Suddeth signs with Wingate

Published 10:00 pm Monday, June 2, 2014


When current Polk County High School senior J.C. Suddeth told his dad, Bobby, that he was quitting baseball and football, so that he could concentrate on throws (shot put, discus) in track, Bobby, who had taught baseball to his son for years, was supportive, but not thrilled.
_DSC7363_2His disappointment over J.C.’s decision was short-lived. He went to a Wolverine track meet, where J.C. competed in throwing events.
“I was so proud of him when I watched him do it,” remarked the elder Suddeth. J.C.’s dad wasn’t the only one who noticed. Suddeth has received a combination academic/track (throws) scholarship from Wingate (NC) University, where he will take his skills to a new level. On Monday (May 26) he signed his intent to attend and compete there.
“He’s a good kid,” emphasized PCHS throws coach Amanda Simoncic. Wolverines’ head track coach Alan Peoples has great confidence in his soon-to-be former star. “He’s a sponge,” Peoples comments, pointing out Suddeth’s ability and willingness to learn. “He has the drive . . . whatever he does, he’ll succeed. He has the determination.
Peoples noted that a coach from Appalachian State University (in Boone), saw Suddeth perform, and was impressed enough to call Simoncic, but noted that Appalachian State did not have the scholarship money to offer Suddeth. However, Simoncic contacted the throws coach at Wingate, who said they needed Suddeth.
How did the young man react to a college expressing so much interest in him early this year? “It made me happy,” he answered. “I felt accomplished.” His experience at Polk, “was fun,” Suddeth noted. “I learned a lot.”
At Wingate, he plans to study sports management. After Monday’s signing, Peoples told Suddeth, “You’ll do fine. I’m very proud of you, son.

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