Sporting WCA

Brennan Orf: Super Sophomore

The goal for many serious high school athletes is to make the Varsity squad in whatever sport they play as a Sophomore. This is harder in some sports than in others, and at a school like Westminster it is way more difficult than at a lot of other schools. Brennan Orf, in his Sophomore year, has been named to both the varsity Basketball and Baseball teams. Not only did he make the team but he has taken over the starting center position and led the team in scoring in 4 of the last 7 games. Brennan has not only accomplished making the team, but he is beginning to make his presence known to the whole Metro League.

Orf started somewhat quietly but has grown more and more into his role as the season has progressed. Now he leads the team with 10 points and 7 rebounds a game. Orf’s best game came against Hannibal early in the season where he racked up 13 points and 14 rebounds, and a dominant performance in the Washington tournament where he led the team to a 1 point victory with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

“Orf started the season with a great deal of potential but you could see there was a lack of experience. Now, a few months into the season, he is arguably our most consistent scorer and he rebounds as well as anyone” said senior captain Alex Token.

Even with his success on the basketball court, Orf’s brightest moments may be yet to come. He is the only Sophomore who was invited to Florida with the rest of the Varsity baseball team this spring. The last 4 years there have been 13 sophomores invited to Florida, 8 have commited to play D1 baseball and one is currently playing professionally. You have to be a very talented baseball player to make the Westminster baseball team as a sophomore, and Orf no doubt fits the bill.

“At a middle school Camp Westminster, I place a wager with the players that none of them can hit a homerun on me on the Varsity field. No one had ever come close but when Brennan stepped up he hit a ground rule double” remembers Varsity baseball coach Dan Petke. “I was relieved I didn’t lose the bet, but impressed with his ability as an 8th grader.”

Orf is one of the last of a dying breed in today’s youth athletics: an athlete. That is to say a player who participates in more than one sport, and not only participates but plays at a high level. This is a warning to all other teams in the Metro League: Brennan Orf will be dominating for years to come.