Many people would offer a quick “no thanks” when looking at the daily schedule Trevor Timm keeps.
Then again, most people aren’t Trevor Timm.
Up and out of his home in Wabasha before the sun is fully awake, on the road to Rochester for 8:15 a.m. hockey practice, back to Wabasha for school, football practice at 3:30, homework at 6.
And Timm is only a high school senior. Somehow, he manages to find time to be a teenager, too.
“Determination, work ethic, integrity … all the things he sacrifices just to be here and make it work,” Rochester Ice Hawks head coach Eric Hofmann replied when asked what sets Timm apart. “He’s so successful because of what he does when no one else is looking.”
Hard work is all Timm has ever known.
He’s a strong student, a captain on the football team — he never leaves the field for the Falcons; he’s a starting quarterback and linebacker — and a gritty forward for the Ice Hawks.
“It’s a lot of work in the fall, especially with football games on Friday nights, your body gets pretty beat up,” said the 6-foot, 190-pound Timm, who turned 18 on Oct. 6. “Sometimes (the Ice Hawks) are playing on Saturdays, so it can be a lot.
“But the (Ice Hawks) team here is great. They’re great teammates, very supportive … just a great group.
Timm’s round-trip drives to and from Rochester for hockey practice, and games are nothing new. His dad, who also played youth hockey as a grade-schooler, helped Trevor get started in the sport, in a youth league in Wabasha. That program ends for kids once they’re done with sixth grade, so Trevor played several years of youth hockey in Winona.
He then played on a summer team coached by former Ice Hawks head coach Nick Fatis, who liked Timm’s ability and work ethic. A year ago, Timm made the Ice Hawks roster out of training camp as a then-16-year-old.
“He was a little raw, but had so much determination, even when he’d get beaten around in practice,” Hofmann said. “It would be easy for a kid to say ‘this isn’t for me; it’s not what I want to do,’ but he kept working.
“You can’t teach that kind of work ethic.”
Timm has played in 23 games for the Ice Hawks between last season and this season. He plays his role well for the Ice Hawks, battling for the puck in the corners, getting to the net and making life tough on opposing goalies, and making things difficult for opposing forwards in the Ice Hawks’ zone.
He does the same thing on Fridays for Wabasha-Kellogg’s football team. He is among the team leaders in rushing yards and tackles for a Falcons squad that is 3-4, but having one of its better seasons in recent history.
“We’ve played against a lot of tough teams, three teams ranked in the top 10 in the state,” Timm said. “We’re battling some injuries; we’ve lost some key players; we’re hurting, for sure, but overall we’re pretty happy with how we’ve done.
“It’s a great group of guys, and we’re battling together.”
W-K closes its regular season Wednesday night with a long trip to Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton. The Falcons will open the playoffs six days later. Timm’s leadership will be relied upon even more in the coming weeks, with several key veterans out with injuries.
“He’s an outstanding kid, a very well-balanced kid, academically and athletically,” W-K head coach Tim Klingbeil said. “He has a really good relationship with his friends and family. He’s always helping others, just a really good kid. It’s been fun to watch him mature.”
And while the Ice Hawks hope Timm’s high school football career has another month left in it, they’ll welcome him with open arms when he’s back with them full-time.
“He’s a work horse,” Hofmann said. “He’ll give you everything he has and will do whatever is asked of him.