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Proctor not a gamble but a sure bet for Gaels

December 08, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • St. Maria Goretti senior Kevin Proctor keeps busy participating on four varsity sports teams and also excels in the classroom.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — St. Maria Goretti senior Kevin Proctor has no problem staying busy throughout the year — especially the last two years.

It is likely that Proctor is the first Gaels athlete to compete in four sports during the school year — and may be one of the first in all Washington County schools.

“I love all the sports I play,” Proctor said before he prepared for a recent Goretti basketball practice.

For the second year, Proctor is competing in basketball, baseball, soccer and cross country at Goretti.

“Soccer is my favorite sport,” Proctor said. “With studies and sports combined, it’s tough to do, but I’ve had good support from family and teachers, who offer extra help if I need it.”

The son of Bill and Holly Proctor, the 17-year old is near the top of his senior class with a 4-point-plus grade point average. He is the first in his family to attend Goretti. His father and brother, John, are North Hagerstown graduates.

“I was heading for North, coming up at Northern Middle, but I liked the teacher-student ratio for learning at Goretti and ended there,” Proctor said. “I’ve loved all four years at Goretti.”

He admits to being a lover of animals with designs on pursuing veterinary science in college. In his free time, he volunteers at the local SPCA.

Proctor has been one of the top soccer players in the county the past two seasons. This season, he had 16 goals and eight assists for 40 points. He gained Herald-Mail All-County second-team honors last year with six goals and 13 assists for 25 points.

Last spring in baseball, Proctor hit .405 with 10 doubles and 26 RBIs. He was a significant runner for Goretti in cross country in the fall.

“I remember winning a cross country meet at Eastern,” said Proctor, who started participating in all his sports at age 4 or 5.

Proctor says soccer is his favorite because “it is a thinking man’s game.”

“On the field you have an immediate thought process,” he said. “The game is fast-paced, always moving,” he said. “There’s less scoring, but it is more competitive. In soccer, you have to rely on 10 other teammates, basketball only four, and baseball is pretty much 1-on-1 with you and the pitcher.

“I like the whole-team aspect.”

At this moment, Proctor said he is looking toward attending St. Vincent (Pa.) College, where he hopes to play soccer.

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