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Top of Their Game: 'Big Tex' has unfinished business at The Woodlands

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It’s been a dream of Will Swope’s to play for the University of Texas. He looks like a Longhorn baseball player.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, The Woodlands Highlander dual-position, all-district regular enters his senior season with high expectations this season and beyond.

“I grew up loving the Longhorns and most of my family went there,” Swope said. “When I got the

offer, I knew I wanted it and took it. There is so much tradition and a winning culture there. It’s an honor to wear your home state across your chest.”

Playing for The Woodlands, Swope has been on the biggest stage in high school sports and plays for the biggest brand name in the Greater Houston area. The Highlanders reached the state tournament last season, trying to capture its fourth title.

“I love playing for The Woodlands,” he said. “I love my teammates, Coach Eastman and his staff. There have been so many great players come through here, who have laid the tradition. We just want to keep it going. It’s a pride thing.

Ridge Points Skylar Fields, TWHS' Will Swope, Pearland's JD Head, Manvel's Mckinzie Green, Morton Ranch's LJ Cryer (PHOTO: Diana Porter) 

“We started off slow last season, but we really bonded and began working as a team in district. Once we got into the playoffs, we just had great momentum and just fed off of it.”

As the high school season rolled into June, Swope got a late start on the showcase summer season. He spent much of his summer honing new pitches, which should make him unhittable come the spring.

“I really like my fast ball, it’s my go-to pitch,” he said. “My slider is developing and I’m trying to work on my change-up. It takes a lot of bullpen work and arm care. The offseason is when you get

better. You really have to work on the small things over and over like changing your grips. It takes a lot of practice.”

While he is a power pitcher, Swope can also crush the ball at the plate and play third-base. Being versatile is key to reaching his ultimate goal. It could also improve his MLB Draft status, which could come into play in June.

“We’ve talked through this as a family and the ultimate goal is to play professional baseball,” he said. “But right now, I’m a Texas Longhorn.

“It would be a surreal moment to be pitching at Minute Maid Park for or against the Houston Astros. You have to set your goals high, right?”

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