The Duncan Banner

Sports

July 4, 2013

Student of the Game

Bergner gains knowledge as asst. coach

MARLOW — Normally when seniors graduate high school, they go off on vacation in preparation for college.

But, for Marlow’s Wakely Bergner, he took a different approach to the first part of the summer.

The former Outlaws baseball standout chose to become an assistant coach alongside his former skipper Jeff Brewer, helping out during MHS’ summer league games.

It was perhaps a sign of the future for Bergner, as he plans to major in secondary education at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas with hopes of becoming a coach someday.  

“It was fun getting to be an assistant,” Bergner said. “I was able to still be around the guys and try to teach them a little. Hopefully I was able to help them out in some form or fashion. Just getting to sit and listen to coach Brewer was an awesome experience for me, getting to see things from the other side was very beneficial for me. I now know what he and the rest of the coaches were talking about when I was playing when they would try and tell me things.”

Bergner added it was a little weird having to go from being teammates with a lot of the older guys left on the team, to becoming a coach for them.

“I really didn’t try to tell the older guys as much as I did the younger kids,” he said. “I tried to help coach the younger guys a little more. But, I know if I had something to say the older guys listened.”

For head coach Jeff Brewer, there was never a doubt about letting one of his standout players work alongside him during the summer.

“Wakely is wise beyond his years,” Brewer said. “He eats up the game of baseball. I had a premonition at the Sulphur tournament during the regular season and told myself ‘He’s going to be a great assistant coach.’ I’ll give him five years to get graduated and maybe someday he’ll come join me or I’ll be coaching against him. He’ll have success in every aspect of college on the field and in academics, because he’s a worker and does what he’s supposed to do.”

While he might have been busy assisting the Outlaws baseball team most of the summer, Bergner did manage to fit in a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, where he soaked in all the sights and sounds of TD Ameritrade Stadium.

“I got to go watch batting practice, and watch how those guys focus on the fundamentals,” Bergner said. “Even though they were in a big atmosphere, they were always trying to do little things right. It’s a great experience to go watch. You get to see all the fan support, and see just how hard work can really pay off.”

 

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • In the middle of it Demons return from camp energized

    Duncan volleyball returned to practice with a spring in its step Monday, despite not being on their own gym floor.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Defensive showcase Comanche’s defense strengthens

    Everyone around the Indian program (even one Outlaw) points out how far the softball team has come, but nothing is more evident then the improvement on defense.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major

    Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy.

    On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

    In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

    And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

    July 20, 2014

  • Watkins wins Watkins shines in Duncan tennis tournament

    Freshman Addie Watkins didn’t let playing older opponents deter her from winning the 16-year-old girls division at the Duncan First Bank Jr. Challenger Tournament Friday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • McKelvey named Banner sports editor

    Assistant Sports Editor John McKelvey has been promoted to sports editor of The Duncan Banner.

    July 20, 2014

  • Budler Budler earns his PGA membership

    In just half the time he was allotted, Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Assistant Golf Professional Mark Budler achieved PGA membership status.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Junior clinic helps young players prepare for the Hoedebeck Tournament

    It wasn’t a coincidence that The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club held one of its summer junior clinics the week before the Hoedebeck tournament tees off — General Manager Mike Hansen wants to give his players all the help he can before the big day.

    July 20, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season

    Little news is truly made at the Southeastern Conference's media days, where players and coaches predict, insinuate and deflect in advance of this fall's college football season.
     

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Volleyball gets off to fast start in Missouri tournament

    On a big stage, there was no stage fright for Duncan volleyball, which had both of its six-player teams finish 5-3 in the first day of its summer tournament.

    July 18, 2014

  • Bringing a racket to Duncan

    A tournament that will take place at Duncan High School Friday has high school students eager to prove themselves against opponents from across the state of Oklahoma.

    July 18, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results