Smithton’s Cameron Westermier is swinging a hot bat to start the spring baseball season.
“I guess my start this season,” said the Tigers’ senior shortstop of his high school athletic highlight. “I had three triples Thursday against Stover and three hits last night (against Otterville),” said Westermier. “I’ve never really thought anything about that. I’ve never started out a season like this.”
In his fourth season of baseball at Smithton, the 17-year old senior was named All Kaysinger Conference as a sophomore.
Westermier isn’t doing too badly in the class room as well. He had a 3.74 grade-point average at the end of last semester, scored a 24 on the ACT and plans to take it again in April or May and is ranked sixth academically out of 37 seniors at Smithton.
He plans to attend the Missouri School of Science and Technology at Rolla this fall to major in mechanical engineering. He has talked to the baseball coach at MST and might try to play baseball his sophomore season but want to get a leg up on his academics as a freshman.
He does plan to attend baseball tryouts at Rolla in June.
“Academics are more important,” said Westermier. “Academics take you places in life, like a good job. Sports are just something to do between classes.”
Westermier has taken weighted and dual-credit courses to help with his grade point and to help him get started on his college credit hours. As a junior, he took Chemistry and Algebra II. He is taking dual-credit courses College Algebra, Trigonometry, History 117, History 118 and English Composition.
“Trigonometry is tough,” he said, shaking his head.
Westermier is a member of the school’s Math Club, has been inducted into the National Honor Society and is a member of the A Club (Letterman’s Club).
Westermier has played four years of soccer and baseball for the Tiger. He made All Conference in baseball as a sophomore and All Conference and All District in soccer his senior season.
He started playing baseball in T-ball in Sedalia and came up through the Sedalia Little League system and played for Jud Kindle’s Junior Bomber traveling team last summer.
He started playing soccer at age of eight in the Paul Klover Soccer League in Sedalia.
When not going to school or playing sports, Westermier likes to spend time with his friends, and riding four wheelers.
Westermier has a younger brother, Tristan Westermier, 13 and a seventh grader at Smithton.
He is the son of Sheila and John Westermier, Sedalia.