by Brad Gilbert reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
August 7, 2014
It is amazing what a little rain will do in this area. Very rare are the pictures atop Baldy Point at Quartz Mountain showing green valleys.
Tyler Gray and his friend Dylan Musser, both of Blair, climb these hills often. “Mountain climbing is just fun.” Gray stated, “It’s an adrenaline release for sure. Much different than hitting doubles off the wall.”
Gray, a former two sport star at Blair earning several accolades along the way, made the hard decision to delay his baseball play in college for a stint in the Army National Guard. Even with an academic and baseball scholarships offered to Gray by SWOSU in Weatherford, the expense of attending college was just to great to overcome, forcing Gray to give up, at least for now, his time for the game.
“I just wasn’t willing to take on the debt that comes from getting student loans,” said Gray. “It’s some good advice an old English teacher once gave me.”
Gray hopes to walk-on to the SWOSU baseball team in the Fall of 2015. At Blair, he was MVP of the Danny Winters Invitational in 2013, earned All-Area baseball honors in 2014 as well as being selected for the Western Oklahoma Baseball Coach’s Association team.
When asked to elaborate on the benefits of his climbs up these mountains, Gray began, “When you’re stuck and there’s that point where you feel like you’re going to fall, you have to stay on point and in the moment. You commit to the next spot and hope you don’t slip.”
Typing this now, one wonders if Tyler was only referring to his climbs.