Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Mason chosen for football combine

January 2, 2002

Baldwin High School sophomore Micah Mason has been selected to a prestigious football talent combine put on by the Army in San Antonio today and Thursday. The top 200 juniors and sophomores from across the nation are there to be tested and critiqued by NCAA Division I coaches.

"I feel really privileged and lucky I guess," said Mason. "I expect that it will be a real humbling experience."

"The success of our team this year is a big factor in Micah's selection," said BHS football coach Mike Berg. "He has the potential to be a great player and this selection shows that."

The first night in San Antonio the athletes will be tested in the areas of speed and strength. They will be timed in the 10-, 20- and 40-meter dash and test their strength in a variety of lifts, including bench press, power clean and squat.

The second night the athletes will test their agility for the coaches. When all is done the coaches will critique each athlete and tell them what to work on the rest of their high school years to catch the eyes of recruits.

To help the Masons fund their trip to Texas, Walt's Pizza Cafe invited part of the football team to work on Dec. 20 in exchange for the tips on the night and a percentage of the business' earnings that night. Word got around and the place was packed. Mason counted over $370 in the tip jar alone.

"This just shows the community is behind this. It's great," Mason said. "I'd like to thank all of those who came out."

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