Spencer McGuire’s senior year did not go as he thought it would.
But it could have been a lot worse athletically if not for a very persistent Tanner Toolson.
McGuire, who stands 6-foot-6, played baseball and basketball growing up. But after middle school, McGuire decided to focus solely on baseball.
“Then my junior year, Tanner Toolson and I were talking,” McGuire said, referring to Union’s all-state guard. “He said ‘Dude, just come to some open gyms and have fun.’ So I went, and then I talked to Coach (Blake) Conley after that first day, and he said I should try out for the basketball team and see what happens.”
McGuire ended up making the junior varsity team that year, and he enjoyed the experience.
But when his senior year started, McGuire went back to focusing on baseball.
“But then Tanner Toolson was there again,” McGuire said. “He’s like ‘Hey, you’ve got to try out. Everyone wants you on the team.’ So I tried out.”