What an amazing year and career for Myers Park
High School Class issue251Coppsof 2017 graduate Owen Copps.
The baseball playing son of Greg and Laura Copps
worked extremely hard to be the best baseball player
he could possibly be. All the while working at his game,
he pushed himself to the very top ladder of all
Student-athletes in South Charlotte, graduating with a
5.4 grade point average. Yes, 5.4, that is not a typo
for the soon to be Tufts University baseball player
and student. Owen never recorded a grade below an
“A” while at Myers Park. For his success on and off the
field, Owen was awarded the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove
League Scholar Athlete of the Year Award at the tenth
annual banquet honoring the top players in the Greater
Charlotte region.

Owen also recorded a number of strong pitching starts for
one of the top baseball teams in the state. Owen made nine
starts for Myers Park and helped the team to a 22-4 record
with a 10-2 mark inside conference play. Owen also was a
valuable hitter and outfielder for the Mustangs.

The baseball awards are quite impressive, two time All-Conference
Player, 2017 All-South Baseball Team, 15 strikeouts and a shutout
performance versus East Meck this season. The list goes on and
on, Owen responded every time his team needed a boost.

Now with high school complete, Owen can turn his attention
to Tufts University and preparing his body for college play
with regular workouts designed by Coach Casey from Tufts University.

Owen came to learn about Tufts by pure chance.

“I actually first talked to Coach Casey on my way to a Brown
Baseball Camp when a friend of mine told me that if I was up
in that area I had to go check out Tufts. I really fell in love with
the place and Tufts happened to be at the Brown camp. After
pitching in that, I talked to Coach McDavitt and told him
I had been up there and loved it. One thing led to another and
I made my way back up a couple months later for an overnight
visit and that really sealed the deal. The players up there, the
academics, the staff, the atmosphere, I’m unbelievably excited
to go be a part of it.”

Tufts is also very excited to have such a strong Student-athlete
headed their way for the next four years.

Owen worked extremely hard to put himself in position to be
recruited by top academic institutions. He was able to find the
perfect balance between the classroom and the diamond.

“The way I’ve balanced academic and athletic success is by taking
advantage of free time. With all the time that baseball requires
of a student-athlete, I’ve found that it’s very important to take
advantage of the down time you do have. Whether it be in school
or at home, that’s when I’ve been able to get most of my studying
and homework done. It’s also very important to have a comfortable
place to relieve stress. Combining the pressures of high school
with the pressures of a sport can take a toll on a person and I found
that my place, where I could sit back and relax, was with my youth
group. It has been a fun and safe environment where I can refocus
and take a load off. I cannot stress enough how much that has helped
me balance academic and athletic success.”

Great advice for any Student-athlete that is committed to finding
balance and success in sports and the classroom.

With all of the baseball and classroom work, can Owen have time
for anything else? Yes, he can. He is also giving back to his community.

“I tutor kids at Myers Park Traditional School on Tuesday’s and
Thursday’s during my free period which is fourth block. I also engage
in community service with my church. I am a member of the youth
council, which is a group of high school students that plan events and
projects for our church. For example, we have done book drives to Rama
Road Elementary, hosted middle school dances, and taken service trips
to Glory Ridge among other things.”

To top it off, for the summer, Owen has found employment with a local
sporting goods store!

The South Charlotte Sports Report salutes Myers Park High School
graduate Owen Copps for setting the bar high for others to follow.
We have been so very impressed by this young man from the first time
we met him. Good luck at Tufts University Owen and continue to make
your hometown very proud.