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Athlete of the Week: Trey MacTaggert

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Whether on the baseball diamond or the football field, Trey MacTaggert is making the most of his senior campaign.

"He's bought in to what we try and do in the weight room and all of our other sports," West Delaware Head Coach Mike Morrison said. "A great competitor, that's probably if you were to describe him that'd be intense competitor."

The West Delaware outfielder currently had the 3rd highest home run total in class 3A with 5 so far this season and with a 439 batting average. He's also hitting about 160 points higher than just a season ago.

"I think I'm coming out a lot more relaxed this year. I'm just coming out and seeing the ball and driving it a lot better than I was a year ago," MacTaggert said. "Last year I thought he pressed most of the year. He's just letting things come to him, and he's a much better player, a much more relaxed player."

MacTaggert's not the only reason the Hawks should be knocking on the door of their first state tournament in four years. They've currently got 4 batters sporting an average above or near the 400 mark, and they're getting things done defensively as well.

"Pitching's the name of the game. If we can come out and throw strikes, and the same case with everybody, you can be a good team if you can get people out." McTaggert said.

While MacTaggert excels on the baseball field, his true passion is on the gridiron. As the Hawks starting quarterback last season he passed for nearly 15-hundred yards while running for over a thousand more including 13 touchdowns.

"I've played quarterback from 7th grade until sophomore year, so I was kind of familiar,"MacTaggert said. "But going from junior year at receiver to senior year at quarterback was a little bit of a change, but I was able to step in there and get it done a little bit."

And when this year comes to an end so will Trey MacTaggert's baseball career as he commits himself full time to football at Upper Iowa.

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