D9Sports.com/EYT Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
(Submitted photo. Photo by Mackenzie Hetrick)
KOLBY BARRETT – SOPHOMORE – REDBANK VALLEY
Son of: Adam and Wendy Barrett
Sports Played: Football, Wrestling, Track & Field (He doesn’t plan on wrestling this year)
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: His family consists of a ton of athletes. His father and mother were both athletes in school, and his older brother, Brock, played both basketball and football and went on to play football at Westminster. His first cousin, Ethan Hetrick, is one of Redbank’s starting wide receivers.
2018-19 Highlights: He lettered in all three sports and was named the team’s Most Improved Freshman in football. He was also the top freshman discus thrower in District 9.
Post-High School Plans: In the future he plans on going to college majoring in journalism. He would like to play football in college.
Q&A With Kolby Barrett
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
KB: My favorite sport would have to be football, just the overall atmosphere of the game is unbelievable. When I go to practice for the sport, it doesn’t bore me and it’s overall just interesting. The competitive nature of the game is also a huge reason why I love it.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
KB: Although I am just a sophomore, there were many things that stood out to me as a freshman. Our district playoff game would easily have to be one, although we lost, the win or go home situation of the game really drove me and made such a memorable game. Another key event that will always stick through me would have to be our wrestling match against Brookville. The final match came down to me and the soon to be state champion. The stands were packed and I was never this nervous in my life. Although I lost that tough match, the support from my team and just the fans will be something that I never forget.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
KB: I play high school sports for a various of reason. The main reason why I play has to be the competitiveness. I love being put against people that I know are a lot better than me. It drives me to play better. Although I play probably one of the most boring positions in football, I always feel like I’m serving a duty for the common good, to win. That’s why I like to play on the O line, but more broadly sports in general.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
KB: Honesty, that would have to be my parents. From the time my mother put in from running me from place to place and always showing me support. To the overall knowledge that my father gave no matter what sport I was in at the time.
D9Sports: If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be and why?
KB: One major thing that I would like to change about high school sports and just sports, in general, would have to be the pressure that parents tend to put on there kids. I was blessed to have parents who didn’t care what sport I was and always pushed me to be the best no matter what. I think that if there is a kid who truly doesn’t want to play baseball that his parents should force him to play. But they should encourage their child in whatever they do.
D9Sports: If you could be president for a day, what would be the one major thing you would do?
KB: Honestly, if I was president I wouldn’t want to change much. I feel that our president was chosen and elected for a reason and put there for a certain reason. I would honestly just explore the White House if I was president for a day and look through the history that that building holds. Overall, I wouldn’t want to be president and hold the sort of power that they hold.
D9Sports: What is your ideal place to live? County, City, Suburb? Why?
KB: I would have to say the county. I’ve always grown up in a nice farmhouse and lived in the quietness of having no neighbors.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
KB: Probably something that many people wouldn’t know about me and would be surprised to find out about me is that I have a love for dogs and even have a very small Shitzu.
D9Sports: What is your strongest subject in school?
KB: My strongest subject would have to be writing and my journalism class. I have always just been given the God-given ability to write very well and have put that to use in writing sports articles.
D9Sports: If there was one period in history or one event in history you could go back to, what would it be?
KB: That’s a tough one, I would obviously like to go back to the beginning when the whole earth was created. But I would also like to go to 1776 when America was created.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
KB: One question I would ask would have to be, is there any major rule models that you see within you coaches? I would answer this with yes. My head football coach, Gold would be one for not only me but all the athletes on my team. Just how he treats us kids like his own is something that I respect within a coach. He finds time to lead in the community, in the school, provide for his wife, his religion, and for his team.