Welch 250

By Derrick Smith

Role models can play a large role in a young athlete reaching their potential. Along with teaching them new skills and talents, they can also encourage them to continue to work hard and reach their goals. Mason Seigel says that one of his coaches made a big impact on his life.

“My biggest role model would have to be our defensive coordinator, coach Newby,” he said. “He has spent hours upon hours working with me and pushing me closer to my potential. He truly wants to see me succeed. I envy his desire to help others become the best they can possibly be.”

Seigel is a junior at Oklahoma Union High School, where he plays both baseball and football. He plays pitcher and outfield on the baseball diamond, while on the gridiron, he plays quarterback and defensive back.

Becoming a great athlete takes a lot of work, but it also takes the help of others. “It’s a combination between the natural talents I’ve been blessed with, my coaches, family and teammates always pushing me to be better, and countless hours and reps in the weight room and on the field.”

During his baseball career, Siegel has enjoyed many great memories. But one memory during his sophomore years stands out as his favorite. “We were in the first round of districts,” he recalled. “I pitched seven innings and had a two hit shutout to pull off the upset.”

Mason’s favorite teacher at Oklahoma Union is his pre-engineering instructor. “Mr. Shipman gives us teh opportunity to work in a calm, laid back atmosphere with lots of freedom. He is very intelligent and he is one of the most patient and slow to anger people I know.”

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