Wednesday 22 May 2019


Athlete of the Week – Brody Morton

BRODY MORTON
Goldsboro High School

By ANDREW STEVENS

Brody Morton

The daunting task of restoring the once-proud baseball program at Goldsboro High School could understandably be enough to make many athletes shy away.

As the starting quarterback on the Cougars’ football team, Brody Morton is no stranger to the pressures that come with leading by example.

Morton and his teammates on the diamond have accepted the challenge of revitalizing Goldsboro’s baseball program.

Morton is this week’s Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week. The High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group and Mt. Olive Pickles to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.

The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.

A senior captain as a center fielder, first baseman and second baseman, Morton and his fellow upperclassmen have embraced the task of restoring the Cougars’ baseball program and its rich tradition of success.

After winning just three games in 2017, Goldsboro finished with nine wins in 2018. Morton and his teammates are motivated to continue to increase that win total this Spring.

“We’ve taken a lot of pride in our program,” Morton said. “Especially, after the generous donations we’ve had to our field and all the other upgrades we’ve had. We take it upon ourselves to try and improve the program, and to get into the playoffs and make some sort of run to bring that pride back to Goldsboro.”

Morton was third on the team in hitting last season with a .327 batting average and 17 RBI. The footwork required to be successful as a quarterback, allows Morton to contribute both as an infielder and an outfielder.

“I think a lot of the stuff goes hand in hand,” Morton said. “A lot of times in football, when I’m working out or lifting weights and running, it transitions right into baseball.”

Morton also trains at Elite Mixed Martial Arts and he volunteers at Wayne UNC Health Care. He has also involved in Quiz Bowl and the Key Club, Balancing athletics, academics and extracurricular activities requires Morton to use his time wisely.

“The key is making sure you get your work done early,” Morton said. “One of the hardest things I’ve learned to do is to make sure I have my work done before any practice, or game or function on the weekend. That way, I still have the time to do the volunteer things that I enjoy doing as well.”

As Goldsboro’s baseball program continues its quest to connect its present and future with its past, Morton’s example to his teammates is a valuable asset. From his work ethic in practice, the way he approaches academics and his contributions on the field, Morton gives plenty to underclassmen to look up to.

“He’s a natural born leader, the kids gravitate to him,” Cougars’ assistant baseball coach Tim Ray said. “He’s shown a true example, and he’s set the bar high. When we say lead by example, that’s truly what he does. He makes sure he does the right things so the kids in the future will follow in his footsteps.”

Morton is planning to attend either East Carolina University or UNC Wilmington next Fall to study Exercise Science.

“I heard ECU was a top notch program,” Morton said. “I went and toured the physical therapy clinics and I really enjoyed the environment there. UNCW is a new school with a lot of new technology, and they’re still building. Both of those schools I could see myself at.”

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