Chaparral receiver makes transition from the hardwood to the gridiron

A view of Robby Kriske in action during a recent practice at Chaparral High School. (Submitted photo)

A view of Robby Kriske in action during a recent practice at Chaparral High School. (Submitted photo)

From hardwood to hard knocks, senior wide receiver Robby Kriske is making the transition from playing basketball to one of the biggest offensive weapons on Chaparral High School’s football team.

“The great thing about being a dual-sport athlete is that I get to develop different physical skills throughout the year. It improves my strength, speed and endurance,” said Kriske.

But being a dual-sport athlete did not come easy for Kriske.

“We played in a lot of seven-on-seven games and if we threw 15 deep balls to him, he dropped 10,” said CHS Head Coach Thomas Lewis. “His footwork and everything was a mess, but over the last two years of developing him, he’s turned out to be a really good receiver.”

Ace Justin, Chaparral wide receiver coach, said Kriske is a big and physical receiver who goes up for the ball and pays attention to details.

“Kriske’s a student of the game, when he comes into the locker room or our meetings, he’s never going to be a kid that’s falling asleep,” said Coach Lewis. “He’s very cerebral, he wants to learn and wants to listen to what you have to tell him.”

Coach Lewis said Kriske has been the player Chaparral goes to when it needs a big play because he’s a mismatch at 6 feet 5 inches.

“We push him a lot in practice to the best that he can be. We tell him every ball that touches his hands, he has to catch,” said Coach Lewis.

However, Kriske welcomes the challenge.

“My favorite part of playing wide receiver is that I have the opportunity to finish making the play,” said Kriske.

“I love moving to that open space and then swooping in to catch the ball from the quarterback.”

Coach Justin said Kriske is a great teammate and one of the leaders of the receiving core.

“I don’t see Robby having a ceiling as long as he puts in the work,” said Coach Lewis. “What I see now with Robby, is that it’s starting to click and he’s having success, so he wants more.”

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