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Chris Stumbo
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Former Three-Sport Athlete

Chris Stumbo, Allen Central High School

Q. What sports did you play?

A. Football, Basketball and Baseball

Q. Why didn’t you choose to focus on just one sport?

A. Growing up, I was always told that I wouldn’t be able to play sports forever and I should play as much as I could while I had the opportunity to do so. I enjoyed playing each of the sports.

Q. Do you wish you had focused on just one sport?

A. Absolutely not. I loved playing all three. I played whatever was in season. If there was a ball, I was there. Sports was a very big part of my childhood and high school years.

Q. What was your favorite sport and what were you best at?

A. It’s hard to say which one was my favorite. I played on some very good football teams and it would be easy for me to say football. My dad gave me a chance to go to several camps and showcases for baseball, though. With baseball, we went to Florida State and Memphis for showcases. Looking back, baseball may have been my best sport.

Q. Did playing multiple sports hurt your chance to play the collegiate level?

A. Not at all. If anything, it helped my chances. I ended up signing to play football in college but also had baseball scholarship offers.

Current Athlete Focusing on One Sport

Grant Anderson, Prestonsburg High School

Q. Why did you choose the sport you did?

A. I chose to focus soley on baseball due to the fact that I believed it was my best chance to get an athletic scholarship. My skills were more honed to be a college baseball player compared to a college football or basketball player. Also, it is my favorite sport. My whole life I have basically been training and preparing to be a college baseball player.

Q. Do you miss playing sports you have given up?

A. Yes, I do occasionally miss playing the sports I have given up. But when I stop and think about it, I realize it was the best thing for my longterm future. So it doesn’t bother me too much.

Q. Has focusing on one sport helped your chances of earning a college scholarship?

A. Yes,tremendously. Focusing solely on baseball has greatly increased my chances of earning a scholarship. I was able to visit schools and go to showcases during the football season, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if I was playing football.

Q. Are you playing your favorite sport or the sport that will best help you get to college?

A. That’s a tough question that I often get asked. I love football basketball and baseball, I’ve played them all for my whole life, but if I had to answer this question I would have to say I am playing my favorite sport. However, I have an extreme passion for football and I always will.

Q. When did you choose to become focused on a single sport and why?

A. I chose to focus just on baseball at the beginning of my senior year, choosing to forego my senior year of football. I chose to stop playing basketball after my sophomore year. I chose these time periods because I couldn’t give them both up at the same time, and I love football so much that it was hard for me to give it up at all, but I knew if I wanted to play college baseball I would have to not play my senior year so I could do the things I did during football season. Like attending showcases, college visits, etc..

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