Senior baseball player cruising to Vanderbilt

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Maddux Conger has been offered a full ride playing baseball for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stephenville High School senior Maddux Conger is getting a four-year baseball scholarship to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “Honestly I was surprised,” he said. “Having a dad as a baseball coach, I’ve always grown up knowing that baseball is not a money sport.”

Conger received the news while having dinner with the Vanderbilt coach, Tim Corbin.

“The offer they gave me was really impressive,” Conger said. “My dad and I were extremely shocked and it was a dream come true really to have the opportunity to be able to play for a program like Vanderbilt.”

Conger isn’t sure what he wants to major in just yet.

“I’ve always wanted to do something that involves business or be a sports agent,” he said.

Right now Conger practices six times a week and is looking forward to his last year of baseball season at SHS.

“Just going out and putting it all out there,” he said. “Hoping we can get a state championship.”

He also enjoys history class.

“Since I didn’t get to live in that time period, I like looking at what actually happened and how the wars started,” said Conger. “And knowing how we’ve gotten where we are today.”

In his spare time Conger likes playing pool, ping pong and hanging with his friends.

“Every once in a while we’ll play basketball, football, soccer and anything we can just get out and play,” he said.

Conger is excited about starting a new chapter in his life.

“I'm looking forward to being able to go out and compete and earn a spot to play,” he said. “And getting a great education from Vanderbilt is just the best of both worlds. Playing for the number one team in the nation and also very elite academics.”