Liberty grad eyes joining Huskies

August 5, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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Although high school is over, baseball isn’t. At least it isn’t for 2010 Liberty High School graduate Troy Colyer, who will attend the University of Washington in the fall and tryout for the baseball team as a walk-on.

“If baseball works out and I make the team, I’ll pursue it for all four years,” Colyer said.

Although he played shortstop at Liberty, he said he would play whatever position he is asked to at the college level.

Troy Colyer, former Liberty High School shortstop, smashes a homerun in May 2009. Colyer graduated from Liberty this year and will try out for the University of Washington baseball team as a walk-on. By Greg Farrar

Attending the UW also meant turning down several scholarships from other colleges, including Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., which offered him $54,000. However, the decision to become a Husky was a natural one, as his sister currently attends and both his parents attended the UW.

“I think the thing that drew me there was the family legacy,” he said, adding that he became accustomed to a lot of purple and gold at an early age.

In high school, Colyer inundated himself in sports. He made the varsity baseball team his freshman year, sharpening his skills early and earning an honorable mention from the KingCo 3A league.

Looking back, he said he remembers the experience of playing varsity baseball as a freshman as being intimidating.

“It was scary at first,” he said. “I used to be a small guy.”

As a freshman, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall and 140 pounds, four inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter than he is now. By his sophomore year, he was named to the All-KingCo Conference all-league second team, and by his junior year, he was named to the All-KingCo Conference all-league first team and all-state second team.

He was again named to the All-KingCo Conference all-league first team and all-state second team his senior year.

Colyer also played varsity football his freshman, sophomore and senior year, junior varsity basketball his freshman and sophomore year, and golf his junior year.

He played wide receiver and cornerback on the football team and shooting guard on the basketball team. He gave both up after his sophomore year to focus on baseball, but football coach Steve Valach was able to bring Colyer back to football his senior year with aggressive recruiting.

Colyer said he is focusing on his hitting as he prepares for the team’s tryouts in early fall, and he is spending the summer playing baseball on a local team in the Connie-Mack league. If he doesn’t make the UW team this fall, he said he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and go into business.

“I like the aspect of selling to big groups,” Colyer said. “I just kind of like the pressure aspect of it.”

Colyer also already joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity with football teammate Kyle Aherns.

Steve Darnell, head coach of the Liberty baseball team, worked with Colyer throughout his high school career and said he was a pleasure to coach.

“He’s one of those gifted athletes that works hard at getting better,” Darnell said. “He’s also one of those rare kids that thrives in pressure.”

He added that he would be thrilled if Colyer makes the UW team.

“It’s always a feather in the cap when one of your own makes it to that level,” Darnell said.

If Colyer makes the team, he will be reunited with former teammate Erick Peterson, a Liberty graduate who now plays shortstop for the Huskies.

“It would be a blast. I love Erick,” Colyer said.

Troy Colyer’s father Chris said Troy will succeed in whatever field he pursues, be it baseball, business or anything else.

“Troy’s got a really good skill set in terms of communications skills,” Chris Colyer said. “He’s very sharp and I think he’ll do really well in whatever he sets out to do.”

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One Response to “Liberty grad eyes joining Huskies”

  1. Peter Summerville on August 13th, 2010 12:39 am

    Go troy! yourrrrrrrrrrrr the best!

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