By Derrick Smith
Little league sports are a part of almost every kid’s childhood. Whether they only play one season or latch onto a sport, it is a great introduction to sports and competition. Carter Sampson started playing sports at a young age and he is still playing them to this day.
“I started playing t-ball when I was four-years old,” he said. “And I think I was seven when I started playing tackle football. Over the years I have devoted a lot of time and put in the hard work that is required in order to be a successful athlete. Being dedicated to your sports is also really important to being your best.”
Sampson is a junior at Mooreland High School. He plays catcher and shortstop for the Bearcats baseball team while on the football field he plays quarterback and safety. Carter is also a member of the school’s track team.
Throughout his life Sampson has had people that have influenced him and helped shape him into the person and athlete that he is today. But he knows there is one person that has had the biggest impact.
“My dad is the role model that I look up to the most,” he said. “He is always pushing me, and he always believes in me. I would not be the person that I am today without him. I also have a teacher that has had an influence on me and that would be coach Thompson who taught American History. He was a fun teacher that also made learning fun.”
While he has had some memorable moments during his career, Sampson says that there is one game that stands out the most.
“I would have to say that playing in the quarterfinals of the football playoffs my sophomore year was a big moment,” he said. “We were playing Pawhuska and it was the first time in a few years that we had advanced that far in the playoffs.”
Outside of sports, Carter is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Spanish Club, and the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America organization. After he graduates from high school, Sampson plans to play collegiate baseball and pursue a business degree.