Stigler’s Grayson Gilmore – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Cross

Written by Travis Sloat

Grayson Gilmore is a junior at Stigler High School, and he’s well into his junior baseball season. However, the center fielder and pitcher for the Panthers said his diamond dreams started a long time ago. 

“I started playing at age four for the Mighty Spideys,” Gilmore said. “And I have loved the game since day one. I love getting on the field with my teammates and giving 100% every day.” 

Baseball is a family affair at the Gilmore house, Gilmore said. 

“My dad played college baseball for the University of Arkansas,” he said. “And then he was drafted and played in the minor leagues for six years with the Houston Astros. I’ve always had a passion to be like him, and he has taught me many things about the game that I love.” 

Gilmore also plays safety and slot receiver for the Stigler football team, and in his free time he said he likes to hang out with his friends or play video games, but he mostly likes to go to the football field and throw the ball around with his buddies. 

When it comes to his junior season on the Panther diamond, Gilmore said he has a few goals for himself and a few for the team. 

“I want to go to state and hit over .400,” Gilmore said. “I want my ERA under 2.0, and I want to stay positive through the ups and downs. As a team, we want to win districts, win regionals, and make it to state. We want to overachieve this year and focus on playing for each other.” 

Coach Kevin Wilkett said Gilmore is a tough competitor who is always ready for a challenge. 

“He is a young man of great integrity and high character,” Wilkett said. “He strives to do his best for his teammates, friends, and family both on and off the field. Grayson is a better person than a player, and he is an amazing player.” 

Gilmore said a person’s character will always show who a person truly is.

“It displays how much you care about the game,” he said. “I try and hold my emotions in check during the game, and stay positive and keep my teammates positive. I want to be the best leader I can be.”