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SENIOR RECOGNITION: New Madrid County Central baseball players reflect on careers with Eagles

New Madrid County Central baseball seniors (from left to right): Glen Helmes, Christen Phillips, Ethan Colbert, Austin Davis, Caden Howell, and Bryshawn Williams pose for a picture at New Madrid County Central Baseball Park.
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With the cancellation of spring athletics for the 2020 season, seniors in the Standard-Democrat coverage area cannot have final moments with their teammates.

Below is the 13th part of a series of stories on recognizing senior athletes, where they are going next, what they loved most about playing their respective sport at their school, and more.

The series continues with the New Madrid County Central baseball team. The Eagles had six seniors on the roster.

“Just the way they’ve grown into great young men,” said NMCC head baseball Joe McClarty on what he is going to remember the most about his senior class. “They all came in as freshmen. Unfortunately, Bryshawn didn’t play as a junior, and so we missed him. But, five out of the six played all four years, which is awesome. You love to have a group that’s that together and that close-knit. They showed up every day ready to work. They all had an idea of how they wanted to contribute to the team and what they wanted to do, and they were accomplishing that goal.

“I felt like the two and a half weeks of practice that we had; they were going to be a special group. We were going to surprise some people. I don’t think people would have expected us to be as good as I think we were going to be, so that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”

Christen Phillips

Christen Phillips

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Played on the boys’ basketball team and the football team; Beta Club, FBLA, Student Council, Renaissance, Green and Gold

Plans after high school… Attending to go to college to play basketball and majoring in biology.

Advice for underclassmen… “Don’t blink. Live in the moment, and don’t take anything for granted.”

Favorite baseball memory… “Freshman year when we beat Sikeston.”

What got you interested in baseball… “My friend Austin, he begged me to play in the seventh-grade year, and I finally came out, and I ended up liking it.”

Ethan Colbert

Ethan Colbert

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Beta Club, National Arts Honor Society

Plans after high school… Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in exercise science.

Advice for underclassmen… Don’t take everything for granted. Be grateful for everything you have and take advantage of the opportunities while you have the chance.

Favorite baseball memory… “When we beat Sikeston my sophomore year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “My dad. He said as soon as I started walking, I was picking up a baseball and throwing it around. He’s my inspiration.”

Caden Howell

Caden Howell

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Played on the boys’ basketball team; FBLA, Beta Club, co-leader of “The Nest”

Plans after high school… Attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., and majoring in computer science.

Advice for underclassmen… “Don’t take anything for granted. We didn’t know this was going to happen this year, but you just got to be ready for anything that life throws at you.”

Favorite baseball memory… “Beating Sikeston sophomore year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “My dad. We always used to stand out on the front yard and play catch, and he was always around me, getting me ready, and making sure that I had all of my supplies.”

Glen Helmes

Glen Helmes

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Participated on the wrestling team; Beta Club

Plans after high school… Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and has an undecided major.

Advice for underclassmen… “Enjoy everything, because it flies by.”

Favorite baseball memory… “The no-hitter against Caruthersville my junior year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “I’ve always loved it since tee-ball. My dad and mom got me into it early.”

Bryshawn Williams

Bryshawn Williams

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Played on the boys’ basketball team and the football team; Student Council

Plans after high school… Planning on going to the military

Advice for underclassmen… “Never stop. Always keep going and don’t ever give up because if you give up, you fail. Always work hard.”

Favorite baseball memory… “In left field, I laid out for a catch, and I caught it.”

What got you interested in baseball… “I just always played it, and my friends played it, so I didn’t want to be bored and not play it.”

Austin Davis

Austin Davis

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Played on the football team and participated in the marching band and honor band; Beta Club, Renaissance, Green and Gold Club

Plans after high school… Planning on going to the Army

Advice for underclassmen… “Take advantage of the moment. Don’t take anything for granted.”

Favorite baseball memory… “Beating Sikeston my sophomore year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “I’m just good at it.”

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