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Baisch going Wild and Wonderful

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HCHS football standout Chris Baisch has signed to play football and enjoy the college experience at Shepherd University. Shown for the latest college football announcement at HCHS are, from left, Principal Albert Randolph, Chris’ dad, Dan, his younger sister Abby, Chris Baisch, his mom, Diane, and Matt Baisch; Comet football coach Mike Roark and Athletics Director Allen Lawter. (TWM Jr. photo)
SoVaNow.com / March 21, 2013
Chris Baisch loves the outdoors, including kayaking, wild and wonderful locales, and he’s passionate about football.

Baisch, now 18, and packing 275 pounds on a 6-foot frame, is headed to Shepherd University in West Virginia to play college football.

“I like the fit. They run what I’m used to,” (the 4-3 defensive scheme). They’re fast up front and physical and I think I can fit in them,” said the Comet football standout.

Baisch is planning to play at noseguard or defensive tackle for Shepherd. He likes the program, the campus and the location. He fell in love with the location, Sheperdstown, W.Va.

Plus, Baisch loves the outdoors-driven sports and lifestyle. Hey, one coach takes the offensive line fishing.

Baisch’s interests include fishing, hunting, and making water traffic in a kayak. This seems a natural fit.

Baisch plans to study nursing at Sheperd, a NCAA Division II school. He liked the football staff, and believes this move will work. Baisch hopes to get bigger and faster and work on his anticipation trying to figure out what’s coming next.

HCHS varsity coach Mike Roark is very high on Baisch’s new destination, noting it’s one of the best and most competitive football schools in the WestVirginia conference.

This is the same conference that includes the University of Charleston, where another Comet, Seth Adams, is going to play football.

Roark knows two of Shepherd’s coaches, Ernie McCook (offensive coordinator and offensive line coach), and Monte Cater (the head coach), and he’s very high on both of those fellows. They’re two of his best friends in college coaching, and Roark is confident they will take care of Baisch.

They’re part of Roark’s extensive network of college coaching friends and contacts, some 600 to 700 strong.

Sheperd is extremely competitive in football at this level, and went 9-2 last year.

Overall, this seems to be a very good fit for Baisch, who was a key performer for the Comet football team this season.

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