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Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week – Ethan Glover

After spending the majority of his childhood and early teenage years on a baseball field, golf momentarily caught Ethan Glover’s attention.

What Glover quickly discovered was the grass is greener where you water it the most.

Glover returned to baseball as a sophomore at Faith Christian Academy and has blossomed into the Conquerors’ leading hitter and unquestioned team leader.

Glover 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.

Glover set aside his baseball glove and cleats in favor of golf clubs during his eighth- and ninth-grade years at Faith. After two years away from the baseball diamond, it was relationships with his teammates and a deep-rooted love for the game that ultimately lured him back.

            “I played golf to try something new, knowing it would be a good time to try since there was no middle school (baseball) team then,” Glover said. “I loved (baseball) from the beginning and wanted to get back into it. I missed the camaraderie with the guys on the team and I felt like I could be more of a contributor to the game.”

Glover’s return to the Conquerors’ lineup has had a significant effect on the offense. The senior third baseman leads the team in RBI and on-base percentage. Glover is currently batting around .540.

“The majority of my hits have been singles,” Glover said. “I bat cleanup and so that helps with the RBI because the people in front of me normally gets on base.”

Glover’s return to the field hasn’t come without some adjustments. Faith head coach Justin Smith routinely pencils Glover in at third base and Glover has had to adapt to how quickly ground balls reach his position on the infield.

“The hardest part for me was receiving ground balls,” Glover said. “Third base seemed closer to the plate to me than other bases and most hitters are right-handed and so just getting to the ball where was going to be was kind of the trick.”

Beyond statistics offensively or ability to adjust to playing third base, Glover’s presence is also felt through his example and willingness to serve others. Glover volunteers with children’s church at Faith Free Will Baptist church as well as in the bookstore. He also maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

“Ethan really will be missed,” Smith said. “I think his attitude and spirit and his willingness to keep a positive spirit in the midst of maybe some losses you may experience on a team. He leads by example and he’s diligent off the field with his school work and he’s just exceptional with volunteering here in the church. It’s been a fun three years to coach a guy like Ethan and we’re certainly going to miss him all the way around.”

Glover remains undecided about his future following high school.

“I have two options and one of them is to go to community college for a couple of years and get all of my basic classes out of the way,” Glover said. “I would probably go to Wayne Community College for that. I was thinking of studying engineering because I like math and science. My other option is going to Pensacola Christian College in Florida. I’ve already been accepted there. Now, I’m just weighing the options of what I should do.”

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