Carson Dwyre followed outstanding football and basketball seasons with state's best baseball campaign

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandy senior Canyon Dwyre played football, basketball and baseball during his time at Sandy High and will continue his baseball career at Chemeketa Community College. There is a growing debate in the high school sports arena about whether or not athletes should specialize in just one sport. The proponents of athletes branching out and splitting time between multiple sports may have found a poster child in Carson Dwyre.

Dwyre excelled in a football, basketball and baseball in his senior year at Sandy and is the Post’s 2013-14 Three-sport Athlete of the Year.

“I think being well-rounded really helped me,” Dwyre said. “It kept me busy and on my feet all year. There were no days off. It forced me to stay in shape and forced me to stay more focused in practice and in school.”

Dwyre entered the school year relatively unknown to most people familiar with Northwest Oregon Conference athletics, but he quickly made a name for himself as a member of the Sandy football team. As a wide receiver on a talented Pioneer offense, Dwyre announced himself as an athlete with big-play capability. He was a popular target when Sandy needed chunks of yards and the team went to him on deep throws down the sidelines consistently. He had multiple catches of 20-plus yards, including a 46-yard reception against powerhouse Sherwood.

Dwyre played both ways and was a daunting cornerback for the Sandy defense. His height and athleticism made life miserable for receivers he went up against. Dwyre was an honorable mention selection to the all-NWOC team for his performance at corner.

Dwyre moved seamlessly into the flow of basketball season as soon as the football team played its final game. He brought a positivity and spark to the hardwood that was huge for a young and inexperienced team.

“I wish I had 10 Carson Dwyres,” Sandy basketball coach Jason Maki said. “Carson was such a hard-working, positive, energetic, enthusiastic, all-around great kid.”

On the court, Dwyre did the little things that often go unnoticed by the casual observer. He was pesky defender and was constantly disrupting the flow of opposing offenses. He was always on the floor diving for loose balls. If the Pioneers committed a turnover, Dwyre was quick to get back on defense.

Dwyre’s hustle and effort was simply an extension of what he did in practice. It was in those settings behind closed doors that he earned the respect of his coaches and teammates.

“We have a ‘practice player of the week’ award, and I think Carson won it four or five weeks this year,” Maki said. “I can honestly say that I don't remember him having a bad day, being grouchy, being a typical teenager.  He was upbeat, enthusiastic and fun to coach every single day.  That is rare.  We all have bad days, but not Carson.

“Carson is a great teammate and a joy to coach.  I know it's a bit hokey, but I would be very proud if my own son grew up to be the person – and player, for that matter – that Carson Dwyre is.”

Dwyre helped the Pioneers to a 19-6 record and a top-10 ranking, and his best was yet to come.

On the baseball diamond, Dwyre was nothing short of sensational. After having been Sandy’s No. 3 starter as a junior, Dwyre embraced the role of ace as a senior. He was the Pioneers’ go-to hurler and went 5-1 in regular season. In the playoffs, no pitcher in the state – in any classification – was better.

Sandy rode Dwyre’s arm as he pitched in the team’s play-in qualifier and all four playoff games. He was the winner in all five games while allowing just two earned runs in more than 29 innings of work.

Dwyre’s brilliance was rewarded as he lifted the Pioneers to an 8-3 win over Hood River Valley in the state championship game. He also drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning of that contest. He was named Most Valuable Player of the title game.

“What makes him so great is that he is such a competitor,” Sandy coach Rick Martin said. “It is in his heart. Yeah, he is athletic. Yeah, he is tall. You can throw out all the figures you want, but what it comes down to is that he works harder than anyone. He prepares better than anyone. When he has a day off, he doesn’t take a day off.”

Dwyre finished the 2014 season with 10 wins and two saves in 13 appearances. In 66.1 innings, Dwyre allowed only three earned runs and finished with an ERA of 0.45. He also tallied 78 strikeouts.

Dwyre will attend Chemeketa Community College where he will pitch alongside former Pioneer Justin Adams in the spring.

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