MERIDIAN, Miss. -- The 11th member of the 2018 All-Scholastic Sports Team is a Lamar multi-sport star whose impact resonates on and off the field with his teammates on the football field, and the baseball diamond.
"We had a lot of kids that would be worthy of this" said Lamar head football coach Mac Barnes. "We're certainly proud of Blake, and he's certainly deserving. I think this will just be another step in the future that has a lot of success in it."
"He's our enforcer, that's what we call him" said Lamar head baseball Luke Walker. "He's a guy if I ever have a problem, if I think we're not practicing with enough intensity, or in a game, that's a guy that I go to, and he makes sure that everybody gets ready to go."
Dearing has won two state championships with the Lamar football team, starring as a three-year starter on the defensive line. He also preps on the Raiders baseball team as the starting first baseman.
His accolades of course going beyond the playing field at Lamar. He scored a 31 on the ACT, and maintains a 4.125 GPA while balancing football and baseball.
"Blake is really just more mature than most kids his age" Barnes said. "I think he's one of the players, and students that I feel is ready to go to college. He works hard into the off-season. He doesn't rely on talent to do what he does."
Dearing's success athletically and academically earn him a spot on this year's All-Scholastic Sports Team, but he couldn't get this far without a strong supporting cast at Lamar.
"Honestly, I was really kind of shocked, but also honored" said Dearing. "I just thank all my teachers and coaches staying behind me, my parents, family. I couldn't have even gotten close to achieving this without all them."