Double Duty: Patriots’ Brown, Visco split seasons with teams
BROADALBIN – Being able to excel at the varsity level in three sports takes a special athlete.
A pair of Broadalbin-Perth athletes, Pat Brown and Anthony Visco, have taken their abilities to another level.
Visco, a starting infielder and pitcher on the B-P baseball team, also competes for the school’s track and field team. He plays football in the fall and runs indoor track in the winter.
Brown ran cross country in the fall and was a goalkeeper for the Patriots’ soccer team. Instead of running indoor track this winter, as he did as a junior, Brown opted to work on his conditioning to pitch and play center field for the Patriots.
Brown posted a 10-3-1 record in goal for the Patriots last fall, collecting 47 saves and allowing only nine goals in 1,065 minutes of play. As a member of the cross-country team, he placed 23rd overall in the Class C sectionals championships with a time of 17:20.16 over the Saratoga Spa Park course.
“I wanted to help out the soccer team because Tucker Wilcox’s brother Madison [goalkeeper on 2011 state championship team] was a senior and I thought I might be able to help them out,” Brown said. “But I still wanted to stay dedicated to running, and I love baseball. I ran indoor last year, but we didn’t know for sure if there was going to be an indoor team this year, so I chose to get ready to baseball.”
Visco, a junior, is looking ahead to the fall when he dons the Patriots football jersey.
“I wanted to get faster for football because I think we are going to be really good this year,” he said. “I got asked by both coaches to do track, so I said I would do it. I do all three jumps – high jump, triple jump and long jump – and the 110 hurdles. However, baseball is my primary sport [and takes precedence] if there is a game and a meet on the same day.”
Maintaining balance in their grades, sports and social lives is a challenge for Brown and Visco.
“It is pretty tough, actually,” Visco said. “I try to get as much of my school work done during the day, then after baseball practice I go straight to track and then home, do my homework and then go to bed. Then in the morning, I get up and go lift at 6 a.m. every day. I enjoy it. The athletic director [Mike Calvello] had to approve it, and he looked at my grades, and they were 85 or higher, so he said it was OK.”
The scenario was similar for Brown this fall.
“[The grades] were not that much of a problem because I am like a 92-average student,” Brown said. “School comes first, so I made sure everything was done. Practices were hard because I was going right from 2:15 getting ready for soccer right to about 6 o’clock every night going right to cross country.”
Visco said any student-athlete doing double-duty in a season should remember:?”Definitely get your school work done first. Then you have time to relax when you get home.”