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: Study pre-med at LSU.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Our team would always say a prayer before every game, and Austen Patterson and I always had a tradition we would do with our chains before a game.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Country music to help stay calm.
Favorite subject/class: Human Geography.
Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Terry because of his passion for teaching.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Bo because he treated each one of his players like a son and he related with us. He always put his players first, and his competitiveness and his willingness to win.
Best teammate and why: Luke Kirkbride because of his ability to take control of the team and to hold each one of his teammates accountable.
Best high school sports memory: The Whitehouse Tournament.
Best high school non-sports memory: BOTA party pit.
What you love about your sport: My favorite thing is being able to be around my teammates all the time and how it takes physical ability but also a good mentality to play baseball.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Moneyball.”
Describe the Denison Class of 2020: A special group who has grown up together and we always have each other’s back.
Biggest lesson learned: It is important to always stay calm and keep your composure in tough times and situations.
Biggest influence in your life: My mom because of how much she sacrifices every day to support my family and to keep everyone happy and doing what they love.
Athlete you look up to: Christian Yelich because he plays the game the right way and because he was unaccounted for early in his career and he proved a lot of people wrong.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: Very upset because the thought of never being able to play baseball again with my best friends was devastating.
Message to your teammates: I love y’all and wish y’all the best in whatever the future holds for y’all.
Message to your freshman self: Never stop working hard and to always put others ahead of yourself.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Long bus rides.
Thing you will miss the most: Being able to be around my teammates and the great Denison High School staff every day.