Especially when those people are young adults. That is especially true when those young adults overcome obstacles to succeed.
Connor Gilstrap is one of those young adults who has overcome a lot to succeed.
|Connor Gilstrap slides into third base during a game this past season.|
He is not your typical standout athlete, at least in size. Gilstrap is short and stout, to tell the truth. No, he does not stand 6-foot-2 and weigh 200 pounds.
Gilstrap is in the mid five-foot tall territory, give or take an inch or two. But what he lacks in height, Gilstrap makes up for it in heart.
Prior to his junior season, he injured both knees and had to sit out both football and wrestling. This came after he was one of the Pirates’ leading tacklers as a sophomore and qualified for the state tournament in wrestling that year.
But he didn’t. Despite missing his junior year, Gilstrap was once again one of the top tacklers for the Pirates and an inspiration to many.
In wrestling, he was one of the top wrestlers in his class and again made the state tournament.
When he finished wrestling, it was time for baseball. Like the other sports, Gilstrap was a standout. He helped a young Poteau team, which frequently started three or four freshmen, to win a district tournament and advance to the regionals.
For his success on the baseball field and in the classroom, Gilstrap is getting the opportunity to continue playing baseball when he goes to CASC in the fall.
Again, he won’t be the biggest player or even the most talented. But it is doubtful anybody will play harder or show more heart.