Sports Spotlight: Axtell Freshman Beating the Odds

AXTELL (September 15, 2013) -- In football, most people don't look up to a 5-foot-5 high school freshman.

But in Axtell, Trey Tingle is a role model.

Not because he's the star, but simply because he has the strength to show up.

Trey suffered six strokes when he was born and as a result, developed cerebral palsy.

Despite being partially paralyzed on his right side, Trey wanted to play football.

"No. That was my first reaction," head coach Mike Cadell said.

"He used my words against me which was, 'mom you said I could do anything I set my mind to," Trey's mom, Andrea Tingle, said.

His parents have never treated him differently and their encouragement has led to some pretty remarkable things.

Trey can catch the ball over and over again with just one good arm. He can squat more than 200 pounds with just one good leg and he can run a mile in 5 minutes and 40 seconds.

"There's nothing I can't do and if there is, I'll try to do it to my best," Trey said.

"He's pretty much unstoppable," Axtell lineman Kameran Scott said.

"When Trey Tingle gets something in his mind that he wants to do, nothing's going to stop him," assistant coach Andy Thorne said.

And he'll keep trying, as an inspiration to his team.

"He inspires me a lot, really a lot," Axtell wide receiver Trey Meredith said.

"He inspires me. I think about that all the time," Cadell said.

"It's a proud moment for a mother and father to see one of their kids out there with cerebral palsy," Trey's dad, David Tingle, said. "And he makes me so proud every day."


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