Joey DeVries has made his mark in three Havre sports as he has gone through his four years at Havre High.
DeVries has played hockey since the age of five, and has been a huge factor for the Havre Ice Hawks as the goalie. DeVries has also been a part of three state championships, two in squirts hockey and one in pee-wee. He also participates in track in field, throwing the shot put and discus.
But right now, DeVries is the anchor of the Blue Pony offensive line. Standing at 6-0, 235 pounds, He has been a starter for the last two seasons. And with his senior season winding down, DeVries hopes his solid play from the center postion will continue to help the Ponies work their way through the state playoffs.
Here's five questions with the latest DeVries to dominate in HHS's trenches.
HDN: The Ponies haven’t made it this far into the playoffs since they won it all in 2004, how important is it to play well in such a big game?
DeVries: “It is just great to be playing in November. We have a big game coming up and it is an honor to be on this team and to be playing this late in the season. The offensive line has to play well especially, we want to come out and score and score often.”
What is the most challenging thing about playing the center position?
DeVries: “Learning the defensive schemes and everything they are going to throw at you. You have to call the shots on the offensive line and be vocal.”
HDN: Your brother was also a talented lineman for HHS, how has it been following in his footsteps?
DeVries: “It is a little tough sometimes. He taught me a lot but it is tough because I am just trying to keep it going, the DeVries family. But it helped me too, because he taught me a bunch of stuff like staying low and lifting in the offseason. Him showing me just the little technique things that he has learned has been a real help.”
HDN: Do you have hopes of playing hockey or football at the college level?
DeVries: “Mostly football right now, there aren’t too many 240-pound goalies out there. Hockey was just something fun to play, and I am focused on football right now. My brother plays for Carroll, so that would be kind of cool to have two brothers on the same team.”
HDN: For you, what has been the best part about your senior season?
DeVries: “Going undefeated in the conference season was huge. And earning a conference championship was huge too, but now we just have to keep it going in the playoffs and hopefully make it to that state championship game in Havre. That would be the best.”