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April 2019

Calvert Clark: Press Sports Athlete of the Week

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Recently, several pro athletes have been calling attention to the fact that the superstars we all look up to on TV are more than just athletes. Many of them give back to the community, enjoy hobbies outside of sports, and are involved in the business world. Calvert Clark is certainly an example of a young superstar who is far more than just the 19th ranked Class of 2022 baseball player in the country.

His ability to lead by example on the field is only part of what makes him such a unique prospect at a young age. At home, he likes to relax through playing the piano with his best song being “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. Outside of playing the piano, his favorite artist is Alicia Keys and he enjoys watching the TV show “13 Reasons Why” as it is a great reminder to treat all people with respect because you never know what somebody is going through in life. His favorite class at Charlotte Christian School is Old Testament as he finds comfort in studying the word of God and often refers to Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Calvert’s grandfather introduced him to baseball on the front steps of their home in Queens, New York. They would play catch together routinely allowing Calvert to develop a deep passion for the game at a young age. Despite growing up experiencing an incredible amount of success on the field, Calvert still looks back on the time he was able to spend playing catch with his grandfather as his some of his favorite memories in sports.

As a member of the highly scouted Team Elite 15u Prime, some of Calvert’s best moments on the field have come over the summer. Most notably in a 14u WWBA elimination game when he went 2-2 with a go ahead home run late in the game. Calvert recalls the count being 1-0 when he took a juicy fastball high and inside making it 1-1, “I stepped out thinking he would go to his changeup because I knew he had a good one, but he repeated with a high fastball and this time I got the barrel out in front and hit it over the left field fence about 320 feet. When I came to home plate with my teammates waiting for me I was the happiest 7th grader I could be.” There’s no doubt that Calvert woke up and crushed his lucky breakfast of a bagel, scrambled eggs and bacon with apple juice that morning like he does before every summer baseball game.

While Calvert’s favorite player may be New York Yankee Aaron Hicks, his style of play is most similar to that of Matt Kemp. Both outfielders who have powerful, high finishing swings and the ability to turn on the jets when they need to. Calvert plans to continue his basketball career through high school, however, his ultimate goal is to play in the major leagues and give back to his family, who he credits for all of his opportunities and success.

Having already received offers from UNC Charlotte, Kentucky and Miami; we are confident that this young man has an incredibly bright future ahead and we are looking forward to seeing footage of all his best moments on Press Sports. Become a fan of Calvert on the app @Calvert.Clark4.

Genevieve Richards: Press Sports Female Athlete of the Week

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Winning the state championship is a major accomplishment for any high school athlete. However, leading your team to back- to-back state titles as an underclassman puts you in a different league. We are excited to announce our first female Athlete of the Week is Genevieve Richards, the sophomore volleyball standout who attends the Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia. While her outstanding play on the court is what has begun to attract interest from several college coaches, her perfect 4.0 GPA may be her greatest accomplishment. It’s no surprise given her academic excellence, Genevieve’s top schools of interest are Davidson, Stanford, NYU, and UNC; all prestigious institutions.

On the court, Genevieve takes pride in her relentless competitiveness and ability to provide constant encouragement for her teammates, both factors that make her unique to other athletes her age. Outside of school Genevieve plays for A5 South, an organization considered by many to be the most elite volleyball club in the nation. Her favorite memories on the court include winning the 14u AAU national title with A5, being runner-up to the national champions in 15u, and the back-to-back state titles for Heritage. Her most impressive personal performance came during her freshman year high school state championship game where she scored 9 out of the 15 points in the decisive fifth set. Genevieve looks up to as well as maintains a friendship with Stanford volleyball standout Jenna Gray, who has set an excellent example of what it takes to excel at the next level.  Although she does not consider herself to be superstitious, Genevieve does always wear number 3 while playing.

Genevieve comes from a family of elite athletes: both parents have been competing all over the world on the U.S. Equestrian Team for many years, and her mother won the bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games. Currently Genevieve is working hard towards her primary goal of playing volleyball at a prestigious university and majoring in her favorite subject in school, which is biology. What many people don’t know is that she has a true passion for making art and hopes to one day have the opportunity to pursue that full time following her volleyball and academic career. All of us at Press Sports have no doubt that Genevieve will have extreme success at the next level no matter where she chooses to continue her career!

Follow Genevieve on Press Sports App @GenevieveRichards

Isaac Nunez: Press Sports Male Athlete of The Week

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A select few high school baseball players have the “IT” factor. When we saw one of the most iconic bat flips of all time posted on the app from Florida Gator commit, Isaac Nunez, we knew he had “IT”. The senior from Lake Brantley High School in Florida has garnered attention from the whole southeast; receiving offers from UF, FSU, Alabama, and Auburn. With a 3.67 GPA and his skills on the diamond, this isn’t shocking. In the classroom Isaac is most interested in his AP anatomy class when he’s not hitting homers. Nunez is no doubt on the right track to succeed in Gainesville if he does not sign in the 2019 MLB Draft.

One of his most impressive games was in the district playoffs when Nunez came in clutch with a walk-off two run homerun. Isaac knows how to ignite the crowd and is humble and confident. The hard work he puts in when nobody is watching is what allows him to excel when the game is on the line. Isaac’s favorite sports memory came at the age of 12 when his mom traveled far to watch him play. He proceeded to hit four homeruns in that single game, bringing her to tears. As you can see, he’s got the “IT” factor.

Isaac enjoys rocking out to Nav or Green Day and looks up to Javier Baez and Kobe Bryant. His favorite show is ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ while the favorite movie of his is ‘Juice’ about 2pac. In his free time, Isaac likes to kick back with the boys and crush some Fortnite. Surprisingly, the first sport he ever played was tennis, and we don’t doubt that he had some serious power on the court. Although Isaac has had an already stellar high school career, he is still working hard, focusing on one step at a time, with the long term goal of eventually making it to the Big Leagues to support his family. We are excited to see highlights of this talented young man’s career as it unfolds on Press Sports. Follow him on the app @isaacnunez.

Jake Miller: Press Sports Athlete of the Week

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In the recent past, a few extremely talented baseball players have helped elevate Louisville’s program to the top of both the ACC and all of division one baseball.  Jacob Miller, although he is going to be in high school until 2022, looks poised to add another name to that list. The talented pitcher from Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, Ohio had attracted the interest of other college powerhouses such as LSU and Mississippi State before deciding on Louisville as his future home.  Miller’s electric fastball, touching 87 at only 14 years old, has both the Louisville coaching staff and professional scouts alike salivating over his potential.

Miller’s favorite pitcher is another right hander with an explosive arsenal, Walker Buehler and his mindset also mirrors the Dodgers ace.  Miller said, “I have a great mindset on the mound and it makes the hitters know that I’m going to come right after them”. Miller may differ from some pitchers as he also has added athleticism that likely explains his impressive velocity at such a young age.  He plays basketball and runs track when not on the diamond and enjoys competing in friendly 3 on 3 basketball tournaments with his friends and teammates.

Like a lot of young athletes in 2019, Jacob enjoys gearing up for games by listening to Lil Uzi Vert and his favorite video game is MLB: The Show.  One day, Miller hopes that he will be able to play as himself in a video game as his ultimate goal is to make it to the MLB. We at Press would not be surprised if that happened in the future as Miller has both the skills and attitude to achieve his athletic dreams.  Miller has already posted one 16 strikeout 1 hit performance and we will keep watching to see what he does next.