BROADALBIN - Being able to excel at the varsity level in three sports takes a special athlete.
A pair of Broadalbin-Perth athletes, Pat Brown and Anthony Visco, have taken their abilities to another level.
Visco, a starting infielder and pitcher on the B-P baseball team, also competes for the school's track and field team. He plays football in the fall and runs indoor track in the winter.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Patrick Brown delivers a pitch to the plate against Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Brown ran cross country in the fall and was a goalkeeper for the Patriots' soccer team. Instead of running indoor track this winter, as he did as a junior, Brown opted to work on his conditioning to pitch and play center field for the Patriots.
Brown posted a 10-3-1 record in goal for the Patriots last fall, collecting 47 saves and allowing only nine goals in 1,065 minutes of play. As a member of the cross-country team, he placed 23rd overall in the Class C sectionals championships with a time of 17:20.16 over the Saratoga Spa Park course.
"I wanted to help out the soccer team because Tucker Wilcox's brother Madison [goalkeeper on 2011 state championship team] was a senior and I thought I might be able to help them out," Brown said. "But I still wanted to stay dedicated to running, and I love baseball. I ran indoor last year, but we didn't know for sure if there was going to be an indoor team this year, so I chose to get ready to baseball."
Visco, a junior, is looking ahead to the fall when he dons the Patriots football jersey.
"I wanted to get faster for football because I think we are going to be really good this year," he said. "I got asked by both coaches to do track, so I said I would do it. I do all three jumps - high jump, triple jump and long jump - and the 110 hurdles. However, baseball is my primary sport [and takes precedence] if there is a game and a meet on the same day."
Maintaining balance in their grades, sports and social lives is a challenge for Brown and Visco.
"It is pretty tough, actually," Visco said. "I try to get as much of my school work done during the day, then after baseball practice I go straight to track and then home, do my homework and then go to bed. Then in the morning, I get up and go lift at 6 a.m. every day. I enjoy it. The athletic director [Mike Calvello] had to approve it, and he looked at my grades, and they were 85 or higher, so he said it was OK."
The scenario was similar for Brown this fall.
"[The grades] were not that much of a problem because I am like a 92-average student," Brown said. "School comes first, so I made sure everything was done. Practices were hard because I was going right from 2:15 getting ready for soccer right to about 6 o'clock every night going right to cross country."
Visco said any student-athlete doing double-duty in a season should remember:?"Definitely get your school work done first. Then you have time to relax when you get home."