There’s a quaintness that comes with living in Plain City.
The small-town atmosphere, the family feel and the comfort of knowing everyone around you is somebody you know at least through someone else.
Athletes who attend Jonathan Alder High School and are good enough to go off to play their sports in college are often in search of that same small-school environment they grew up in.
Recent Alder graduate Alex Moore, a soccer standout with the Pioneers, recently found his small-school home away from home when he committed to play at Defiance College.
“It’s small, not too big, you can get to just about everything by walking,” Moore said. “I love it. It’s a small school but it reminded me of home.
“I was looking for a school that had that home feel. There’s no place like home, but Defiance made me feel comfortable.”
Moore was a two-time captain for the Pioneers and played on varsity teams which won three Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championships and finished second in another.
Individually the standout was twice a first team Division II All-Central District selection and earned All-MOAC honors three times.
He’ll be joining a Defiance program that’s currently rebuilding under coach Jordan Valentine. The squad was 5-9-4 a year ago.
“They recently got a new coach and he’s kind of restarting the program,” Moore said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of something that’s new.”
Moore experienced a number of ups and downs as a member of the Alder boys squad. The Pioneers won their fair share of games and league championships, but failed to deliver a coveted district championship.
“Playing at Alder helped me grow as a player and a teammate,” he said. “I learned that you’re not going to win every game, but you can win the next one. If things don’t go your way you can always work on winning the next one.”
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