Knupp shows ability
Most people who follow Washington High School athletics have gotten familiar with Tanner Knupp’s name.
Whether it’s through football, wrestling, track or baseball, the recent graduate of Washington High has been busy throughout his high school career.
After the athletics and academics, there isn’t much time left over for other things, but the multi-sport athlete has been busy working on his family’s farm the entire time, including showing cattle for the last nine years.
“This is my ninth year in 4-H, and I’ve done pigs and calves ever since fourth grade,” Knupp said. “It’s just a hobby I have, growing up on a farm, and it’s something I’ll miss a lot next year, because the fair is fun to go to because you have animals, but it’s a little different to go and support and not be active
Knupp will be showing his steer, Toby, at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show on Aug. 9, the first time the Washington County 4-H will have a representative in the show.
All the proceeds from the show go to the Ronald McDonald Houses across Iowa.
With Knupp involved in so many activities, it can make for a full day for the future Iowa State student.
“My mornings usually start from 5 to 7 in the morning, and in the summertime when we have lifting, my mornings start at 5 a.m.,” Knupp said. “I get up and wash calves and pigs, and get my other chores done before I start lifting so I don’t have to make an extra trip home, because I’d go to work after, then do practice and go back home and then do it all over again so they are done for the night. If you have time you go hang out with friends; if not, you go to bed and do it all over. If we are loading pigs in the morning that usually starts at 3:30 a.m., and the nights still end at 10.”
Most recently, Knupp was named to the first-team All-Conference and second team All-District for baseball, after putting together a .367 average from the leadoff spot.
Knupp, who will be majoring in agriculture systems technology while at Iowa State, said while the mornings can be tough, he wouldn’t trade it for
“When the alarm clock rings at 3 a.m., sometimes you just want to throw your phone across the room and not get up,” Knupp said. “But you are young once and it’s an experience I never regret. I can’t imagine living in the city, because it is so much more fun in the country. Watching crops grow from summer to fall is always interesting, and some people might say ‘that looks like paint drying,’ but I don’t even know what you’d do in town for fun.”
The steer show will be at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.