This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week are two local young men, who despite facing challenges this year, have remained positive and persevered to make major impacts on their teams.
Taylor County Little League player Dylan Garrison has been swinging a ball bat since a young age, and has continued to grow in the sport.
This season, he is a member of the Williams Contracting Royals.
Unfortunately, Garrison’s season came to a screeching halt before it even got started, when he injured his foot the day before practices began.
Unsure if he would be able to participate at all this season, with news of a fractured foot, Garrison and his family remained hopeful that he would still get to step up to home plate for his team.
After weeks of being sidelined, and supporting his teammates from the dugout, he was finally given the go ahead from doctors to participate in his first game of the season on Thursday, which also happened to be his team’s last contest of the year.
Having limited practices under his belt, Garrison stepped up to the plate, making big plays for his team.
Garrison assisted his team to a win, scoring one run, connecting for a triple and recording two RBIs.
Although he was forced to sit out for nearly the entire season, Garrison showed an immense about of sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication, refusing to let his injury dampen his spirit.
Grafton High School sophomore Seth Horne has also been working to overcome certain trials competing for the Bearcat track team.
Horne continuously challenges himself to try new events, and improve his personal bests.
Described as the “swiss army knife” of the track team by his head coach Wes Norris, Horne has tried his hand at multiple events including the 100 and 200 meter dashes and has gone the distance in the 400 and 800 meter runs.
In addition, he has pushed himself and put in the hard work, accomplishing one of his personal goals; clearing the eight-foot pole vault.
Horne has also persevered through the unconventional school year and track season brought on by COVID-19, to earn a spot on the 4X200 meter relay team.
With his willingness to not only try new events, but his hunger to excel at those events, Horne is sure to make great strides on the track throughout his Bearcat career.
Congratulations to Dylan Garrison and Seth Horne for being named as Taylor County Student Athletes of the Week. The challenges you both have been able to endured and persevere through are admirable.
*Taylor County Athletes of the Week are ran weekly in our Saturday edition. Featured athletes are chosen by myself, or may be submitted by a coach. Submissions are not guaranteed to be selected, but all will be considered for the recognition. Entries can be emailed to [email protected], and should include a photo of the athlete and some of the accomplishments that qualify them for the acknowledgment.
Thank you for your cooperation and support. I look forward to continuing to highlight our outstanding athletes.
Sarah Jones, Sports Editor