Charlottesville's von Storch named Class 4 male athlete of year

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Joe von Storch has made a habit of finding ways to challenge himself. The next will come after he graduates from Charlottesville High School, when von Storch joins the football program at Virginia as a walk-on kicker.

Football is just one of the sports von Storch has played in his time with the Black Knights. He also has a 4.5 GPA in the classroom. On Monday, von Storch was awarded with a $1,500 scholarship by the Allstate Foundation and VHSL as the 2019 Class 4 Male Athlete of the Year.

"For me, it's just constantly trying to push through any adversity, any difficulties that I might find in life. And just trying to be the best me that I can be," von Storch said Monday morning at Omni Charlottesville, the site of this year's VHSL Achievement Award presentation. "And it's all paid off now with this award, and the opportunity I have at UVA next year."

In addition to his various roles on the football team at CHS, von Storch has been top five in the state in the long jump in both indoor and outdoor track, and has played on soccer teams that have gone to states the past two seasons and won the Jefferson District regular season title this spring.

"A lot of kids don't have that ability to be self-starters, and to know what they have to do and to be able to meet those goals and that work ethic. And he's got all of it," CHS football coach Eric Sherry said on Monday. "Since we met Joe, we always knew he was going to be special. This just kind of confirms that, but the best is only to come for him."

Von Storch was one of three seniors from local high schools among the 19 honored on Monday. Louisa County High School's Megan Hall received the Class 4 Academic Activites award, while Kayla Scott of Monticello was presented with the same award in Class 3. Hall has earned eight varsity letters in theatre and forensics at Louisa, while Scott has been a member of the one-act play team at Monticello for four years.