Teamwork is a hallmark of Chemic Pride. Aristotle wrote, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Chemic Hall of Fame football and baseball coach Terry Wilczek often praised his teams for their ability to make 2 + 2 = 5. In that spirit, Midland High School Athletics and Firehouse Subs on Eastman Ave in Midland are proud to recognize a teammate of the week who epitomizes selflessness and demonstrates a commitment to the success of his/her team. Just because the spring sports are not playing any games in 2020 doesn’t mean that there is a lack of great teammates to honor.
This week’s honorees are members of the baseball team, Seniors, Gabe and Noah Howard.
Head Coach Eric Albright nominated the Howards by writing:
Gabe and Noah are the epitome of team players. They committed themselves to the success of the team above everything else. They are the first to lend a hand when we need to get work done. They will volunteer for any duty, congratulate every teammate’s success, no matter how small, and accept no accolades or credit for themselves. They both demonstrated a dedication to improve their individual skill level and athleticism by attending more off season workouts than anyone else and accepted the challenge of participating in fall sports that they previously had never played. Gabe = Tennis, Noah = Cross Country
My favorite memory of their effort was during a summer tournament elimination game that found us down by a number of runs in our last at bat. Gabe hustled out an infield hit to keep the game alive and Noah cleared the bases with a game winning double. It would have been easy to pack it in and head home after a long weekend of baseball… not the Howard boys.
It is no surprise that they both are interested in careers of public service. Gabe would like to pursue a career as a firefighter and EMT. Noah is interested in law enforcement.”
Fellow Senior and teammate Matthew Babinski added, “They are two guys that you love to have on your team, they will do anything to help the team succeed and are the most selfless people I’ve ever met.”
Noah and Gabe are the sons of Christopher Howard and Jennifer Howard. They also participate in Cross Country, Tennis, Welding Club, and Building Trades at MHS.