High School Sports

Inaugural male Inspiring Athlete of the Year Brandon Gettig a standout in soccer, basketball and baseball

Brandon Gettig was named the CDT’s inaugural male Inspiring Athlete of the Year.
Brandon Gettig was named the CDT’s inaugural male Inspiring Athlete of the Year. CDT file photo

Brandon Gettig has a simple philosophy when asked to pick his favorite sport.

“I’ve always said, ‘Whichever one I’m playing is my favorite,’” he said. “It’s hard to pick.”

Whichever sport Getting was playing, he did it well. He was All-State in soccer, scored more than 1,000 points in basketball and had a batting average above .400 in baseball.

He also made sure to enjoy what he was doing.

“Just being in it to have fun is what I do it for,” Gettig said. “I really enjoy just being able to play with the friends that I have. I’m just trying to enjoy it all.”

Doing it all and doing it well led the Bald Eagle Area senior to be named the Centre Daily Times’ first male Inspiring Athlete of the Year.

His school year began on the soccer field.

Gettig scored a team-high 15 goals and he also led the Eagles with eight assists. He had 10 more goals than any other teammate and three more assists than any other Eagle. He helped BEA capture the Mountain League championship and make a District 6 playoff appearance.

The midfielder’s season was capped by being the lone Centre County boy selected to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State team.

Gettig continued his outstanding senior campaign on the hardwood.

Leading the Eagles in scoring, he reached the 1,000-point mark for his career in February and helped fuel the Eagles offensively. The guard finished with 1,053 points.

This spring, the shortstop hit a team-high .426, and also led the Eagles with 29 hits and 20 runs scored.

“Last year Brandon excelled at second base,” coach Jim Gardner said. “This year Brandon has moved to shortstop and, in my opinion, he is competing at a level with any of our best shortstops ever.”

From one month to the next, Gettig was never bored.

“I enjoy it but there are times when it does have its drawbacks,” Gettig said. “I wish I could be doing something in one sport while I’m in another. It’s tough not being able to focus on one and not being as good as I can in one, playing three, but I love them all so much it would be hard to give one up for another.”

It was a tough end to the season for the Eagles, however.

BEA lost to Bellwood Antis 7-0 on May 14 in the first round of the District 6 Class AA playoffs, ending the Eagles’ season with a 7-13 record.

“I wish we could have done a little more,” Gettig said. “I’m definitely going to miss it, but I’m glad for the time I had with the team.”

As much as Gettig has been strong on the field and the court, he also has excelled in the classroom. He has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll every semester since seventh grade, and will be graduating in the top 10 percent of his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the student government, is active in his church’s youth group and has participated in mission trips with his church.

Gettig will have a chance to concentrate on just one sport soon. This fall he will be enrolling at the DuBois branch campus of Penn State, undecided on a major, and also will be a member of the baseball team.

“It will be nice,” he said, “going to college and playing baseball, just focusing on that.”