Student achieves on and off the sports field

May 28, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

Editor's note: This is the ninth in a series profiling nine members of the class of 2000. The Herald-Mail has been following the students since they were kindergartners at Conococheague Elementary School in 1988.

His baseball coach calls him the "Little Bulldog," but don't let that fool you. Barry Smoot is a pussycat.

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"Little Bulldog" fits Barry's tenacious personality when he's on the baseball field for Clear Spring High School's Blazers, said coach Jim Hutson.

"When on the ball field, he's a hard-nosed player. He got dirty. He did whatever it took to make the team do well," Hutson said.

Off the field, Barry is a perfect gentleman, Hutson said.

"He's one of the classiest kids I've ever had, since the time he was a ninth-grader," Hutson said.

Barry is vice president of the National Honor Society, captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a member of the Student Council and was elected prom king by his peers. He earns As and Bs in school and is expected to graduate near the top of his class.


Barry plays baseball and golf for the Blazers as well as baseball for American Legion Post 202 in Williamsport. He plays shortstop and pitches. Tony Mirra, a classmate from kindergarten, is a Blazer teammate.

His baseball games are a family affair with parents Deb and Ronald, sister Holly, 12, and both sets of grandparents on hand.

Barry said he tries to attend his sister's ice skating competitions, as well, including a regional competition she had in Atlanta.

"I just enjoy keeping busy," said Barry, 18, of Broadfording Road.

Last summer he participated in a Habitat for Humanity leadership camp in Philadelphia and helped his uncle lay sod in downtown Orlando.

He also was a counselor at the Cedar Ridge baseball camp, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes power camp for which he'll volunteer again this summer.

"That was a real rewarding experience for me. Some of the kids had never had a high-five for doing something good," Barry said.

Calculus teacher Roland Cline said Barry has a good sense of humor and is a motivated student who often tries to do a little more than everyone else.

Barry said his role model is his mother.

"My mother is awesome. ... She goes out of her way to do everything for everybody," Barry said. Besides being Barry's Cub Scout leader and Holly's Girl Scout leader, Deb Smoot was head of the school's Citizens Advisory Committee, Barry said.

Barry's sports role model is Baltimore Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick because of his fundamental play.

This fall, Barry and his best friend, Jacob Swain, will attend Elon College near Greensboro, N.C., where Barry plans to try out for the baseball team.

He realizes few people have what it takes to make it to the professional level, so he's also working toward a future in sports broadcasting.

Making the ranks of ESPN or Fox Sports is a lofty goal, but a goal worth pursuing, he said.

"You're going to try harder being goal-oriented," said Barry, who did an internship at WHAG-TV last winter.

A big fan of ESPN's Stuart Scott, Barry is already working on catch-phrases for sports highlight reels.

"Young players at home, get out your clipboard or notes because learning is fun," said Barry, in his bedroom full of sports posters, magazine covers and trophies.

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