Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Being a high school senior is tough.
There's homework, and sports, and looking at colleges.
Even with all that, one Vestal student athlete has found time to excel on the field and in the classroom.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces us to this week's Acadmic all-star.
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He spent the winter season pushing the ball past his oponents on the basketball court.
And he spends his spring doing the same.
Vestal's Adam Smith was the leader of the sectional champion basketball team, and does the same for the Golden Bear baseball team.
Smith says, "It means a lot to have the confidence of the coach, to lead the team, that my input means something to my teammates. I mean it's nice to be able to lead such good teams."
This year, Smith has LEAD Vestal to 7 wins.
Including a dominant pitching performance against Binghamton.
Coach John Anderson says Smith will be difficult to replace.
"He has the ability to quickly understand something. He has that mind body link in terms of being able to take a concept on the field and adapt the situation better than any player I think I've ever coached. He's outstanding."
When Smith isn't pitching he's playing the outfield for Vestal.
And when he's not doing either, he's likely studying.
Smith has a 96 average this year and is a proud member of national honor society.
"It means a lot to be recognized, especially in the classroom because you see stuff in the paper for stuff on the court and on the field but to be recognized in the classroom means a lot too. Show the hard work in the books."
Smith will be going to Cortland in the fall.
As for how he'd like to be remembered…
"Just someone that worked hard at everything he did…in the classroom, playing sports too…just hard work."
And that hard work has paid off.
A leader of men on the field, Smith's achievements have earned him a new title…Academic All-Star.
In Vestal, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.