Ponca City’s Josh Fairbanks – Character Counts Presented by Phillips 66


Varisty soccer player and senior, Josh Fairbanks is a three-year starter for head coach Ben Steichen. Last season Fairbanks scored seven goals and two assists and this season he is looking to lead his team to a winning season. 

“I expect to go to the playoffs. Our record is currently three wins and two losses. This is the best start we have had in my high school career.  We are looking forward to district play,” Fairbanks said. 

As a senior, Fairbanks is excited to see how his teammates are responding this season and he believes they have the right chemistry to do something special this season. 

“What I love about this team and my teammates are the friendships I have developed on this team over the past four seasons are amazing. We genuinely enjoy each other’s company and making each other better soccer players every day,” Fairbanks said. 

His soccer career started at the age of five but as a high school student, Fairbanks has played multiple sports at Ponca City High School.  

“I started playing soccer when I was five years old and have played every year since then. I had a short stint in both track and basketball. I also played football all four years of high school,” Fairbanks said. 

Josh Fairbanks-Ponca

To say academics are important to Fairbanks is an understatement. 

“For me classwork is much more important than sports. My parents always emphasized academics before sports. I am glad they pushed me to focus on academics as I am currently ranked number one in my class and I am currently on course to finish as Valedictorian. This is proving to be very valuable as I have also already received academic scholarship offers from several colleges,” Fairbanks told VYPE. 

He is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as Vice President, and he participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduation, Fairbanks plans to attend college and continue to play soccer. 

“I have committed to play soccer for Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa (NOC). I have joined the Presidents Leadership Council and have received the PLC scholarship award at NOC. I have also been selected as a State Regents Academic Scholar at NOC. While studying at NOC I plan to obtain an Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Engineering. After graduating from NOC I will evaluate my options for future athletics and pursue a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering,” said Fairbanks. 

Fairbanks said his parents have pushed him to be the best he can be and they have influenced his life by raising him in a Christian home. 

“My parents have been the biggest influence. They have raised me in a Christian home and taught me to influence everyone around me in a positive way. I strive to grow in my Christian walk every day as a result of their guidance,” said Fairbanks. 

Fairbanks said he will always remember his time at PoHi and will never forget the friends and memories he has made as a Wildcat. 

“We have great coaches, teachers and awesome facilities for all of our sports. The community is very supportive of all of our athletic teams and school activities.”