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October 30, 2012
Zack Gahagan of North Henderson High School is known in Western North Carolina to be an outstanding baseball player. Why do I say that...because when a player hits .425 and scores 40 runs in a season, it has scouts travelling from everywhere to see him, but he has talents elsewhere like at quarterback.
Zack does not only excel on the baseball diamond, but the football gridiron also. Gahagan, who plays quarterback finished out the 2012 season by breaking three school records. This year, he passed for 2,041 yards with 21 touchdowns and rushed for 324 yards with 4 touchdowns. He broke the record for most passing yards in a single season, plus the career passing yards and career passing touchdown records. He now has 3,494 career passing yards.
When asked about breaking the records, Gahagan said, "I really never thought I would break a school record, but it is humbling. It shows all the hard work the team and I put forth. I credit my success to my coaches and teammates."
The Knights failed to make the football playoffs, but Gahagan was still very positive on the season. "We had high expectations going into the season. Although our record don't show it, we came together as a team and learned how to play the game the right way with the help of Coach J.D. Dinwiddie. We had a very strong passing game and as the year progressed, we improved our running game," said Gahagan.
With the 2012 football season over for North Henderson, Gahagan will hit the basketball court as he is the Knights' point guard. After basketball, he will focus on his diamond skills. He put up those excellent numbers last year which also included 16 RBIs and going 18 for 18 on stolen bases. An interesting stat for Zack was that he only struck out 1 time last year (another school record).
Gahagan will be one of the leaders of the baseball squad and he thinks they will be a solid ball team. "We will be a young team this year. We will lack in the pitcher position, but will have a strong infield with all of our starters back. Our expectations for the year are to go back to the playoffs and win the state title," stated Gahagan.
Even though a junior, Gahagan has verbally committed to play baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. When I asked him why he pick UNC, Gahagan responded, "I chose North Carolina because it has always been a childhood dream of mine to be a Tar Heel. I picked them because of the outstanding coaching staff, great baseball tradition, and education. I just would like to thank my parents, family, coaches, and teammates because without their support I wouldn't be where I am today."
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