Soccer season this fall wasn’t normal, but what was normal was the great play in goal by Sandwich senior all-star Tim Clark. The Knights’ last line of defense was certainly one of the most reliable keepers in the Cape and Islands League, and has been for the last few years.
Now that soccer is done, Clark is looking forward to one more spin around the ice with the varsity ice hockey team, where he plays defense. The son of Deb and Andrew Clark is a hard worker on and off the field. He said history has been his favorite subject in school, and his most-prized possession is his truck.
“Miracle” is Tim’s favorite movie, and “Gold Rush” is his favorite TV show. Migos is his favorite band. His go-to meal is a great steak.
How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved with soccer at the rec level when I was probably in 3rd grade. It was just something all my friends did that I thought was fun so I joined and had a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed soccer and the high school soccer experience has been full of really good memories and it will be something I will remember being a part of for a long time.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was excited. I was pretty optimistic throughout the summer, so I was relieved when the news came out that we were having a season.
Soccer underwent some drastic rule changes this year. How did they change the game for you? Also, as a hockey player, do you think that the rule changes that they’re talking about for this coming season will affect the game negatively?
The rule changes completely changed the game. No throw-ins meant that I had to treat the kick-ins like a corner kick, which was probably the biggest change. Originally for hockey when they were talking about no checking during the season I was pretty frustrated because I felt as though we could take the precautions in order to keep hockey the same. Now we are required to wear masks all the time, which allows us to check and play the game as normal which has been nice and I think it has a positive outlook from here on out.
Goalies have to have a certain mindset to be successful. How do you remain positive when things don’t work out?
I just try to have a short memory and that’s the best way to do things, I believe. I try and forget about the last goal that went in and just focus on the next shot that comes in.
With the season concluding, are you pleased with how your season has gone?
I wish we had won a couple of more games, but we weren’t out of many games, which was pretty fun. It was overall a good season and it was a good way to top things off as a senior.
You play defense on the boys’ ice hockey team. What do you think the prospects are for the upcoming season? How much are you looking forward to getting back on the ice?
I can’t wait to get back on the ice for the high school season. It is something I look forward to every single season, so I am very excited that it is now only a couple weeks away. As long as we play as a team, I think this year could be something special for all of us involved.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
It would probably say that I am a hard worker and I read the game well, especially in hockey.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would replay the Canal Cup game for hockey that happened my junior year. It was a great atmosphere and it was one of the last major events I took part in before COVID changed everything for everyone. The sound of the crowd once we hit the ice for warm-ups is something I will never forget and I have high hopes of that same feeling for this upcoming Canal Cup in February.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I think the highlight of my athletic career so far is the two goals I had against Southeastern in hockey last season. There was a goal I had in the second period, which was a good shot that helped my team out but I also scored another one with 40 seconds left in the 3rd period to tie the game up and it was such a good feeling.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate during high school that I have played with that always puts their team first is Zach Brooks. He graduated two years ago with the Class of 2019 and he played hockey with me my sophomore year on varsity. He helped me get acclimated to playing at the varsity level as well as getting to know him and others. He is very humble and he helped out a lot of the underclassmen over the course of that season. He had always just put the needs of the team over his own, which I had looked up to.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
Yes, so for hockey I get superstitious about the way I warm up and prepare for games before going onto the ice. I always like to get out of my dress clothes and change into my warm-ups as quick as possible so I can throw headphones on and begin to warm up right away. I usually start with taping my sticks, which I also get superstitious about how I tape them each time. Then I begin to stretch and get myself warmed up overall. If I do it right every time, then I feel really good once I get on the ice.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I have learned from playing sports is hard work and dedication. In order to be good at a sport you need to be committed and work hard at it, which has taught me a lot throughout the years, especially at the high school level.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
For the most part I had just worked on shooting pucks. Every year I make a commitment to get a harder and more-accurate shot in hockey. My shot is something I am definitely proud of.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I want to thank my parents first of all because they spent countless hours driving me to hockey games and tournaments all over New England and New York as well as actually encouraging me to play hockey and soccer. They push me every day to become better, not just in sports but overall which I really appreciate. Next I would like to thank all the soccer and hockey coaches I have had over the years because without them I most likely wouldn’t be competing in high school hockey or soccer if it wasn’t for them.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I visited was Toronto because I enjoyed being in the city as well as seeing the hockey Hall of Fame. I would eventually like to go to Montreal and watch a Bruins game there.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The most obvious difference is my maturity level and how I carry myself now versus how I had carried myself then. If I could give myself advice I would tell myself to start working harder at everything including sports a little bit sooner and that it would pay off in the future.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
People would be surprised to learn that I used to play baseball. I had played up until 8th grade and now I don’t have much interest in the sport anymore. Whenever a conversation about Little League comes up people are surprised when they remember I used to play with them.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would want to switch places with Victor Hedman, a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning, for a week. I would do that because he is one of the most hyped-up players in the NHL right now and I like the way he acts as a leader and I think it would be a cool experience to see his leadership from his point of view. He also just won the [Stanley] Cup so I would want to spend the week with the Cup as well.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
The perfect day is a Saturday in January when it is a game day for hockey, and the ponds are frozen. An afternoon high school hockey game and then going with friends from the team to go skate on a pond and play pickup hockey is the best. All of my friends enjoy doing it and we could be out there for hours at a time. There is nothing like it.
What are your post-high school plans?
I plan on attending a four-year school and majoring in construction management. I also have thoughts of starting a business as well as attending school.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I hope I have a successful job with a house and a family.