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VMS spotlight – Howdy Tuthill

His name is Howard Tuthill Jr. But, whether he’s playing soccer for Vail Mountain or lacing the hockey skates for Battle Mountain, he’s better known as Howdy. “My real name’s Howard. I don’t know how I got it. I’ve been Howdy forever,” Tuthill said. Whatever you call him, he’s a handful for the opponent, which will be St. Mary’s today at 11:30 a.m., as a part of VMS’ Homecoming festivities.

Here’s the rundown on Tuthill:

Date of birth: Sept 27, 1985

Parents: Howard and Lisa Tuthill

Siblings: Meggie, VMS sophomore, Josie, VMS sixth-grader

Also plays: Battle Mountain hockey

Compare soccer and hockey: “There’s a lot of things that are the same, a lot of the plays.”

Does soccer help for hockey?: “Yeah, it does. It’s a good training sport.”

Soccer of hockey?: Hockey

What’s your first hockey memory? “Pushing each other around on chairs.”

What’s it like to score a goal?: “It’s fun. It’s an accomplishment. It’s hard work to get a goal in soccer, a lot harder than it is in hockey.”

What’s fun about VMS soccer?: “Everyone’s really close. There’s a good attitude. Everybody’s serious when they need to be. Everyone’s got a good attitude and wants to have fun.”

What’s it like to be a senior?: “I don’t know. I don’t think it’s really hit me. It’s weird that no one’s older than you. No one’s bigger than you.”

How’s the new field?: “It’s awesome. It can get a little hot, but it’s awesome.”

How excited are you for Homecoming?: “A second shot at St. Mary’s is big because we can beat them. We’ve just got to play the same way we did last game. There were five minutes when we fell asleep, and that’s when the scored their goals.”

College plans: Applying to University of Montana, Boston College and Boston University

Career plans: Physical therapy

Favorite sport to watch: Hockey

Favorite team: Colorado Avalanche

Favorite player: Chris Drury

Mac or PC: PC

Favorite pizza slice: Green peppers, onions and mushrooms

Favorite drink: Water

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite hobby: Climbing

Favorite climbing spot: “In Red Cliff, in the canyon”

Favorite types of music: Country or rap

Favorite musician: Garth Brooks

Favorite movie: Top Gun

Maverick or Goose?: Maverick

Favorite movie star: Johnny Depp

Favorite TV show: The Simpsons

Favorite Simpsons character: Homer

Favorite video game: Tony Hawke II

Favorite ice cream: Bailey’s

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?: Pine

If you were ruler of the world for one day, what would you do?: “I’d make a lot of money.”

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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