Class: SeniorSports: Baseball and Football
Claim to fame: A starter in both sports, George will sign with North Park University in Chicago to play both football and baseball on Wednesday. Hell lead the Hornets into a must-win game against China Spring on Friday, with the winner taking the final playoff spot in District 19-3A.
Gatesville has a playoff streak going (six straight years). How much does play into this game?It is a big thing. I dont want to be the senior that leaves here saying, Man, I didnt make the playoffs. So I really want to keep the tradition alive, not only for me, but for the guys that are younger and also coming up. Last year, you played in the field but were normally hit for in the lineup. Whats it like now finally getting that opportunity?It makes you feel more confident as a person and as a baseball player that Im up there at the plate and its actually me instead of having to be DHed for Im actually the one getting to do the job.
Whats it like being the designated player?Its not as fun. The game of baseball is fielding and hitting, so when youre only getting to do half of it, you can only do so much. So youre like, Man, I could have done that job. But now I can do that job.
Whats another sport you dont play but think you could get into or like to try?Id like to try the pole vault Im kind of a risky guy. I think its cool. Youre flying high in the air thats something different.
How about in school whats your favorite subject?Im a science guy. I plan on majoring in biology and whenever I got to college, Im going to study to be a veterinary.Just growing up as a kid, Ive always been an animal lover. You see a hurt animal, and its like I want to help that animal.What was it like when you went on your college visit?It was a different atmosphere. Everybody told me that whenever I got up there, it was to be cold and Id be miserable. I got up there, it was negative-six degrees and I was wearing a pair of jeans and a hoodie and I felt fine.
How much of a relief is it to have your college plans taken care of?It feels relaxing. I was that kid a few months ago. It wasnt just that one college, I had talked to four or five different college about playing sports I didnt know if I wanted to play baseball or football.Im not an amazing athlete, but Im decent at both of them. So once I sat down and said this is where Im going to go, it was like a big load off my chest.