An abrupt change of plans has led to quite a busy offseason for Cameron Ditter.
After earning Class 2A first-team all-state honors as a wide receiver last season, Ditter probably figured he'd just spend time honing his skills at that position in preparation for his senior season.
The coaching staff had other ideas.
With the graduation of Zak Donato and two younger quarterbacks on the roster, the coaches thought it would be best to move Ditter back behind center at times this fall, which, along with his role as a starting safety on defense, has left him with plenty of prep work.
Not a problem.
"Last year, I was in multiple positions, so I had to know this, this and this. It's about working at everything. I'm not focusing too hard on one or two things," said Ditter, who said he worked mostly at quarterback at Selah's team camp and at wide receiver when the Vikings went to Eastern Washington University's camp.
"He won't be the full-time quarterback unless he needs to be," head coach Scott Ditter said, adding that they just want to take advantage of his athletic abilities.
"We're going to utilize him the way we feel it works for us," he continued. "He has a chance to be a versatile quarterback who can throw and run. Any time he has the ball in his hands, he has a chance to be dynamic."
Despite the challenges, Cameron has no problem making the change.
"Wherever they need me, I'll play," said Ditter, who played quarterback his first two years.
That's an attitude he's displayed since his earliest athletic days, his father said.
"Cameron has always been about his teammates, all the way back to T-ball," said Scott, shown diagramming a play in the above photo. "It was always about encouraging his teammates. He just wants to do whatever it takes for the team's success."
Although he excelled as a wideout, Ditter, who is also a track and field standout, does welcome the chance to return to quarterback, even if it's on a part-time basis.
"There's a certain feeling being behind the line," he said. "You can see the whole team. I sometimes step back and say, 'that's my team.' I'm excited for the transition."
And more than capable of making it as well.
"His two major traits are leadership and experience," Scott said of his son, who is also part of Selah's Link Crew, where upperclassmen help freshmen make the transition to high school, and National Honor Society. "He came into the summer with a complete grip of the offense."
For Cameron, it's doing what's best for the team while coming together as a team.
"Winning's great, but if you're only expecting to win, you're missing the point of sports. It's about building character and a culture," he said. "If we go 10-0 or 0-10, we're going to grow as people. That's what's important."