Satisky gets his kicks with 2 Silver Streaks teams, football and soccer

Michael Trueblood
Special to The Register-Mail
Galesburg High School junior Sam Satisky pulls double-duty for the Silver Streaks, both as a place-kicker on the football team, and a starter on the soccer team.

GALESBURG — Galesburg High School football coach Derrek Blackwell hasn't forgotten the first time he saw Sam Satisky kick a football.

"It was the first day he showed up last year," said Blackwell, whose 1-3 team is preparing for Friday's 7 p.m. homecoming game with 3-1 Quincy.

"John Rehn, a senior who did the kicking for us last year brought him to practice and said, 'I found the new kicker for when I leave.'

"He stepped in and kicked a PAT that went all the way to the track and we all went 'Wow.' We were astonished."

Satisky, also the leading scorer for the Silver Streaks soccer team, has not stopped impressing those who watch him.

Stepping in as a varsity starter when Rehn got hurt last year, he hasn't missed an extra point kick in two seasons and except for two kicks that were blocked a year ago, has missed just one field goal. He can boot kickoffs into the endzone with ease and also handles the Streaks' punting chores.

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Satisky, who has played soccer since he was 5 years old, remembers that first day of football, too.

"I talked to John on the phone the night before and he told me, 'I have football in the morning' and I jokingly said, 'I'll come,'" he said.

"It seemed like it would be fun and I thought I could be reasonably decent at it."

Thanks to the help of some summertime kicking camps, Satisky has been far better than that. Blackwell has even called him one of the best in the state.

He's pretty good on the soccer pitch, too. 

Satisky leads the Streaks, who are 6-3-2 after a 6-1 loss Thursday to Quincy, with 15 goals from his striker position.

"He's a tall lad," said Phil Redington, GHS boys soccer coach. "Tall enough to get up and win some headers.

"But it's his craftiness that's impressive. He buries the kicks that he needs to.

"I'm certainly excited to see him finish out the next 1 1/2 years."

In part because Satisky has a shot at the school's single season goals record of 24 set by Jacob Krisher and can dare to dream about John Kimbell's career goals record.

After that it could be college soccer or football, depending on the opportunities. Although Satisky claims to like both sports equally, he does admit one has an edge over the other.

"It's probably soccer a little more because I've been with it my whole life," he said. 

"I play for great teams on both sides. Coach Redington and coach Blackwell have been really good role models and help me with everything I do."

And the cooperative relationship between the two coaches makes the sometimes hectic dual practice and game schedule Satisky maintains more manageable.

"It requires a lot of maturity on his part taking care of everything for both teams," said Redington of his star player.

Already, there's another athlete in uniform preparing to take Satisky's place on both squads when he leaves.

Freshman Nicolas Makwala is handing the kicking chores for the Streaks freshman-sophomore team.

Friday's football: Quincy coming in off record-setting game

Quincy will be coming off a record-setting performance when it hits Van Dyke Field on Friday.

Sophomore quarterback Bradyn Little, son of Blue Devils' coach Rick Little, threw for five touchdowns and 373 yards in a 49-14 win over United Township last week. Both were Quincy school records.

"They have a good group of young guys who have been together for awhile," said Blackwell. 

"The quarterback is the coach's son and you can tell."

Blackwell said it looks like his senior quarterback Tristan Legate will miss his second straight game after suffering a high ankle sprain against Sterling two weeks ago. 

Junior Gino Williams played quarterback for the Streaks last week and led the team with 15 carries for 89 rushing yards. He also was 11-for-14 passing for 112 yards in a 21-7 loss at Geneseo.

"He's explosive," said Blackwell of Williams. "He's going to make plays with his legs.

"We've got a little more in the playbook this week. It should be a little more exciting."

Galesburg will travel to Rock Island next week.