Inking the deal

LAKE PLACID - Reliable. Athletic. Trustworthy. Hard working. Those were just some of the positives used by coaches and family members to describe Lake Placid High School's Nathan Stanley Tuesday morning, as he signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Clearwater Christian college. "He's just a good Christian kid," said former LPHS baseball coach Dan Coomes. "I think it's the perfect fit him." A standout on the diamond, Stanley primarily played in the outfield for the Green Dragons. During his senior year, he led the team to the Class 4A, District 10 title during his senior year while batting a scorching .397. Stanley said he plans on being a utility player at the next level, which will include some time in the outfield and infield, as well as on the pitching mound.
And lucky for CCC, Stanley is well equipped to play a wide array of positions. After all, he made the varsity team for six different sports in high school. "I wanted to do it all," Stanley said, after he inked his name on the dotted line. "I swam. Played golf, basketball, baseball, and soccer. And bowling, too. Everything except football." Stanley's athletic achievements didn't go unnoticed. He was honored with the 2013 Marine Corp High School Award for Most Athletic Male and was the only Green Dragon to receive a collegiate offer. "We're really proud of him," said Nathan's grandfather, Ed Stanley, who coached his grandson's youth baseball teams for nearly five years. "He might not think this is a big deal now, but he'll know in a few years how important this is." And Stanley's impressive resume reaches beyond athletics. Along with making the honor roll at Lake Placid, Stanley was involved in student government, was spotlighted as a Student of the Month, and had an immaculate attendance record. After school, you were likely to find him volunteering in the community. Stanley assisted with Lake Placid's Dixie Youth baseball team and the city's youth basketball team. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid, he was actively involved with the youth group and traveled to Alabama last year to lend a hand with the tornado relief effort. Because faith is a big part of Stanley's life, he said he hopes to incorporate it into his education while at college. "My major right now is sports marketing, but I'm also signed up for a minor in youth ministries," he said. "But it's just one day at a time right now." Stanley will be joining a CCC squad that reached the semifinals of this year's Division II College World Series. The Cougars have been perennial contenders as of late, reaching the World Series for the second time in three seasons. They reached the championship game in 2011 but fell 3-0 to Toccoa Falls.