Ask Logan Mock to recall some of his fondest memories from an accomplished sports career at Thomas Heyward Academy and he'd like to never stop listing them.
The big win against St. Andrew's in his last football game for the Rebels stands out, as do all the all-region and all-state awards. He fondly recalls playing in the Oasis Shrine Classic all-star football game, and he won his weight class in the SCISAA state speed and strength meet last weekend -- the third year in a row he's done that.
Yeah, there are a lot of great memories for Mock on the fields and court at Thomas Heyward, and before he tries to create some more this weekend in the SCISAA Class 2-A baseball playoffs, Mock took a few minutes to talk with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet about his past, present and future.
Q: You lost several pretty key players off last year's team. Are you a little surprised at how well you guys have played this year?
A: We knew we were a good team coming in. The coaches pumped us up and said we had a good shot this year. We're a young team, but we've been playing good. The only scary part was pitching this year, but we've come a long way.
Q: You're a three-sport guy -- you've played football, basketball and baseball pretty much your whole life. If you ever would've had to choose, do you know which sport you would've picked?
A: Oh, man. I've been asked that question so much, and the only answer I have is the one I'm playing at the time. I don't have a favorite. It's the one I'm playing at the time.
Q: You've always been a smaller guy, but it hasn't held you back in sports. What has been the key to your success in athletics despite your size?
A: Well, being a small guy, you've got to make up for it in speed, and I've done that all my life. You've got to have heart; you've got to love the game. I love playing every single game, and that's what propels me to play as hard as I can. It's not who's bigger and stronger, it's who has more heart. The teams that I've played for have shown that. ... My family is also the biggest help. They've supported me in every single game I've played in.
Q: Do you feel like opponents underestimate you because of your size? And does that motivate you?
A: Oh, yeah. If I looked at a guy my size, I'd think he can't be that good, you know? ... I'm sure teams look at me and underestimate me. I probably would.
Q: Playing three sports, you hardly have an offseason. Do you have any free time to do anything other than play sports and go to school?
A: That's pretty much my whole day. I go to school and then go to practice, and then I get home and do some homework. It always gives me something to do. I don't know what I would do if I didn't play sports.
Q: When you do have a little free time, what do you do?
A: Play more sports.
Q: You said you plan to go to Brigham Young University. Do you know what you'll major in?
A: I'm deciding between majoring in biology or sports medicine, but probably sports medicine. Then hopefully I'm going to go on to medical school and be an orthopedic surgeon.
Q: How did you become interested in that career path?
A: I got hurt my junior year, tore my meniscus, and I had Dr. Dean in Hilton Head treat me. We talked about it, and he said if I liked it I could come shadow him and stuff. I'm interested in the medical field. I wasn't a big fan of math, so engineering was out. That's what my dad and brother did, but I'm going to go a different path and take the medical field.
Q: Your high school career could be over as soon as Friday or could go on for another couple of weeks. What will be some of the best memories for you as you reflect on your career?
A: Knowing that every time I went on the field I gave it everything I've got. This is the last time you're ever going to do this, and I take that into account and think of that every time I go on the field. This might be my last chance to ever do this, and I'm going to give it everything I've got. Those are the greatest memories.