Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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June 13, 2014

GC Baseball/Football: Kerens' Anderson is a two-sport All-Star

Corsicana — Looking for the best arm and best hands in the Golden Circle?

They belong to the same guy.

That's Kerens' Brett Anderson, who is so talented that he found himself in a unique dilemma this week.

Anderson was chosen to play in the Texas HIgh School Baseball Coaches Association's All-Star Game at Round Rock's Dell Diamond, and he was also chosen as a wide receiver to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl in Waco.

One problem. Both games are Saturday.

They throw the first pitch in Round Rock at 3 p.m. And kickoff is scheduled at the Waco ISD Football Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Anderson's fast and he knows how to change direction on a football field and change speeds on the mound, but even this was too much.

Even Superman wouldn’t have time to change into his cape in a Waco phone booth (if he could find one) with this turnaround.

“I thought about trying to do both,'' Anderson said. “When I first found out I was picked for both I thought about it but didn't want to risk getting hurt in the FCA football game.''

In the end, it came down to a matter of the heart.

“It was a pretty easy choice,'' he said. “I've always loved baseball more than football.''

Anderson is a three-time All-Golden Circle wide receiver and arguably the best receiver in the Golden Circle.

He topped off his four-year career at Kerens by catching 47 passes for 842 yards and eight touchdowns.

He is even more talented in baseball and helped lead Kerens to a District 19-1A title and one of the best seasons in the school's history. He is not only a three-time Golden Circle baseball player, but he is a two-time winner of the Pitcher of the Year Award.

Anderson went 6-2 with two saves and had a 1.30 ERA this season and struck out more batters than anyone in this part of Texas. He struck out 107 batters in only 54 innings, averaging almost two Ks an inning.

Anderson was also a monster at the plate, where he hit .592 and had a .731 on-base-percentage and a .734 slugging percentage with 14 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.

His numbers in the classroom were even better. Anderson graduated No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA.

Anderson turned down some baseball scholarship offers to attend Texas A&M, where he plans on majoring in sports management.

“I would rather go to A&M and try to walk on then play baseball at another college that I don't like as much as A&M,'' said Anderson, who has made the Class 1A all-state team the last couple of years.

There are plenty of reasons Anderson chose to play at Dell Diamond.

“I feel really good about it,'' he said of his decision. “It was one of my goals to play in a baseball all-star game. We have had people from Kerens play in the FCA football game before, but we've never had anyone from Kerens picked to play in the (THSBCA) all-star baseball game.''

 

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