By Landrie Still
Two Glenbrook Apache student athletes have signed a certificate of intent with Division-1 universities, which according to NCSA Sports, only 2 percent of senior baseball players accomplish. Seniors Maddox Mandino and Hayden Harmon will be continuing their athletic careers in baseball after high school as a result of the influence of Glenbrook School and their travel baseball teams.
Maddox Mandino is the son of Wesley and Amber Mandino and verbally announced his commitment, as only a sophomore, to play baseball at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Maddox has been an Apache Baseball starter since the seventh grade and has sustained a 4.31 batting average, 57 total RBIs, 101 runs, 2 home runs, and 69 stolen bases. Tony Sanders, Head Coach of Glenbrook Baseball, included, “I look forward to Maddox doing great things on the next level. He’s one of those guys that you just love to have on your team.” When asked whom he would like to thank, Maddox said, “To see everyone having my back, especially my mom, my dad, and my family means so much to me. They’ve spent so many weekends with me playing baseball, and sometimes I may not show it, but I’m very thankful for them. I’d also like to thank all my teammates and coaches for being there for me no matter what. I’d like to thank Coach Orgeron for helping me to get better and for always being there for me, which really means a lot.” As he concluded his speech, he left valuable advice to the younger students to cherish every moment and to not take a single thing for granted.
Hayden Harmon is the son of Seth and Jessica Harmon and recently signed to continue playing baseball after high school at Louisiana Tech University. Hayden verbally committed to the LA Tech Baseball program between his sophomore and junior years of high school. Hayden became a starter for the Glenbrook Baseball team in the eighth grade and posted a 2.8 ERA, 126 fakes, and 1 no-hitter throughout his career. Coach Sanders included, Hayden has done a lot of remarkable things for this school and his community, and I look forward to watching him as a Bulldog.” When asked whom he would like to thank, Hayden said, “First and foremost, I’d like to thank my family, God, Coach Orgeron, and Coach Tony. For the past 2 summers, we have traveled the country playing baseball, and they have always been there for us anytime we need anything.” Hayden attributed most of his athletic success to his coaches and family.
Maddox and Hayden have worked very hard for their accomplishments and will continue to be great representatives for the Glenbrook Apaches. Currently, several Glenbrook athletes have verbally committed to colleges or plan to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level as a result of the Apache athletic programs. Maddox and Hayden look forward to completing their final baseball season with the Apaches, which is scheduled to begin in February 2023.
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