The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 27, 2013

Harold Raker's column on high school track & field: Which way will he go?


Depending on the schedule, he will either go to baseball practice and then run between five and eight miles afterward, or he will go to track practice and finish up with some swings in the batting cage.

"It's a lot of late nights, with homework and everything," he said.

A problem, and it is a good one, for the Beilers is that Brody is talented in both sports. He is aiming for the school freshman records held by former standout Vince Fadale in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, but is also a leader of his JV baseball team as the starting second baseman and leadoff hitter.

For now, Brody is comfortable most of the time choosing track over baseball only because he is picking a varsity sport over JV. But, Brody said that if it comes to a choice in the coming years, it might come down to which sport is his best, or favorite.

"Hopefully, I don't have to choose, but over the years, we'll see how it works out and which one...I'm probably better at track, so maybe I will do that," he said, but with much hesitation.

His dad wants him to do what he enjoys, but did note that he is improving immensely in baseball.

"I love watching the meets and I support Brody in whatever he decides. He has to love what he's doing. Right now he's conflicted, but due to the nature of long-distance running I believe he will have to make a decision one way or another."

Coach Beiler added that Brody is just starting to become an impact player on his JV team. "At 128.5 pounds, he is the only member of the JV squad with a home run and has scored the most runs on the team with two double plays and is a leader on the team.

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