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Athlete of the Week: Gehrig Broxton


5:36 PM, Mar. 28, 2013 EDT

The Westfield Hornets have built quite the reputation in the prep GISA baseball world.

They've played in the state championship series two years in a row and won it in 2012.

This season, it seems like they've got their sights set on another trophy, going 8-2 and 3-0 in the AAA region.

Part of their success is due in part to their junior second baseman.

Gehrig Broxton has an unstoppable work ethic on the diamond and in the classroom that has made him our Athlete of the Week.

Broxton is a quiet and respectful young man who believes in his team.

"We're really good this year. We've got a lot of veterans coming back," he explained.

Broxton is one of those veterans.

The junior has worked on his game.  Over the off-season, he dropped twenty pounds and now is the fourth leading hitter for the Hornets with a .333 average.

"I'm looking at a lot of strong academic schools where I might have the opportunity to play baseball," Broxton said.

Notice academics came first in that sentence.

Broxton is first in his class with practically a perfect transcript.

And his schedule isn't easy.

Chad Ekey is a former baseball coach. He now teaches history and keeps a baseball on his desk.

"They're taking a standardized test on the AP level for US History," Ekey explained.

He can easily brag about Broxton because he says his junior covers all his bases.

"Very involved, great critical thinker in the classroom, bringing up topics that not everyone would think of," Ekey said. "If he doesn't understand a concept, he's going to make sure he gets it before he leaves the classroom. He's going to work harder maybe than the average student, and that's the kind of perseverance he has."

"I'm taking a bunch of AP classes and, a lot of times, there's a lot of homework and, you know, staying up late at night. I've really learned how to manage my time, and baseball's been a great way for me to learn how to do work and do it efficiently," Broxton said.

He will need all of those talents to fulfill his dreams.

"I want to go to college, major in biochemistry and be on a pre-medicine track, and when I graduate, I want to become a physician," Broxton strategized.

Broxton's parents are in the medical field and he says that helped shape his decision.

He's already been proactive with schools courting his talents.

He's established a lineup of prospects and figures he's in good shape to tackle the challenges of college, medical school, and maybe playing at the next level.

"Locally, Mercer University, but I'm also looking at Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and some Ivy League schools. When I get to college, I won't be fooled by anything,"  Broxton said with a smile.

Gehrig also plays on a travel ball team.

As for Westfield, they play again Friday night in the Hornets' Nest against Crisp Academy.

 

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