West Orange High School Athlete of the Week: Liam White
Monday, May 5, 2014 • 10:24pm
WEST ORANGE, NJ - At a towering six feet- five inches Liam White stands out in the halls of West Orange High School for reasons that stretch far beyond his stature. Sophomore sensation Liam White is tearing up the Super-Essex Baseball conference from the pitcher’s mound, batter’s box, and classroom.
White’s body of work speaks for itself. In the most competitive conference in the state, to say that he is tearing the cover off the ball is an understatement. White is batting .404 in forty-seven plate appearances this season. In addition, he is no slouch on the hill boasting a 2.7 earned run average. White has firmly established himself in the Mountaineers solid three-man rotation alongside Senior Ace Mike Zarro and fellow sophomore Andrew Scholz. He credits much of his success this season to the time he put in this past offseason with a lifting regimen and first- time weekly visits with a pitching coach.
“Coming into the season I wasn’t guaranteed a definite spot in the rotation or position in the field. I knew it had to be earned. Success this season has given me a lot of confidence for the remainder of our schedule and in the years to come,” White said.
Liam is the embodiment of what it means to be a student-athlete. White meticulously manages his time on the soccer field, baseball field, classroom, and home. Liam’s an avid reader and makes sure to keep up to date with the latest news out of the science world. He notes that his favorite class at WOHS is Ms. Brevard’s Algebra 2 because on a daily basis she reveals the true symmetry of numbers and how every number is intertwined. Liam aspires to one day play baseball at the college level, and pursue a career as a particle physicist, research based on subatomic particles.
On a daily basis he’s inspired by his father. “My father inspires me; he is the hardest worker, and I know he will do anything for our family.”
Liam White is undoubtedly a bright spot in the Mountaineers 2014 campaign, and he will only be entering his Junior year in September. There's a lot more coming from this young phenom, and the sky's the limit for what he can accomplish.