Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer
Colby Barnette is a senior third baseman for the baseball team here at Wingate University. Barnette a resident of Monroe, N.C began his baseball career playing T-ball at age four. Barnette attended Piedmont high school.
During his tenure he was a star for their baseball team collecting two Conference Player of the Year awards and three all-state awards with a State Championship in 2013. At the end of his high school career, he set the state record for RBIs with 161. Coming out of high school he attended the University of North Carolina where he stayed until transferring to Wingate University in the spring of 2015.
During his free time, he loves spending time with his family in the Union County area. He has a younger brother who is attending UNC Wilmington. He has two dogs and will become the first person in his family to graduate college. Some might say that he was meant to attend Piedmont high school because that is where his parents attended.
Growing up Barnette loved watching his favorite player Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves. He wore the number 10 throughout high school in honor of Jones.
Barnette is one of the few kids that was born in the 1990s that can say they have been to both the Braves Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field in Atlanta. With the new stadium opening up in a few months, SunTrust Park, Barnette says he really wants to see a game there over the summer.
When he’s not playing baseball, Barnette is like most people who live in the south, he likes to go hunting and fishing. If he wanted to travel anywhere in the world it would be somewhere in the Midwest because he has always loved the outdoors.
Something that many people would not know about him is that he enjoys wakeboarding. When he is looking to kick back and relax he enjoys listening to any song by Eric Church, or watching the talented Tom Hanks in Forest Gump.
As his final season gets underway his goal is to outdo his three previous seasons and make this season the best he will ever have. For the team his goal is to make it to the Davison II Championship game in Texas. He believes this team has a good chance at accomplishing this goal if everyone on the team does what he knows they are all capable of.
As Barnette looks back at his baseball, he is thankful for all the life lessons that the game has taught him and will always remember the memories made with family, friends and teammates. He is not sure where life will take him after college, but he has certainly enjoyed his experience as a college athlete.
He can now say something that most people can’t, and that is, he is able to get a college degree while playing a game that he loves. He is looking forward to the next chapter in his life, whatever that maybe. He plans on taking it all in strides just like everything else in his life while trusting in his faith to know everything has its purpose.
Edited by: Brea Childs