He makes it look so easy.
Connor Hurst had blazing speed, quick hands and a deadly shot. He routinely got steals and outraced opponents down the court for easy layups. He had no problems getting by defenders to create his own easy shots.
Hurst is an all-around natural athlete and is the Gazette’s freshman boys athlete of the year.
During football season, Hurst had some growing pains, particularly on defense, but he showed signs of improvement with each game. On offense, he proved to be a viable deep-threat option as a receiver.
He played baseball, where he did a little of everything:played in both the the infield and outfield, hit, stole bases and even pitched a little. He also ran and jumped for the boys track and field team.
But on the basketball court is where Hurst shines the most. He’s a talented playmaker who no doubt will be one of the better players in the league in the coming seasons.
Hurst has plenty of talent around him, too. Dustyn McEachern has a deadly shot. Rande Williams can be a solid post player, as can Caleb Faulconer. Michael Albright and Mason Hiser are two of several key role players for this deep group.
Boys runner-up: Goldenstein
It wasn’t totally unexpected, but Jake Goldenstein quite simply stole the show. He turned in one of the best seasons for the wrestling team, finishing the year with an astonishing 35-2 record before losing in the 106-pound championship at the state tournament. Goldenstein has a great potential to win multiple state championships with the Orioles. It’s going to be fun watching him get better every year.