Raised by a single mother as one of seven sons, Ochothow grew up with the advice that if he was to be successful in sports, good grades would be needed to earn the scholarships needed to go to college.
âMom always said to me, ‘If you want to play in a good place, knowing that the money is not (available), grades can help you a lot,’â Ochothow said, noting his GPA of 3. , 83.
Ochothow dreams of playing professional basketball someday, but if that doesn’t work out, he wants to study artistic design and liberal arts. He plans to start his own photography business or work in graphic design.
After racking up several honors on the basketball court – he’s the second-highest scoring of all time and the third-highest number of assists in the WHS, as well as in the top nine in rebounds – Ochothow plans to play basketball at university, but where it will be. has not been decided.
âI’ve had a few schools that have contacted me,â he said, noting that his dream colleges include the University of Minnesota and North Carolina. However, he did not receive any scholarships to attend either college.
âUniversity is a lot of money,â Ochothow realizes, noting that he had not received any scholarships at the end of April. However, he is a member of the National Honor Society and Dollars for Scholars and hopes to receive scholarships before the end of the school year.
Ochothow moved with his family from Owatonna to Worthington when he was in first grade. This move brought them closer to cousins ââin the community, but also gave her mother a better job opportunity. She currently works in the Windom area and her sons – aged four to 23 – are very competitive in the sport. They also look out for each other and help each other out when they can.
During home and hybrid learning, Ochothow said he helped his twin brothers – the 10th graders – with some of their homework. The twins signed up for all the same classes so they could share a tablet at home and take classes together.
During this time, they also looked after their two younger brothers.
âWe all take care of each other,â Ochothow said. âMy state of mind right now, all I want to do is take all the stress out of my mom. It’s too much for her.
âI want to go to college, come back and just give back,â he added. âI know how difficult it can be sometimes – she watches over the children, she works, she buys food so that we can eat.
Ochothow said he comes around the house frequently, cleaning and doing things so she doesn’t have that extra job when she gets home.
Grateful for his two older brothers who always encouraged him to do his best, Ochothow said they set the bar high for him.
âI want to set the bar higher for my youngest to come,â he shared. âI always want them to do their best and not take days off. Take each day and keep working.
Ochothow proved his point by enrolling in college courses at Minnesota West Community & Technical College during the fourth quarter of his junior year. The first in his family to take college courses, he has since earned almost 20 credits, which will initially help him lighten his course load so he can focus on basketball.
âI did a lot of introductory education stuff there,â Ochothow said, noting English, history, and other courses he’s signed up for. With his success, his twin brothers also plan to take college-level courses next year as juniors.
âThey take their notes as important as I am,â he explained. “They are old enough to realize, with the opportunity given to them, to take advantage of it.”
In addition to sports and academics, Ochothow served on the prom committee this year and is active with the school yearbook class.
âRight now I’m doing sports photography,â he shared, noting that he had taken pictures of other athletes during the competition since he was in eighth. “I have seen how much I have improved since taking pictures where I am now.”
In his spare time, Ochothow enjoys roaming the streets of Worthington on his long board – a larger version of a skateboard – and playing hoops with his brothers and friends.
âWhenever I’m with friends, I always play some type of sport,â he explained.
His athleticism earned him the nickname Terbo in fifth grade. It was his first year participating in organized sports with the Midwest Youth Football League.
âI was quick and that’s how I got the name,â he shared with a smile.
In addition to his basketball accolades, Ochothow was the second-string quarterback in his final year, now competing in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles and track high jump, and played the striker position in football. .