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By Jeff Pack

Athlete of the Week: Battle helping Warriors lacrosse to fight in 2019


Last updated 3/27/2019 at 1:38pm

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Senior defender Caleb Battle has helped the Fallbrook High School Warriors boys' lacrosse team to a 4-0 start this season.

Senior Caleb Battle has a goal of someday becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.

The Fallbrook High School JROTC member has leadership qualities that he hopes will help the 2019 Warriors boys' lacrosse team to a successful season.

"Caleb is now a senior, and I feel he has matured as an amazing young man," Warriors coach Mike Zinniger said. "He is not only a great lacrosse player, but he is polite, respectful of all coaches and parents and a mentor to all the younger players. As a student, he gets good grades and is a leader in the JROTC program."

And Zinniger said that leadership has paid off for the Warriors who have jumped out to a 4-0 record this season.

"His leadership and mentoring of younger players has brought a unity to the team," Zinniger said. "He is one of the captains, and the kids respect and look up to him. Plus, he is a really good defenseman.

"He's just a great kid. He is reliable and set an example to the other kids," he said.

Battle said he picked up the sport as a freshman and has played on the varsity for two years.

"I loved the sportsmanship and camaraderie," he said about why he picked up the sport. "It keeps me in good shape and helps with my eye-hand coordination."

Battle said he's hoping this year's team will have a strong record and that he has a personal goal of scoring at least once this season, even as a defender.

So far, his favorite memory was when the team went to the finals during his first year on the varsity team.

While he said he doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, he would like to continue playing in college before joining the military. He said he may attend Palomar College if he doesn't go straight into the Navy.

Get to know Caleb Battle

Favorite subject?

History because it has always interested me.

School group?


Favorite team?

Navy Midshipmen football and lacrosse

Favorite athlete?

I don't have one.

Favorite band/musical artist?

I don't have one.

Favorite TV show?

"Designated Survivor"

Favorite movie?

"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"


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