by Kelsey Sheffield
Spurger athletes have demonstrated their ability to be involved in multiple programs and to exceed in each. Although every athlete is not individually recognized throughout the year, they are all hard workers and represent Pirate Pride exceptionally well.
Robby Clark is an upcoming junior at Spurger. He did not start off his high school career with several awards, but the next two years should see him as a player to watch. Throughout his freshman and sophomore year, Clark stayed involved in the athletic program and has continued to grow. During his freshman year, he took part in cross country, basketball, baseball and track. He ran as a varsity runner in both cross country and track, and also was a key player for the varsity baseball team. Clark played for the junior varsity basketball team and was definitely a team leader. He continued to show enough determination and heart that he was a varsity member for all of the sports teams during his sophomore year.
Clark was one of the strongest runners for Spurger Cross Country and placed in the top ten runners in several meets of the season. Being a quick runner got him far in track as well. For the 2014 track season, Clark was the only athlete on the track team to advance all the way to regionals.
He became an important asset to the varsity basketball squad because of his great defense and agility. Those particular skills also helped him in baseball. This year he also was a member of the first year fishing team of Spurger High. He and his partner Cory Hyden fished together and went beyond the expectations of their own as well as their fans. The first year team went advanced to the Regional Fishing tournament, and finished overall for the season in the top 15 of 344 teams in their division.
Clark has had successful growth as an athlete so far in his high school career, and is looking forward to playing a role as a leader and exceeding his own expectations through the remainder of his years at Spurger High. He plans to use his past two years of developing as stepping stones to bigger and better successes.