With the spring sports season cancelled by the UIL because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Herald Democrat is putting a spotlight on the seniors who had their high school careers abruptly come to an end.
College plans: Will be attending Abilene Christian University and majoring in biology.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Before baseball games I always get lunch at Sonic and make sure to take a 20-minute nap.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Before baseball games I usually listen to Drake or George Strait depending on what mood I’m in that day.
Favorite subject/class: Science/Biology.
Favorite teacher and why: English teacher Mrs. Jill Dodd. Aside from teaching me everything there is to know about the AP test, her class was always fun and she allowed us to have a good time.
Favorite coach and why: Jeff Egger, my receivers and track coach. He has been a tremendous role model for me while also being my friend. He wants to get to know you and push you to be the best athlete and person you can be.
Best teammate and why: Zander Turner. We have played sports together since we were in elementary school and he is also one of my best friends. We have always had great chemistry from connecting on touchdowns in junior high to finishing double plays in high school. He showed me how to relax and have fun during games.
Best high school sports memory: Intercepting a pass against Holliday and beating them for the fifth time in three years. Then later going on to with the 3A Division II state championship.
Best high school non-sports memory: Taking a ski road trip with my youth group to Red River, New Mexico.
What you love about your sport: You don’t have to be the biggest, fastest or strongest to be the best at it. Fielding and hitting just take hard work and practice.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Hoosiers” because it’s old and makes you want to go outside and play basketball.
Describe the Gunter Class of 2020: Tough and hardworking.
Biggest lesson learned: Although sports are a big part of our lives right now we should always keep in mind that they don’t last forever and life is full of bigger and better things.
Biggest influence in your life: My dad. He has always been there for me and showed me how to be a Christian man.
Athlete you look up to: Tony Romo.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I was sad at first but now excited to start the next phase of my life.
Message to your freshman self: Make good grades and hit the weight room.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Coach Casto’s freshman track/off-season/summer workouts. Terrible.
Thing you will miss the most: Fun times with my teammates and the opportunity to go compete at a high level.