Big plans are brewing for the Cedar Redmen, Sean Peacock. “I plan on taking state. I want to go to state and take it.” With a ring in sight Sean understands this commitment level and training to be ready has to be unmatched. “I will always give 110%”
Since February Sean has been in the weight room training and he does not cheat his workouts simply because he is not “in season.” As a two-sport athlete playing Football and Tennis in the fall and spring one could make the mistake and think that the winter and summer are times to teak a break. Not for this Redmen, Sean takes advantage of the offseason to stay focused and ready to play his game at the highest level possible. “I lift all summer to be ready for football but I also go to tennis camp which will go all summer as well,” says Sean. “The coaches over at Canyon View put on a great tennis camp with two tournaments that help you gauge how much we’ve improved. We work on all sorts of drills and footwork to make sure we get good all around training.”
When you see commitment to athletics from your child early on you hope it doesn’t become a distraction. Sports can take a great deal of time and very few can balance both at a high level. Thankfully for Sean’s parents, doing so is a challenge their son handles well.
“Sean always works extremely hard,” says Todd Peacock, Sean’s father. “We’ve never once had to ask him to do his homework, he always gets it done. He’s a 3.96 GPA kind of student always working and his strength [academically] is in math and has a goal to follow his sister in becoming an engineer. With all his sports training, he is even going to an engineering camp this summer.”
Christine Peacock, Sean’s mother shares what impresses her most about her son and his drive to succeed. “Sean is very self-motivated when it comes to school. He’s a good student, and I appreciate that I never have to nag him to keep up on his schoolwork.”
When a teenager is heavily involved in their academics and athletics time can be precious. This is expressly true if a part-time job is also part of the mix. Christine is thankful though that her son is so focused and equally willing to help when and where he is needed. “I have to be careful not to ask too much of Sean,” she says, “because he’s the child that never talks back or gives me flak. He just does what is asked of him.”
The true measure of an individual is how hard he or she is willing to work to attain what they want out of life. Many are blessed with great talents and abilities that, on the surface, appear to make things easy. Some settle for their station no matter where they fall and are satisfied. Yet, there are those still who are unwilling to simply maintain position and be satisfied. These individuals are the ones that put in the effort and ‘work their way’ to where they want to be.
“It was hard for me throughout the years because I knew I hard to work my way to varsity. As a freshman I was not at all where I wanted to be,” recalls Sean. “As a sophomore I was top JV for the season and was on Varsity at the very end. It was a challenge because it took a lot of work to get there. Working through those challenges to get higher up on the ladder to reach varsity, it’s disappointing when you lose, but when your winning things feel good. There is always someone better though so you have got to keep working.”
Looking to his father and coaches as his greatest mentors, Sean respects those that have helped him get to where he is at this point in his high school sports career. “I really look up to them all. They have always taught me to work as hard as I can,” he says.
A difficult aspect of life is also learning how to properly cope with failure or not achieving a goal. These setbacks if not put into proper perspective can severely limit progress and can become stumbling blocks that prevent success in the future. “My coaches have also taught me to do is how to deal with disappointment,” Sean shares. “It can be hard bouncing back and knowing how to deal with a loss really helps.”
Life after high school for Sean will entail serving an LDS Mission. Hoping for a call to serve in Germany, Sean has prepared himself by learning the language. Already into his third year of German in school Sean hopes to put that to good use while serving both the German people as well as his faith. “I think it would be really cool to use my German [on a mission].” Professionally Sean has his sights on an Engineering degree.
Reflecting on his time playing sports Sean firmly believes that the hard work and dedication necessary to play sports will serve him well moving forward in life. “I think one of the biggest things is always working hard. That can really get you a lot of places in life. Never quitting is also a big part of it all. Don’t quit ever is a motto I have. I don’t believe in not giving it my all in everything I do.”
What Sean’s father believes he will remember most about his son’s time playing in high school is his willingness to give up a point during a match. Integrity is important in all aspects of life and like any proud parent would be, Sean’s father is always pleased to see his son make the right call representing his family name, teammates and school well. “He is so honest. In tennis you have to call in or out a lot on your own,” shares Todd. “He would rather tell the truth and lose the point then he would not and win. I think his honesty sets him apart.”
“…when you are winning things feel good. There is always someone better though so you have to keep working.“
Knowing this will be the final year that he will be putting on the Redmen uniform Sean has learned to embrace every moment and take the experience all in. “I will go to whatever I can to get better this summer and do everything I can to play as much as I can. This is my last year,” he says. “I want to make sure that when it is all over I have done my very best.”
Putting himself in the mind-set and scenario of the final match of the season as a senior, while at state, playing for the championship, Sean envisions the outcome and lives it in his heart and mind. “I see me winning. I am definitely excited and pumped for the experience, looking forward to winning it all right there. I am ready to go. Once it is all over I know I will really miss it. I really love playing sports and like the whole high school experience.”
As for what he will miss most about being a Redmen, Sean admits, “I really love and will miss competing with all of my friends who I will not see as much. I hope when it’s all over they remember that I was someone that had integrity, treated people well and that I worked hard and never quit. Working hard is the key!” • HSSI