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: Attend Stephen F. Austin University to play baseball and pursue a degree in business.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Always jump over chalk, always sprint onto the field, and always long toss before games.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Old-school hip-hop like Ice Cube, 2Pac or Biggie Smalls.
Favorite subject/class: Math.
Favorite teacher and why: I have had many teachers who had a positive impact on my life.
Favorite coach and why: My father, uncle and grandfather. They all have had lots of experience with baseball. They push me to be the best I can be and support me no matter what.
Best teammate and why: All of my teammates are awesome because we all encourage each other to be our best and pick each other up.
Best high school sports memory: Gunter playing against Whitesboro. We hit a walk-off to win our district game and our student section was behind the left-field wall and said something to the Whitesboro left fielder. The whole Whitesboro team started jumping the wall towards our student section, and my team and I started running towards left field. I’ve never seen my principal run that fast.
Best high school non-sports memory: Going to Lake Ouachita and Broken Bow Lake in the summers with my family and water skiing.
What you love about your sport: Baseball is an amazing game, and it is all about your mentality. As said by Yogi Berra, “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
Favorite sports movie and why: “Bull Durham.” There are lots of baseball movies, but this one relates the most to what happens on the field and what goes through the players’ heads.
Describe the Gunter Class of 2020: Very hardworking and smart.
Biggest lesson learned: Don’t let people tell you you’re not good enough. Use their doubt to push yourself harder and overcome the odds to reach your goals.
Biggest influence in your life: God and my family. There is so much love and support.
Athlete you look up to: Brooks Robinson. I was named after him, and he won 16 Gold Gloves in his career.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I was crushed that my senior season ended because we were so good this year. I am blessed to be playing at the collegiate league and am happy to start a new phase of my life.
Message to your teammates: Enjoyed every minute of it, boys. Thanks for pushing me to be my best. Best of luck in the future and wherever your paths take you.
Message to your freshman self: There are a lot of roadblocks in life, but use them to make you better and achieve your goals.
Thing you won’t miss at all: High school.
Thing you will miss the most: My friends, teammates and making a run for state.