Sycamore defensive back, shortstop and submarine pitcher earns area's top honor
SYCAMORE – Lisa and Chris Carlsen never forced their son, Zach, to play sports.
They simply asked him to pursue something he was passionate about. Coincidentally, Carlsen’s passion happened to fall in line with his parents'.
His father, Chris, is a lifelong baseball coach, and his mother, Lisa, is the Northern Illinois women’s basketball coach. Carlsen developed an early passion for baseball and picked up football at the beginning of high school.
“The first time he picked up a bat, he fell in love with it,” Lisa said. “From the first time he put on a helmet, he’s always loved football.”