A multi-sport athlete who doesn’t shy away from big moments.
A well-rounded student who excels in the classroom.
A community-minded citizen who dedicates his free time to serving as a volunteer coach.
In many ways Southern Wayne’s Jack Casbarro is a coach’s dream.
A junior, Casbarro plays baseball and football for the Saints. He also maintains a 4.5 weighted grade point averge and serves as a volunteer coach for the Mount Olive Vipers baseball team and Mount Olive Hurricanes football team.
Casbarro is this week’s Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week.
The Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group, Mt. Olive Pickles and Worrell Contracting to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.
Each Friday morning through May 12, a local high school athlete will be recognized on the WGBR morning show as well as in a feature story on goldsborodailynews.com. The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.
Casbarro plays shortstop on Southern Wayne’s baseball team and also pitches. As of Thursday he was second on the team in batting average at .357 and had a team-high seven stolen bases. Casbarro leads the Saints with a pair of wins on the mound and a 1.14 earned run average, with 10 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings pitched.
“I just try to put my team in the best situation possible whether that’s pitching or playing shortstop,” Casbarro said. “On the mound I just try to throw strikes and doing whatever I can to help my team win.”
Even though he’s early into his first season in his second stint as head baseball coach at Southern Wayne, Trae McKee has quickly realized the value of having Casbarro on his roster. Casbarro’s verstatility on the diamond and his work ethic academically and in the community sets an example for his teammates.
“He leads by example,” McKee said. “I think he’s the total package when it comes to not only the ability to make plays or make a pitch or come up with a big hit. It’s also the leadership he shows on and off the field. He’s just a first-class young man and his character also shows out here on the field and in the hallways and in the classroom.”
Casbarro has also competed for Wayne County’s Senior American Legion team and as a member of the Region 2 team in the Powerade State Games. Those experiences continue to pay dividends as he continually shows a willingness to thrive in critical moments for the Saints.
“When you are looking for someone to make a big play or make a big pitch that’s not the first time (Casbarro’s) done that,” McKee said. “I try to preach to our guys you’re not going to make a play in a game that you’re not going to make in practice. To see Jack go out there and do that on a daily basis during batting practice or infield work or what he’s doing consistently through his practice routine helps him during crunch time when it comes time to make a play.”
Casbarro’s influence has not only been felt by his teammates but also by younger athletes as well. His focus while serving as a volunteer coach with the Mount Olive Vipers and Mount Olive Hurricanes has been on passing on his work ethic and his love for competition.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the kids to help them to get better,” Casbarro said. “It’s great to help them see the game is fun and also putting in hard work that comes along with it.”
Casbarro remains undecided about where he’ll attend college or what he’ll study after high school.