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Trinity's Dakota Prochnow: The desire to win and compete

Senior Dakota Prochnow plays every sport for the same reason

Posted: August 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Knights senior two-way player Dakota Prochnow accounted for 31 touchdowns and made 12 interceptions for Trinity Classical Academy in 2011.

It doesn’t seem to matter what questions you ask him about football.

Trinity Classical Academy senior Dakota Prochnow answers the same way and with the same conviction.

“Winning,” he laughs. “I love winning.”

That’s what he wants to be known for when he leaves Trinity.

It’s why he enjoys playing sports in general, especially a position like quarterback, because it puts him in control.

“Other than his desire to glorify God, winning is probably the thing that pushes him most,” says teammate Chris Buchanan. “He just has such a desire, not only in sports, but in everything he does.”

There’s that word is again. Winning. That word that constantly fuels his fire and passion for the game.

Prochnow is entering his third season with Trinity, which is also entering its third year as a varsity team.

Last year, he played quarterback and free safety and excelled at both. In 8-man football, a quarterback has to run, throw and possess great field awareness because of the sport’s propensity for option plays.

Not a problem for Prochnow, as the team’s leading passer and rusher last year. But not even his 800 yards and 17 touchdowns passing along with 778 yards and 14 scores on the ground tell you everything you need to know about him.

“He’s definitely a crazy hard worker and he has a great work ethic and he gives 100 percent all the time,” says senior teammate Donny MacAdam. “And really pushes those around him to succeed.”

Prochnow was also an All-CIF defensive selection in CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II with 12 interceptions, by far the most on the team.

In addition, he led Trinity with 13 passes defended and was fifth on the team with 91 tackles.

It doesn’t stop there.

Prochnow plays shortstop and pitcher for the school’s baseball team, for which he’s earned All-CIF honors the past two seasons in Southern Section Division VII.

“He’s an amazing athlete,” says Buchanan, who is also Trinity’s baseball head coach. “I’ve coached Major League Baseball players in my past and he shows all the attributes that I’ve seen from players that have made it from high school all the way to the pros.”

For the first time last year, Prochnow played basketball for Trinity, and he plans to join the school’s new club wrestling team this winter.

No time for hobbies, Prochnow says. It’s all sports all the time.

But right now, he has some unfinished business to attend to on the football field.

As impressive as last season was for Trinity to steam roll through an undefeated regular season and make a deep playoff run, it left Prochnow wanting more.

He wants to bring home Trinity’s first CIF championship banner of any kind.

Last season gave him a taste, but the Knights went down 52-32 to Cuyama Valley in the 8-man Division II semifinal.

It was Trinity’s only loss of the season, but one that Prochnow had difficulty letting go of.

“Dakota’s probably watched that game 100 times,” Buchanan says.

After that, Prochnow vowed to never be caught off guard like that again.

It seems his dislike for losing is equivalent to his desire to win.

“It bothered him a lot,” Chris Buchanan says of the Cuyama game. “He played great that game running the ball. He pushed until the very end almost until he couldn’t run anymore.”

But in Prochnow’s mind, it wasn’t quite good enough.

Other than a championship, he couldn’t think of any other objective for his senior year.

“I don’t really have any individual goals,” Prochnow says “I just want to win to be honest and get far in the playoffs.”

It’s hard to get him to talk about anything else.


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