“I went to train one day and gave it a try, it wasn’t too bad,” Christner said. “Zero training. I play football all year round… I thought it couldn’t be much different. So I just gave it a try and everything went well.
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Christner said the football and soccer team coaches made it easy for him to play both sports and he continues to be a key member of the Lebanon men’s soccer team. He’s tied for most goals of the season, with eight, and has five assists for the Warriors.
He appreciated the camaraderie of the football team and said his teammates fully accepted him even though he was of necessity a part-time participant in their training sessions.
“It wasn’t hard to balance at all,” Christner said.
The football team doesn’t have a staff kicking coach this season, so a lot of their learning process has been trial and error. He trains at least once a week with snapper Luke Taylor and holder Nathaniel Gourley.
A few weeks ago Josh Sandberg, a former kicker who has been on the Lebanon coaching staff in the past, came to a practice and gave some advice to the kicker unit. Christner said it helped and they’ve been more consistent in the last two games.
“The timing comes pretty quickly. The more you do it, the more you reduce it, ”Christner said.