McNew enjoys “big moments” playing multiple varsity sports

Cracking the starting line-up as a freshman is tough. Check out what it’s like prepping before the game with Maize South third baseman and pitcher Tate McNew.

Video by Kadence Shook and Sierra TInsley

Sydney Endicott, Editor/ Photographer

Playing baseball since he was four, freshman Tate McNew has had a lot of time to build up his competitive spirit. For the past 11 years, McNew has worked hard and no stop works on how he can do better. 

“I’m a big-time competitor which makes me want to be the best in whatever I play. I also love playing in big moments which makes me love football and baseball even more,” McNew said. 

While being the youngest on varsity, McNew has a lot of upperclassmen to look up to. One upperclassmen that has made an impact on his life is senior Owen Bailey. Bailey has helped McNew a lot this year with the two sports that they both love to play. 

After hitting a home run, McNew is greeted by the players with a cowboy hat. This game was against the Goddard Lions, the Mavericks won 9-3 (Photo by Sydney Endicott )

“All the captains were great leaders. I admire how the upperclassmen handled themselves and treated the under classmen,” McNew said. “But I probably looked up to Owen Bailey the most, he’s been personally helping me with baseball and football since before last summer.” 

While McNew has looked up to Bailey, Bailey admires and acknowledges how much time he puts into each sport and how hardworking he is. 

“Tate is one of the hardest working underclassmen I ever got to play with; always willing to learn and put the team before himself,” Bailey said.  “He’s a great teammate and friend. Sky’s the limit for him, excited for what’s next for him.