlete was selected from among 27 Catholic high schools in the Detroit area representing over 17,000 students. Each year, one senior male and one senior female athlete is chosen for this honor.
“It’s a really great honor, individually, and it means a lot to the school and my teammates, especially soccer and track as well,” she said. “It’s just a really cool honor for the program and says a lot for our school.”
Timko is the third athlete from Notre Dame Prep to receive the award. Molly Coldren (2008) and Sara Barron (2012) were the others.
Timko will receive her award at the Catholic League Baseball championships on the infield at Comerica Park next Thursday between the C-D (10 a.m.) and A-B finals (12:30 p.m.).
Timko will pursue soccer in her future, where she has been recruited by the University of Michigan.
“Soccer’s going really well right now,” said Timko. “So far I think we’re 10-1-1. We recently lost to (Birmingham) Marian and that’s our only loss.”
Timko finished school this week so now she can concentrate on soccer and track, where she’s expected to compete on the relay teams, the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.
Timko also was one of only 12 high school student-athletes in the state to be nominated as a finalist for the Michigan High School Athlete of the Year.
A four-year starting midfielder and a three-year captain on the soccer team, Timko is approaching 100 goals.