A Senior at Charlotte Catholic High School, McCann Mellett,issue221McCann
proves a worthy role model for his teammates on and
off the baseball field. The son of Quentin and Kara Mellett
plays infield and outfield for the Cougars. Last year, Mc-
Cann received the Cougar Award for Academic Excellence.
In addition to being a consistent Honor Role member, he
was nominated to the SO Meck 8 All Conference team last
season. He has attained a 3.7 GPA in Honors classes, as his
favorite is Honors Anatomy. McCann has also committed
to continue his education and baseball career at Wingate
University next fall. Lets go Beyond the Game with McCann
to learn more!

What is your favorite part of being on the varsity
baseball team?

“I love being able to be part of another family, a baseball
family. Each day I challenge my teammates to get better
and, by doing so, they make me a better player as well.”

When did you begin playing the sport?

“When I was about two years old my dad would toss me whiffle balls in the
back yard and I would just hit and that’s where it all began. I have played
organized baseball ever since then.”

What is your role as a leader on the team?

“Being a senior implies the title “leader”. For me to be the best leader I can
be, I first need to set a good example by how I practice and prepare for the
upcoming season. In doing so, I can be a leader by using my actions to help
lead my teammates. I try to use positive encouragement, sometimes constructive
criticism and occasionally I like to joke around with the guys.”

What are your goals for the season?

“It’s always a team goal to win the state championship, but
we would first like to win the conference title. I personally
want to help my team to the best of my ability and let everything
else I can’t control just happen on its own. We have a
lot of seniors returning and a handful are going on to play
baseball at the next level. Our coaching staff is very experienced
and I believe we could make a deep run in May.”

Do you participate in any community service?

Over the summer I volunteered with the Baseball For Life
foundation at Country Day School under their head baseball
coach, Mike Hennessey. It was a camp for underprivileged
kids that came to learn more about baseball. I had the
privilege of being able to help run the camp as well as pass
on some of my baseball knowledge to them. It was truly a
humbling and fun experience.”

What made you choose to continue your education
and baseball career at Wingate University?

“I chose Wingate because they really had an interest in me after seeing me
play at the Battle of the Border at Winthrop this past summer. It’s easy to
get lost in how much you want to attend a big school but I found a home in
Wingate. They reached out to me and made me feel like a priority and a
necessity to become part of their University and baseball team. I love the
coaching staff and that it is close to home.”

What are you most looking forward to at Wingate?

“I am looking forward to playing baseball as well as making strides towards
having a successful future. Being able to play baseball is a blessing but, I
cannot wait to see where dedication to my academics takes me.”