Former three-sport athlete
Trey Clements - Class of 2010
Trey Clements played the so-called “big three” varsity sports at Butler High School - football, basketball and baseball. Clements played baseball during his freshman year at Miami-Hamilton, but has since transferred to Miami University in Oxford where he will graduate this spring with a degree in education.
Q-What sports did you play?
A-I played football, basketball, and baseball.
Q-Why didn’t you choose to focus on just one sport?
A-I played three sports for the pure enjoyment of it. I like to compete, and I liked being exposed to multiple sports.
Q-Do you wish you had focused on just one sport?
A-No. I don’t have any regrets at all.
Q-What was your favorite sport and what were you best at?
A-Baseball. I set the record for steals in a season (19) and triples in a season (6).
Q-Did playing multiple sports hurt your chance to play at the collegiate level?
A-Had I specialized in one sport it could have made a difference but I don’t regret not specializing. I started to see the trend my senior year and it is even more of a trend now. It seems a lot of students put all their eggs in one basket now.
Dusty Lewis - Class of 2016
Sophomore Dusty Lewis still plays two sports for the Aviators - football and baseball - but dropped basketball after his freshman year after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.
Q-Why did you choose the sports you did?
A-The main reason was the knee injury. Basketball is hard on the knees.
Q-Do you miss playing the sport that you have given up?
A-I miss playing basketball, but can still play it at the recreation center.
Q-Has focusing on two sports helped your chances of earning a college scholarship?
A-My goal is to play baseball in college, but I haven’t really been pushed to specialize. There are a few coaches who say you should specialize, but most of them just want you to stay active as long as you don’t get hurt.
Q-Are you playing your favorite sport or the sport that will best help you get to college?
Q-When did you choose to become focused on two sports and why?
A-After my freshman year. (Baseball) Coach (Trent) Dues can take a certain number of players and work with them over the winter, and that isn’t as hard on my knee.