This is the year Jaret Fidler has made a name for himself, albeit after waiting his turn.
Jaret’s brother Tyler, a 2015 graduate from Centennial, was a standout swimmer at the school before attending UCLA.
Another brother, Grant, was a star with the Golden Hawks soccer program. Grant finished his 2017 senior season with 31 goals and 15 assists, and now plays collegiately at UC Davis.
And Jaret’s mother, Bryce, is an English teacher at Centennial, and is also the yearbook and newspaper instructor at the school.
With that said, the 2017-18 academic year has been Jaret’s time to shine. He has starred on the soccer field — Fidler said he has 21 goals and 13 assists through 21 games this season. Three times, he said, he’s recorded a hat trick.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Fidler also plays with some flash and swagger that is indicative of a confident player.
Last year, Fidler said his goals were down primarily because he was assisting to his older brother. Grant’s departure, however, has helped Jaret make a name all to himself.
“I realized Grant was the big part that we lost — we kept most of the same team. We just needed another star player,” Jaret said. “Everyone was telling me that I have to be the next Grant. My thought was, I had to step up. Fill his shoes, pretty much. But I knew I could do it.”
The Golden Hawks are first overall in the Southwest Yosemite League with a perfect 6-0 league record under head coach Jeff Vaughn.
Fidler said the team got off to a slow start this year, but has rounded into form with improved health on the roster and an attacking mentality.
True to form, during last week’s 2-1 win over Liberty, the Golden Hawks picked up their play when they were the aggressors down the stretch.
“We’re more of a second-half team,” Fidler pointed out. “We start off slow, and just build confidence more and more.”
Centennial looks to keep its hot streak in league going this week, when it plays at Bakersfield High on Monday and hosts Stockdale on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.