Reitz has started a new tradition for their baseball team. One panther, Collin Brown, comments, it’s a significant deal.
“Well it’s definitely big bragging rights, definitely no scholarships we are working on that soon to come, hopefully we can give a little money towards their college but for then it’s just bragging rights. “
The unique honor goes to the Panthers who play well in a win. The gooseberry president, Carter Schnarr, explains that it goes beyond the field.
“The gooseberry award goes to the player who really does a great job on the diamond and all around. It doesn’t even need to be a player who doesn’t even play. Just
a player that does a great job building team morale and getting us through the game.”
Head coach, Todd DeWeese, says this is another building block.
“Baseball teams always got to find a way entertain themselves, so this is just one of those ways that they give someone the player of the game with the gooseberry award.
The players dedicated the award to Reitz star, Richard “Porky” Nau. He played on the 1961 undefeated Reitz football team. Schnarr says it was an easy decision.
“So basically, one day I was sitting with the director, Collin Brown, and we were thinking, who’s a very pretigious person from Reitz high school Richard Nau, Porky for short.
He’s basically an idol we live by. We love him dearly. We just figured what a great honor than to have Mr. Nau on the certificate. “
Cameron Frey, a co-winner of the gooseberry award, understands that the recognition comes with some prestigious documentation and it is all meant to bring the team a little closer together.
“I’m thankful Carter and Collin started this award because it means a lot for porky because he’s been a round for so long and he’s represented and we just want to give something back to him.”
Reitz plays New Albany on Saturday.
(This story was originally published on April 18, 2019)