Lafayette's Coley Hingson - Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 11:14 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2018-02-15 08:22:59-05

MAYO, Fla. (WTXL) - Last spring, the Lafayette Hornet baseball team won their first ever State Championship.

"I mean, it's been a dream come true," said senior Coley Hingson. "We've been dreaming about this since we were fourth graders."

That 2016 State Championship, a dream realized for Coley and his teammates. They want more, but they know, there's a long way to go.

"This team right here has done nothing," said Coley as he looked around at his teammates. "Last year was a State Championship team. This team has accomplished nothing. Now we have to go out and prove to everyone what we can do."

Coley's making sure this team is doing all they can to get back to Ft. Myers and win some more hardware.

 "He leads very well by example, because he busts his tail everyday at practice," said head coach Tim Hanson. "I don't think that he's ever going to take mediocrity. He's going to strive to get better."

"I just want to see them focused, and have their head in the game, and do what we practice to do," added Coley. "That's all I ask, just give it our best, because you can't ask for more than that."

Coley's also giving it his best in the classroom - as the senior boasts a 3.95 GPA.

"My mom's a teacher so she's always harping on me to get good grades and all," he laughed. "Coach Tim, he stays hammered down on us to make sure we're doing our schools work."

"He has such great discipline when it comes to getting his school work and balance that with the practices because we do have a pretty grueling practice schedule," said coach Hanson. "That's what he's managed to do because of his discipline."

Discipline in the classroom translates to discipline on the field, and in turn, hopefully another State title.

"We're going to be a strong defensive team," said Coley. "We have a great infield, bats are going to be hot too. I think we'll give it another shot."

Another shot, so for the second time ever, the Hornets, can celebrate a State title.