Lexington senior learns the game of life from baseball
05/29/2013 9:16 PM
05/29/2013 9:17 PM
School: Lexington High
Graduation date: June 8
We understand you have a passion for baseball. Tell us about that.
Barboza: I’ve been playing baseball since the age of 4. One of my grandfathers played in the Kansas City Athletics farm system and the other played quarterback at Clemson, so I have grown up around a family that loves sports. I played both baseball and football growing up, but after my freshman year at LHS I realized that baseball was my first love.
Tell us a bit about the most memorable game you’ve ever played in at Lexington High.
Barboza: Our team was fortunate to be able to get two milestone victories for our coach Brian Hucks this season. In April, we beat one of our region rivals to give coach his 300th career win. Then May 17, in front of more than 6,200 fans at Carolina Stadium, we won the state 4A championship, which was his third as a coach. We will never forget that night. I would not be the baseball player or the person I am today had it not been for Coach Hucks. Not only has he taught me the game of baseball, but he has been a mentor. I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be successful in life from him. It was special to be able to give him those milestone wins.
Do you have any pregame rituals for good luck?
Barboza: If we have a game on the road, I take a power nap on the bus because it helps me relax and clear my mind. I have three pairs of socks, my “lucky socks” that I always wear on game days. Yes, I do wash them between games.
Any lessons you’ll take from the field into the next chapter of your life after high school?
Barboza: I really feel like baseball has prepared me well for life after school. The same mentality, teamwork and effort I use on the baseball diamond can apply to everything in my life. From studying for a test to working out in the weight room to relationships with others, I need to give it a hundred percent every time.
Tell us about your plans after graduation.
Barboza: I have committed to play baseball at Newberry College, where I plan to study business administration.
What song sums up your high school years?
Barboza: “This Town” by O.A.R., because I love this town and this school. I grew up in Lexington and would not trade it for the world. I appreciate how the community has supported the baseball program and love the way Lexington gives back and supports those in need.
If you could only keep one object from high school for a box of treasured possessions, what would it be?
Barboza: My varsity baseball helmet. It took me three years to earn the Lexington logo on it. Having the “L” on my helmet reminds my every day that I can’t take this opportunity for granted and I need to strive every day to improve myself. Lexington is a baseball-crazy town, and I have been blessed to have the chance to be part of this program.
What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from a teacher?
Barboza: Coach John Berrian has been part of the coaching staff during my five years here. As eighth-graders in our first year in the program, he told us “every day is a chance to get better.” I have tried to live by those words ever since. If you go through the motions in life, the only person you are cheating is yourself.
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