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“If you say you can’t, you won’t” – Bear Bryant

The words of the legendary Alabama football coach are simple. And for Reed Trimble, a sophomore at Keys High School, there’s a second statement that carries even more importance – “If you say you can, then you will…the choice is yours.”

Whether he’s on the baseball field, running cross-country or playing golf, Trimble understands the mental challenge to maintain his focus in order to achieve victory.

Trimble takes pride in following a family tradition in sports that includes his dad and uncle who were both junior college pitchers at Connors State College. He welcomes the challenge to compete and help his teammates achieve victory.

“When you’re on the mound, the toughest thing to handle is having to come back from making a bad pitch or after giving up a hit with the game on the line,” said the ace of the Cougars pitching rotation who also plays shortstop and bats in the leadoff position in the lineup. “You don’t forget it, you just use the challenge to keep you in the game and make the game winning throw your next pitch or swing of the bat.”

In an earlier contest this season, the Cougars were down five runs when Trimble delivered the comeback effort from the mound and eventually got the game winning hit.

“Reed’s influence on the field is massive for our team because he never gives up,” said Keys head coach Nick Zodrow. “He’s a kid that’s quiet but definitely leads by example. His work ethic keeps Reed ready to play everyday.”

Or as Trimble explains, it’s the definition of influence.

“Character is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching,” confirmed Trimble. “It’s all about putting in the extra work and being a good teammate even when you’re not playing your best.”

Off the field, the 6’2 sophomore is a champion in the classroom. Trimble, who maintains a 4.0 GPA and membership in the National Honor Society, is a two-time academic team conference player of the year in addition to taking an active role with activities involving student council. Trimble also serves as a Fostering Hope Teen Ambassador.

“Reed takes pride in being a student athlete,” said Zodrow. “Without question, he always represents our program with integrity.”

Doing things the right way has Trimble focusing on the moment as well as the future opportunities.

“I want to attend Duke University and eventually become an anesthesiologist,” Trimble said with a convincing voice. “Between now and then, my dream is to win a state championship and leave a legacy of winning at Keys by doing it the right way.”

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