Cypress, TX (June 9, 2016)
By Robert Jordan, Langham Creek HS
Making it to state in any UIL event is an accomplishment, but Langham Creek High School senior Connor Ferguson has done it twice. Ferguson advanced to the UIL Class 6A state championships in two sports, baseball and swimming, all within the same year.
Ferguson was a member of the Lobos’ 200 freestyle relay team that placed 10th at state in February. That same relay team broke the school record and is just outside of the top 100 fastest high school relay times in the nation this year.
With last week’s Region III-6A final win over Deer Park, Ferguson and the Langham Creek baseball team has not only made it further than any other baseball team in school history, but is one of the top four 6A baseball teams in the state.
“I was thrilled I got to see my hard work pay off in the end. Making it to state in two sports in one year is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life,” Ferguson said. “I felt very accomplished. Making it to state in any sport is what any high school athlete dreams of. Very few get to experience that dream. Some of that success comes with luck, but 90 percent of it comes from hard work and perseverance.”
Ferguson’s daily routine consisted of waking up at 4:45 am, driving to the pool where he was in the water by 5:30 a.m. and heading to school. After-school activities included working out for baseball and completing homework for three AP and two honors classes before heading to bed after 11 p.m. The process repeated five days a week from August-February.
“I believe that swimming helped mentally prepare me for this moment, because when you are swimming in a race you can’t hear anything and you can’t really see your opponents. You just have to push yourself until you get to the end and know that you left it all in the water,” Ferguson said. “It taught me to believe and trust in others and to just persevere. It’s the same way on the baseball field when you are pitching. You don’t see what is going on behind you, you just see the mitt and you have to know that the team behind you is going to help you out.”
Ferguson and the Lobos will face Dallas Jesuit on June 10 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock in a one-game state semifinal.