St. Thomas Siblings Follow Family Tradition

Tucker (left) and Tessa (right) Trettel Photo: Courtesy St. Thomas Athletic Department
Tucker (left) and Tessa (right) Trettel

October 19, 2017 01:44 PM

Tucker Trettel remembers the tape.

It featured highlights from one season of his father's standout career as a running back at St. Thomas.


When he was a kid, it was must-see viewing for a time.

"I'd watch it like 10 times a week," Tucker said of the footage of his father Gary, a two-time All-American during his three-year career with the Tommies from 1988-90. "I loved watching him play. He was a big role model for me."

Tucker is now a standout running back at St. Thomas himself. The junior out of Centennial High School has done a pretty good job upholding the family legacy.

With All-American Jordan Roberts out with a knee injury a year ago, the 5-foot-10, 202-pounder stepped up, carrying the ball 163 times for a team-best 988 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Roberts is back this season. And he, Trettel and sophomore Josh Parks have combined to give the Tommies a lot of depth in the offensive backfield.

But Trettel again leads the team in rushing with 58 carries for 399 yards and six touchdowns as St. Thomas (4-0 MIAC, 5-1 overall), ranked No. 6 in the nation in the most recent Division III national poll, prepares to face Hamline at 1:10 p.m. Saturday.

Of course, it isn't just Tucker furthering the family name at St. Thomas. His younger sister Tessa is a freshman forward on the Tommies' women's soccer team.

She has made an immediate impact, starting two games and seeing action in 12 heading into her team's matchup with Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wednesday.

She had already notched one goal and two assists.

"It's a cool deal," Gary Trettel said. "They've both worked really hard, and it's nice to see the success they're having. They're both making their own names for themselves, and that's good to see."

Games to watch: Week 8

Gustavus (2-2 MIAC, 3-3 overall) at St. John's (4-1 MIAC, 6-1 overall), 1 p.m. Saturday

The Johnnies - ranked No. 8 in the most recent Division III national poll - have outscored the opposition 84-3 in wins over Augsburg and Carleton the past two weeks. Senior Dusty Krueger ranks second in the MIAC in rushing yards (553) and is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (seven). The Gusties, meanwhile, are looking to rebound after falling 24-3 at home to Bethel last week.

Bemidji State (3-0 NSIC North, 5-2 overall) at Northern State (2-1 NSIC North, 3-4 overall), 2:30 p.m. Saturday

The Beavers are tied for first place with Minnesota-Duluth atop the North Division standings and won 40-14 at Minot State last week. Bemidji State rushed for a season-best 344 yards as a team in that game - led by junior Andrew Lackowski, who had a season-best 166 yards on 19 carries. He has now crossed the 150-yard mark in rushing two games in a row.

Carleton (0-5 MIAC, 0-7 overall) at St. Olaf, 1 p.m. Saturday

It's time to battle for the Goat. That would be the Goat Trophy, the prize that goes to the winner in this annual clash of Northfield schools. The Oles have now won two games in a row, including a 22-20 win over Augsburg last week. The three victories under first-year head coach James Kilian this season already give St. Olaf its best record since a 7-3 finish in 2012. The Knights, meanwhile, are averaging an MIAC-low 16.1 points per game and allowing a conference-high 43.4.

Tessa said her family's ties to St. Thomas played a role in her decision to attend the school, but the final call was her own.

"They obviously had an impact, but they wanted me to get a good education, and they would have been happy with wherever I chose to go," she said. "But it was pretty obvious I was going to end up at St. Thomas. I'd been on campus a lot during my junior and senior years of high school for Tucker's football games, and I really loved the place."

Gary Trettel was not the only successful college athlete in his marriage. His wife Paula played tennis at St. Cloud State.

Though she completed work on her master's degree at St. Thomas.

"So we're pretty much a Tommies family," Tucker said.

Tucker said his running style is different from what he saw of his father's.

"He was faster and shiftier," Tucker said. "I'm more of a downhill runner. But he had more speed on the edge."

St. Thomas coach Glenn Caruso is glad to have Tucker on board, and said family ties like the one he has to the school are important.

"One of the things I'm realizing after being here a decade now is that a lot of the passion and work ethic a guy has is usually instilled by his parents," Caruso said. "And to have guys like that - whose father played here and is a big part of our tradition - is just a great thing."

There is still one more Trettel sibling, a sister in the eighth grade at Centennial. She's already playing soccer. Though Tessa said it remains to be seen if she ends up at St. Thomas.

"Right now, it seems like she wants to go someplace a little further away," Tessa said. "But she's only in eighth grade now. Her mind could change in a few years."

In the meantime, there are already two members of the Trettel family continuing the family legacy on campus.

"The most important thing to us is their educations," Gary Trettel said, "and we think St. Thomas is such a great school. Then to see them be able to succeed in athletics on top of that is a nice bonus."


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