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GLANDORF — Joseph Potthoff said his friends and teammates consider him a big guy with big spirit. Potthoff, a senior at Ottawa-Glandorf High School, serves as spirit captain for the Titans varsity football team. “During the game, I get everybody pumped up on the sidelines. I'm loud. I love the sport. I'm a guy. It's football,” he said with a laugh. “It's pretty consistent that Friday night, I yell so much, come the next morning, my voice is completely gone. I love being with my team and learning the game, really. I'm not a great player, but I love the game.”Potthoff, a special-teams player for the Titans, said he takes pride in the role he plays as spirit captain. “That's something that's been handed down, senior to senior, every year,” he said, “and after the game, I lead prayer at the 50-yard line. That's a big part of it, too.”Last summer, Potthoff said, he enjoyed helping with the youth football camp at Ottawa-Glandorf. “I got to help with the little kids. We had a lot of fun with it, and there were a couple of home games where I heard some kids chanting my name, and that's pretty cool, knowing you made a good impression,” he said.Potthoff also volunteered with the football team in helping set up the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall last summer for the Ottawa-Glandorf Jaycees at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.“That was neat, seeing all the names of the people who gave their lives for our country in Vietnam. It was pretty moving,” he said.In addition to football, Potthoff said, at Ottawa-Glandorf, he enjoys sharing his spirit through his performances with the show choir. He sings bass. “It's fun. Even if I'm terrible, I like to go out there and make people laugh and entertain,” he said.Potthoff also sings in chorale at Ottawa-Glandorf and the choir at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Cloverdale. “I'm a member of St. John's in Glandorf, but I sing in the choir at Cloverdale. It's for my grandpa, Urban Boecker. He passed away last fall,” he said. “He always sang in the choir, and a couple of years ago, I started singing with him, and I've been doing it ever since.”Potthoff said he plans on a career teaching high school math. “My third grade teacher, Mrs. (Annette) McKee, got me interested in math, and ever since then, I've loved math,” he said. “I put a lot into school. Football players usually get a bad rap for not exactly being book smart, but I work hard in school and keep my grades up so, hopefully, I can get a scholarship.”

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