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Edgerton's ballot buster

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JOHN N. BARRY
April 22, 2010
— The past six months, Adam Gregory earned first-team All-Rock Valley North Conference honors in both football and basketball.

Don’t look for anything to change next month when the Rock Valley North announces its all-conference baseball team.


Gregory has been a dominating force for most of his high school career at Edgerton. The senior helped the Crimson Tide win the Rock Valley North baseball title last season and is part of a potent lineup this season that is a threat to repeat. Edgerton suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday at Orfordville Parkview, but was one game away from qualifying for state last year. Madison Edgewood has knocked out the Crimson Tide in the sectional the last two years.


Edgerton baseball and football coach Mike Gregory said his nephew, Adam, has been a jack-of-all trades for the Crimson Tide.


“Adam’s done whatever I have asked of him without any complaints,” Mike said. “He wasn’t the biggest kid on the football field, but he was tough. I would’ve taken my chances against anybody with 11 Adam Gregorys on the field.


“But baseball is his passion. He has worked hard in becoming a complete player. Last year, he led off for us because that’s where we needed him. This year, he’s batting second and doing the same thing he did last year. Hitting the ball all over the place and getting on base.”


Adam hit a robust .558 last season in earning first-team all-conference honors and .392 as a sophomore.


In four games this season, Adam is batting over .600, with a team-leading three doubles.


Adam, the son of Mark and Julie, said the bar has been set high for the baseball team.


“Considering what we had coming back and how close we came last year (to state), we feel like we have a lot to improve this year,” Adam said. “Coach still says we have to take it one game at a time, but we’re definitely expecting to do well with the lineup we have. It’s solid from top to bottom, and our pitchers are very capable, too.


“I think more than anything, we would like another shot at Edgewood. That’s the one team that we really want to play.”


Gregory, who pitches and plays second base, hopes to play collegiate baseball at either nationally-ranked UW-Whitewater or UW-Stevens Point.


He would prefer to stay at second base in college.


Coach Gregory thinks Adam’s work ethic and talent is good enough to play at the next level.


“The key for Adam if he plays in college is that he is going to have to be patient,” coach Gregory said. “The college game has really changed, especially at the Division III level.


“You have to be able to contribute as a freshman and be ready to play, but know that you may have to wait a year or two before you get a lot of playing time.”


Adam is not looking forward to the end of his playing days at Edgerton. Unlike most seniors, he’s not counting the days until graduation.


The Gregory name is synonymous with Edgerton athletics, thanks in large part to his grandfather, Jack.


Being a Gregory in the tightly-knit Edgerton community comes with high expectations, especially on the athletic field.


One look at Adam Gregory’s long list of athletic accomplishments tells you that he has more than lived up to the hype.



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