For Exeter Township High School senior Sam Feehrer, a military life was always in the cards. Men in his family have served in the military for many generations, and Sam has decided he will be no different.
He was seriously considering West Point as his destination after he graduates from high school. Then came a visit to the Air Force Academy last spring.
"As soon as I saw the campus, I knew that's where I wanted to go to school.'
On May 6, Feehrer, an all-star soccer player for the Eagles, made it official that he would go to school, and play soccer, at the Air Force Academy.
Sam won't be up in the sky for the Air Force. He will major in business management, then get his masters in the same field. After that, he hopes to work for a company affiliated with the Air Force. He will be committed to the Air Force for five years after graduation.
"I really didn't know much about the academy until the last semester of my junior year,' said Feehrer. The soccer coach at the Air Force contacted me at a soccer tournament. He convinced me to visit the campus.'
Feehrer has been playing soccer for the past 13 years. His father, a basketball player in college, was hoping his son would follow in his footsteps. But Sam decided to go his own way and take up soccer. It turned out to be a good move.
He quickly improved his game, working his way up through club teams to where he is now in the Lehigh Valley. It is that club experience that will help him make the adjustment to Division 1 college soccer.
"I should have a decent shot at playing some as a freshman,' said Feehrer. "The position I'm filling is now held by a senior, so if I work hard and dedicate myself, I could see some playing time right away.'
Feehrer will join a team that struggled last fall with an overall record of 4-11-5. Feehrer will do everything he can to help reverse that record next season.