Blanchard’s Colby Reed – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By Derrick Smith

Sometimes, the best motivation we can receive is an encouraging word from someone we love and respect. That is the case for Blanchard’s Colby Reed.

“My grandpa, Papo, has been the biggest influence on my life,” Reed said. “He always told me that I could do or be anything I put my mind to. He is one of the strongest people I have ever met in my life. I hope to have the faith and courage he  had.”

Colby is a senior at Blanchard High School, where he plays baseball for the Lions. He plays first base, third base, and pitcher. Reed is no stranger to the game of baseball, as he has been playing most of his life.

“I began playing baseball when I was three years old,” he said. “I enjoy baseball because it’s a team sport. It keeps you close with your teammates and one swing can change the whole mood of the game. My dad got me started playing when I was 3 years old and ever since then, I’ve loved the game.”

The Lion’s season has been good so far, and Reed’s senior class has already set a school record.

“We have had a really successful season so far,” he said. “We are hoping to get back to the State tournament again this year. That would put this senior class as going to state all four years of high school. Also, our class is the winningest team in Blanchard baseball history.”

Colby says that being called a character athlete is a great accolade, but it is just how you are supposed to be.

“It is an honor to be called a character athlete. It means that you play the game the way it should be played, with a good attitude and mindset.”

The success on the diamond has not been easily achieved, it has cost Colby time, effort, and sacrifice.

“It has taken a lot of time and dedication to the game,” he said. “Late nights at the hitting barn and weight room with my dad have been huge.”

Reed is also a member of the National Honor Society and a part of the First Baptist Newcastle youth group. After graduation, Colby plans to attend Northern Oklahoma College to play baseball and continue his education.