He is a typical member of the famous Harding family from Green Ridge.
“Basketball is my favorite sport,” said the 17-year old junior at Green Ridge. “I’ve always had a passion for the game. I like running up and down the floor.”
Axton Harding made Academic All Kaysinger Conference his sophomore year in basketball and Honorable Mention All Kaysinger Conference at shooting guard for the Tigers his junior year. He shot 27 percent from beyond the three-point line as a junior ad scored a season-high 21 points in game against Santa Fe, scoring 16 with four treys in the fourth quarter.
A centerfielder for the baseball Tigers, Harding was Honorable Mention All Conference and All District his sophomore year. He hit .200 but led the team with 32 walks.
“I remember in our sectional game at New Haven,” he said. ”Their outfield ran downhill. I was hard to judge a fly ball. I was playing right-center and a guy hit a ball in the left-center gap. I ran hand and dove and caught the ball.”
The Tiger baseball team won the district last spring at Wheatland.
Harding is an excellent student as well. He has a 3.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, scored a 21 on the ACT and is ranked seventh academically out of 28 students in his junior class.
Harding, who is taking a weighted course this year in Chemistry, is planning to major in athletic training in college and is looking at Mizzou as a possible college choice. He wants to wait on scholarship offers before he makes his final selection.
“Academics are more important,” said Harding. ”You can’t play sports without the grades. And if you don’t pay attention in class, you’re done as far as your future goes.”
Besides the baseball and basketball tames at Green Ridge, Harding is a member of the Future Farmer of America and the Future Business Leaders of America.
In his spare time, Harding enjoys working and taking care of several animals at his home in Windsor and hunting and fishing.
Harding has two brothers: Austin Harding, 22 and a recent graduate of the University of Central Missouri and now living in Windsor, and Alden Harding, 14 and a freshman at Green Ridge.
Harding is the son of Amy Mullins, Windsor and Andy Harding, Green Ridge and the stepson of Green Ridge Athletic Director Brent Mullins.