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Benson takes to the Maroons

Senior Colin Benson waits at third base, preparing for pitch delivery on Mar. 21, 2024, at Floyd E. Kellam High School. Photo used with permission from Melanie Meneses.

Senior Colin Benson takes to the diamond with only one goal on his mind. Three words: Be the best. 

It is because of this attitude that Colin was able to sign on with Roanoke College, located in Salem, Va., for the 2024-25 school year.

“I chose Roanoke baseball for the small campus, but a big campus feel,” said Colin. “The coach gave me an opportunity I couldn’t refuse; the campus is beautiful and felt like home as soon as I stepped into there.”

Since Colin was a kid, he has always had a love and passion for baseball. Beginning at age nine, he has worked with head coach Peter Zell at the youth baseball program offered at Ocean Lakes.

“Colin has been a complete team player ever since he got here. He’s driven to be an excellent high school player, wanting to be a college player,” said Zell. “Colin’s going to fit in perfectly at Roanoke there with the other guys on the team.”

Former Ocean Lakes Alumni Nate Chown and Johnny Wall also attend Roanoke and play for the Maroons baseball team.

“The biggest difference between high school ball and college ball is that everyone works hard and gets every extra rep they can,” said Chown. “I don’t think this will be a challenge for Colin; he’s always had a good work ethic.”

According to Colin, to be the best, this athlete turns to religion to keep his mentality up. Music also keeps him focused and in a positive mindset when warming up for a game or practice. 

“I grew up around baseball. My father would watch it on the TV when I was a kid, and I’ve been playing for 10 years now,” said Colin. 

Colin received a $37,000 yearly scholarship from Roanoke based on his academics.

Although he doesn’t plan to continue baseball after college, he plans on pursuing the field of economics or flying planes.

“Every day Colin improves, becoming bigger, faster and stronger. He brings a team player attitude. He’s very unselfish and will do whatever needs to be done for the team. He will represent Ocean Lakes very well at Roanoke,” said Zell.

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Jade McAboy
Jade McAboy, Boys Sports Editor
Jade McAboy is a junior and a second-year journalism student. This year is her first year as the boys sports editor. Jade is also an athletic trainer for Ocean Lakes Athletic Training Team. In her free time, she enjoys beach trips, reading and hanging out with friends.

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