While the “Slalom Hills” of Sioux City pale in comparison to mountains around the world, senior Garrett Temme has a collegiate pinnacle view.
Reflecting on his decision out of Boone Central High School, the fifth-year business administration major is glad he picked the Siouxland over an option for Doane College. “I’m not sure I would have gained the opportunities I’ve received here anywhere else,” he said. “It’s been so much fun on and off the field, but especially in football. Going places with guys who are such good friends is something I’ll never forget (about this place).
“My enjoying being around (the football program) was one of the big reasons I came back (for a fifth year),” he added.
A preseason tradition developed by head coach Steve Ryan has aided Temme and previous Mustangs’ collegiate journeys, allowing them to be part of a lofty summit. Morningside’s head coach takes his senior student-athletes to Colorado for a climbing and bonding event before the season begins.
“You know it’s going to be hard, having heard the stories of seniors before you,” Temme said. “Everyone has that mindset going in.
“(The trip) is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” he added. “We left at 3:30/4 a.m. this year and made our way up to the top of Pike’s Peak … it took us until around 11 a.m. or noon. It’s 13 miles of walking and working together to reach the summit. It was a gradual descent (this year), but when we did Mount Bedford (in 2018) it was six miles straight up. It tested everybody.”
The climbing and getting to the top of the mountain is just part of the trip, according to Temme, who has been able to do so twice. “We discuss our motto (for the year) … talking about how we want the season to go from a leadership perspective,” he noted.
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