Zach Rahm: ‘I just try to get everyone involved’

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By Tommie Kendall

It’s hard to miss him. Whether it be on the football field, at school during Pep Rallies or in the stands at basketball games, it’s hard to miss Zach Rahm. The senior at Henry County High School sticks out, and he makes a point to get everyone else involved, too.

During the fall, the 5-foot-10 Rahm was a hard-nosed football player who wore number 46 and was an emotional leader for the Henry squad. With his fired-up attitude, he was an easy one to spot running in and out of the huddle and along the sideline. Thanks to players like Rahm — who had the skills along with the heart, and played with emotion — the Wildcats were able win 10 games for the first time in school history and advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3-A State Playoffs.

During the two Pep Rallies held inside the high school’s gym this school year, Rahm was selected to lead all activities. With a microphone in hand, the students continuously reacted to Rahm with hoots and hollers. At mid-court, he led both the football and basketball Pep Rallies during Homecoming Week. He was even voted the Senior Homecoming King last month.

But it was standing in front of the student section at basketball games where Rahm really left his mark. The student-based section has grown over the past few years, with large part due to Rahm and other students who decided to provide as much support as possible for the Henry players. It helped bring excitement back to Henry County basketball.

“I just try to get everyone involved and have fun while we’re doing it,” Zach said. “Plus, I get joy from getting our fans cheering and getting in the other team’s head. It’s fun.”

The Local used to point out a DQ Fan of the Week for each Wednesday’s issue. The winner’s face was circled in an ad and received a free ice-cream cake from Dairy Queen. I still get comments at each game about this. I believe Rahm was circled as that fan a couple of times over the last few years, mainly because he was by-far the top cheerer at most basketball games. His enthusiasm appeared contagious with others getting in on the action as well. It definitely had a positive effect on the players.

The student section even started a theme for each game, dressing as nerds one game, then construction workers, then they had a toga night. Rahm also used a dry-erase whiteboard to give instructions to the fans, resembling a coach in a huddle during a timeout. Clever chants could be heard during entire games.

“It’s kind of the same thrill I get from playing,” said Zach, who currently plays baseball for Henry and plans on playing football in college next year. “Of course it’s not the exact same as actually playing, but it’s still lots of fun.”

Both Henry County High School basketball teams ended their seasons last week in the opening round of the 31st District tournament — the Henry girls lost to Owen County on Tuesday night and the Henry boys lost to Owen on Wednesday. The Cats said goodbye to seven boys and three girls who were seniors, but they will also be missing another key piece when they take to the court again: Zach Rahm.

Whether it be on the football field, at school Pep Rallies or in the stands at basketball games, Rahm will be missed. He is the true DQ Fan of the Week.

Tommie Kendall can be reached at (502)845-2858 or sports@hclocal.com.