CHURUBUSCO — Joey Emenhiser is used to winning, and he doesn’t expect that to change any time soon. The Churubusco senior signed to continue his football career at Trine University March 13, and will suit up for the Thunder after they posted a 10-1 record in 2018.
“I like winning, and I figured it would be a good place to go to get to win,” Emenhiser said. “(Trine Head Coach Troy Abbs) seems like he’s on top of everything and he really wants to win and has put the program together, and I’m excited to play for him.”
Among several contributions to the Churubusco football program, Emenhiser has been a key component on special teams — wearing hats as a placekicker, punter and return specialist. He isn’t sure what his exact role will be at Trine, but he said he expects to kick in some capacity.
“I’m just going in with a mindset of working hard, and we’ll see where it goes from there,” he said.
For his efforts as a senior at Churubusco, Emenhiser was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State Team in 2018. He made 71 tackles on defense for the Eagles, including 36 solos and three for loss in his final season. He also intercepted three passes and broke up five passes, as well as making 47 of 48 extra-point kicks and both of his field goal attempts. He had 12 touchbacks in 64 kickoffs and had a punting average of 38 yards in 26 attempts.
“From ‘Busco, putting in the hard work and everything, I hope Trine is the same way in the way the coaches have taught me,” he said.
Emenhiser plans to study mechanical engineering — something he said he has had an interest in over the years. When it came time to select a college, he turned down an offer from Rose-Hulman in favor of Trine, largely because of its affordability.
“They have a good engineering school, the price is right and I really like the coaches and the people there,” he said.