Never an off-season: Freshman tackles two sports

By Nathan DiCamillo

Being a college athlete and keeping up with your homework can be fairly difficult. Imagine, however, playing two sports collegiately.

Freshman Tyler Crater was looking for schools that would allow him to play both baseball and basketball simultaneously. When he found ONU, Head Baseball Coach Todd Reid and Head Basketball Coach Ralph Hodge worked it out so that he could play both sports at ONU. He is a catcher on the baseball team and a shooting guard on the basketball team.

“The fall is probably the toughest for it,” Crater said.

During the fall semester Crater had a baseball season that consisted mostly of scrimmages and a basketball preseason. He practiced for baseball Monday through Saturday with Sunday off and practiced for basketball on Friday mornings and Sundays.

“If baseball got out early, I would jump into basketball when I could,” Tyler said

Once basketball got into its regular season and baseball went into its offseason workouts, Tyler practiced with basketball full-time. It was difficult for Crater to get back into basketball having to learn the offense and get back into shape. Once basketball ends its season he will have to switch over to baseball again, he said.

“Hopefully [basketball won’t end] for a while, if we can make the national tournament,” Crater said.

Crater has been on a team for both basketball and baseball since fourth grade. He also played football for four years in high school.

Being a part of two teams, Crater, coming in as a freshman, has already been able to make plenty of friends.

“I had two groups of friends right off the bat,” Crater said.

Crater is undecided about his major, but he is leaning towards either business or communications. If he were to major in communications, Crater would like to enter into public relations and possibly work for the Chicago Bulls.

“No matter what I get my degree in I would want to stay close to [sports]. The go-to for athletes is coaching, obviously, and I’ve done some of that and it’s not my thing,” Crater said, “It’d be cool if it was, but I just want to play so it would be tough for me to coach.”

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