Baugher receives Curbstone award

BOARDMAN – Mission trips. A partner in a landscaping business. Helps operate the family’s hay and grain farm. Those are just a handful of what Chalker’s Brendan Baugher does to give back to the community.

Add to that a 4.0 GPA and a 33 on the ACT and one could argue he could get into any college on academics alone.

But he has the athletic resume to back it up. This year, he was a Division VII all-state selection in football and led the Chalker Wildcats to the school’s first postseason appearance since 2001.

Because of all of what Baugher has accomplished on the field and off, the senior received the Byrd Giampetro Student-Athlete Scholarship and Trophy at Sunday’s Curbstone Coaches Football Recognition Banquet at The Georgetown.

“If you looked up student-athlete in the dictionary, there would be a picture of him,” Chalker football coach Ryan Slone said.

To win the $1,000 scholarship, applicants must be a senior player with at least a 2.5 GPA, be nominated by their head coach and athletic director, detail all activities in and out of school and have three letters of recommendation from the nominating school.

Baugher said he’s pretty set on going to Ohio State this fall to study agriculture – more specifically animal sciences. He said he’s going to follow in his father’s footsteps. Robert Baugher is a veterinarian.

Meanwhile, Brendan’s mother, Ragine, started him in mission trips from home repair for low-income residents or flood victims to serving meals at the Warren Family Mission.

“My mother gave me the opportunities to do it, but I got my drive from my father,” Brendan said. “He showed me how to work hard – showed me how to work hard in everything that I do, give 100 percent. That’s the only way he knows how to live. That’s what I try to do.”

This season, Brendan, who also plays basketball and baseball, made an impact both offensively and defensively for the Wildcats on the football field.

“He’s not the biggest kid in the world, but he laid the biggest boom on Friday nights,” Slone said. “It didn’t matter who was tackling him. It didn’t matter who he had to tackle.”

Baugher tackled his studies as well, having the best GPA in his senior class of 40.

“It goes to show that we may not be a bigger school, but we have great kids at a smaller school,” Sloan said. “We have excellent kids. It’s a tribute to our school that Brendan got this award.”

Having a student-athlete like Baugher gave the Wildcats’ football program a great foundation.

“The other kids say, ‘If I put that much work in, maybe I can get like that?’ ” Slone said. “It helps us build a solid program when you have kids like him.”

Considering how much Baugher does on and off the field, does he even think about taking a break? He did say he might have one in the early summer.

“I guess my down time is helping my dad on the farm when baseball is over and football is just starting up,” Baugher said.