Scholar Athlete: Dakota Whaley

Dakota Whaley has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember.  He was a boy who grew up with a dad who had a love for the sport.

“Him and all his brothers played so growing up, I was always influenced to play baseball and I grew up around it so I really enjoyed it,” said Whaley.

An enjoyment that’s lasted all throughout high school. Whaley has been on the Harris County baseball team since the 8th grade and is now a senior third baseman and a pitcher.  He says he enjoys being a part of a team with a lot of camaraderie.

“Coming into that dugout everyday, you know all your teammates have your back and you’re just one big family out there,” he said.

It’s a family who’s supported him over the years, including a coach who calls him a good role model.

“He’s a high character kid, he’s a great teammate, he’s just an all-around good high school teenager,” said coach Steve Westmoreland.

Whaley is an all-around student athlete who’s been encouraged by his parents to be involved. He’s part of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, Students Standing Strong and the Future Business Leaders of America: a list of extra-curricular activities that also go along  with a 4.1 GPA

“I was raised on the idea that athletics aren’t gonna last forever and not everybody’s gonna make it to the major leagues,” said Whaley.  “So growing up with an emphasis on grades has really been carried over to high school and I took that seriously and focused on my academics so I could have a bright future.”

A future that includes attending the University of Georgia where Whaley plans on majoring in international affairs.

“It’s just always been a passion of mine because international affairs is basically how the world around is interacts with each other, how countries interact, and stuff like that has always interested me and global issues and things like that,” said Whaley.

If you’re an area coach or Athletic Director and would like to nominate an athlete for our weekly Scholar Athlete segment, you can e-mail Jenna Callari at jcallari@wltz.com.

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