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Greenbrier athletes sign

Posted: November 27, 2013 - 1:02am
Greenbrier High School shortstop Connor Hoover signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of North Georgia Thursday. With Hoover are his parents, Steve and Karen Hoover, as well as (back row) baseball coach Jason Osborn, brother Colin and assistant baseball coach David Barnes.   Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Greenbrier High School shortstop Connor Hoover signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of North Georgia Thursday. With Hoover are his parents, Steve and Karen Hoover, as well as (back row) baseball coach Jason Osborn, brother Colin and assistant baseball coach David Barnes.

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Actions usually come with consequences, and Connor Hoover’s may pay off positively for the Greenbrier High School Wolfpack.

At the high school Thursday, the Wolfpack shortstop signed his letter of intent to play baseball for the Division II University of North Georgia Nighthawks (Dahlonega, Ga.), a member of the Peach Belt Con-ference.

The signing gives Hoover, who has been playing travel ball and showcase events for almost two years nonstop, a chance to recharge his batteries and get ready for his senior season.

“Oh, it’s huge, you don’t have to worry about it during the season,” said Hoover of the signing.

“I can actually have an offseason this year. I finished about a month ago, I think. So it’s all of November, all of December and then two weeks in January when I don’t even have to pick up a baseball. I can just work on getting stronger.”

In his junior year, Hoover hit .343 and was 2013 second team All-Region 2-AAAAA and second team All-County as the Wolfpack went 24-9 and finished as the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state runners-up for the second consecutive season.

Assistant coach David Barnes has seen Hoover bloom into a team leader.

“Every day he comes to practice, he works hard, he’s one of the few guys you’ll see diving whether it’s
pre-game, whether it’s the day after a game,” said Barnes.

“He brings an attitude to practice and we’ve been very thankful for that.”

Hoover, a potential business management major, attended a camp at North Georgia a week before the school year began and he was quickly sold.

“I saw the campus and I knew if I went Division II, it was the school I wanted to go to,” Hoover said.

“It was very pretty and the field was nice and the way they treated their players you could just tell it was really professional.”

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