United Community Bank Athlete of the Week: Surrey’s Will Mayo
SURREY, N.D. (KMOT) – Will Mayo plays a peculiar part on Surrey’s baseball team.
“I can hit the ball pretty well, but I’m pretty known for scooping the ball and making a good defensive play,” said Will, a senior at Surrey High School.
Last year, he wasn’t too proud of his peach fuzz.
“That started last year, and he just thought he couldn’t grow a mustache, so he put the eye black on,” said Coltan Francis, a senior at Our Redeemer’s.
“Coach looked at me, shook his head and had a smile... we had to win that game, otherwise I was never doing it again,” said Will.
What started as a stunt turned into a superstition.
“After winning so many games, you just got to keep it going. I think it helped us win games, honestly,” said Noah Erickson, a senior at Our Redeemer’s.
The Mustangs went on a nine-game win streak.
“Once you get a win streak with it, you’ve got to keep it,” said Coltan.
They won 14 of 15 games to end the regular season.
“I feel like I’m the man when I have the mustache on,” said Will.
Teammates and opponents caught on to the trend.
“They asked me how their mustaches looked, and I said, mine is always going to be better,” said Will.
Mayo, the Mustangs and his mustache made a trip to State.
“His mustache is absurd,” said Noah.
It was the team’s first State “B” in two decades.
“He’s good at sports. I was a little intimidated but once you get to know him, he’s just a teddy bear. He’s a nice guy,” said Noah.
Mayo’s mustache mania was a home run.
Will has secured an apprenticeship after he graduates from Surrey in the spring.
The Mustangs are scheduled to open the season in Garrison on Tuesday, weather permitting.
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