All-County spring sports teams an­nounced

McDonough grad­u­ate Butler starred in two spring sports

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Grow­ing up in Port To­bacco, Brant Butler was al­ways in­volved in mul­ti­ple sports.

Hav­ing played foot­ball since he was 5 years old, Butler never had to think about what he fa­vorite sport was.

He ate, drank and lived the sport.

Once he got to mid­dle school, Butler’s ath­letic pas­sions be­came more diver­si­fied as he be­gan throw­ing him­self into other sports.

In his first three years at McDonough High School, Butler was a well­known ver­sa­tile ath­lete. He took up foot­ball in the fall ran on the in­door track and field in the win­ter and played base­ball in the spring.

That wasn’t enough as Butler de­cided to add an­other spring sport to his reper­toire for his se­nior year: out­door track and field.

Butler, who grad­u­ated with his McDonough se­nior class on June 3, said that it was an ad­just­ment do­ing two spring sports.

“This was my only year do­ing two spring sports and it was a lot of work go­ing to track and base­ball prac­tice in the same day at times,” said Butler, who will be at­tend­ing NCAA Di­vi­sion III Shenandoah Univer­sity (Va.) to play foot­ball in the fall. “Ev­ery other day we had base­ball games and be­tween those we had track meets, so my sched­ule was pretty hec­tic. It was just some­thing else I could do and I liked to run and stuff. Play­ing two sports in the spring also helped keep me in shape for the next level.”

Do­ing two sports in the same sea­son can be tough. Ex­celling at both is a whole dif­fer­ent story, but Butler did just that.

Butler, who was a quar­ter­back and wide re­ceiver on the foot­ball team, helped lead the base­ball team — which fin­ished 16-4 over­all — to a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion crown, a SMAC cham­pi­onship and a berth in Class 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onship game.

Un­der head base­ball coach Mike Ly­don, Butler played ev­ery po­si­tion on the field ex­cept catcher and was the pri­mary short­stop on the team.

Butler had the game of his ca­reer in the SMAC ti­tle game on May 9 as he pitched the last six in­nings of relief, key­ing the Rams to 5-4 vic­tory in 13 in­nings over the Chop­ti­con Braves at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

The for­mer Ram


McDonough High School grad­u­ate Brant Butler fin­ished off a stel­lar spring sea­son on the base­ball and the out­door track and field teams. Butler helped lead the base­ball team to a 16-4 over­all record, a SMAC cham­pi­onship and a berth to the Class 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onship game as a pitcher and short­stop. He also claimed a re­gional ti­tle in the 110 hur­dles in track.

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