Sprague is a three-sport captain for the Golden Eagles

Times file photo Belpre senior Bailey Sprague is a first All-Ohio punter in football and is also a standout in basketball and baseball.

Bailey Sprague


Year: senior

Age: 18

GPA: 4.23

Favorite subject: history

Sports: football, basketball, baseball (4-year letter winner in football and baseball; three-year letter winner in basketball) (captain in all three sports)

football honor: 1st-team All-Ohio (D6)

football positions: kicker/tight end/defensive end

Hgt.: 6-foot-3

Wgt: 210

Punting avg.: 40 yds

College: undecided

Major: physical therapy

Family: Brian and Kerri Sprague; sister Britan and brother Blake

Question: What’s your favorite sport?

Answer: (Laughs) Whatever’s in season at the time.

Q: That would be basketball right now. How are things going on the court?

A: We have a new coach (Tyler Leasure) this year, and he’s doing well.

Q: What’s you career-high in points for a single game?

A: I had 26 points and 12 rebounds against Wahama (Dec. 12, 2017) (Belpre won 69-63.).

When I was sophomore, I had a good game over at the Convo (Ohio University Convocation Center) when I scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Q: This past fall, you were all-state in football as a punter. That had to have been pretty satisfying?

A: It was overwhelming. It means a lot to me.

Q: Would you like to play college football?

A: Yes, but I’m not sure where yet.

Q: How long have you been playing football?

A: Since I was 11-years-old. Before that I played soccer.

Q: Is kicking soccer-style an advantage?

A: You’re more accurate.

Q: What’s your range as a field goal kicker and your punting average?

A: About 41 yards (field goal) and a little over 40 yards as a punter.

Q: Is there a football highlight that you’d like to share with us?

A: Making the playoffs in my freshman and sophomore years. That was a great experience for me.

Q: How about a basketball highlight?

A: Getting to the district semifinals.

Q: And baseball?

A: District finals. I pitched in the first three games of the tournament (sectional and district semi). And that was pretty cool playing the final at Chillicothe Paints stadium.

Q: When you weren’t pitching, what position did you play?

A: (Laughs) Just about everywhere — outfield and infield. Wherever the coach needed me.

Q: How’s the Belpre baseball team going to be in the spring?

A: We should be pretty good.

Q: Do you play baseball in the summer?

A: In the summer, I get ready for football by conditioning and lifting.

Q: Who has helped impact your career as a Belpre student-athlete?

A: My family’s always been there for me. They go to all my games.

My dad coached me when I was younger.

Q: What do you do off the playing fields?

A: I just hang out with my friends and family — and church.

Q: How was your Christmas, and have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

A: (Laughs) I got everything and more at Christmas. And my New Year’s resolution is just to be better.

Ron Johnston, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com