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Award-winning Method

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Park City High School senior Greg Method just hit his own version of baseball’s two-run homer, or maybe it was more of an eagle on the golf course. Either way, the accomplished baseball player and golfer did what no Park City male athlete has ever done. He received the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Academic All-State award twice in one year.

When Method received the first award in the fall for golf, it was an accomplishment in itself. It had been almost seven years since Travis Williams and David Gerber had received the award twice in the same year and Park City was due for another recipient.

To be named to the Academic All-State is no easy feat. Not only are the award recipients among some of the top students in the state, but they must also be one of the top athletes on their team. That didn’t seem to be much of a problem for Method who started the year ranked No. 7 in his class and among the top three golfers on the Miners’ varsity squad. In baseball, he was one of the best players on the team.

Method was nominated for baseball by Park City head coach Howard Hoyt. Hoyt told him he was putting Method’s name in the ring, but only on the condition that he hit well the next day, Method recalled, laughing.

Ten other baseball players from the 3A division were tapped for the award with an average grade point average falling somewhere in the 3.9 range, but Method more than bested that mark. With a number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, Method’s GPA is actually higher than a 4.0 it’s a shocking 4.2.

Method had three AP classes this year ( a lighter load than past years, he said) and said that managing his school work came down to setting priorities for both sports and school. He made sure to keep up with his schoolwork, even when he missed class, and when he set foot on the field, he would single-mindedly focus on making himself and the team better.

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"You do it because you want to," he explained.

He also said a lot of factors helped him along, like understanding teachers that would allow him to make up work and coaches that encouraged him to succeed. But he said he never approached golf, baseball or academics as something he hoped to get an award for.

"I don’t go out thinking, ‘I’m going to do this, this year, so I can get some award at the end,’" Method said.

Method seems more satisfied with the camaraderie gained by playing high school sports. He looks fondly on this spring and his final year with the baseball team,

"It was one of the best experiences of my life. You get really close to the guys on the team," he said. "Through the wins and the losses, I felt like we were a really close team this year."

Method modestly admits that a severe case of "senioritis" has dropped him from No. 7 to just being in the mere top 10 percent of his class.

"I took a more laid-back approach to school this year," he said.

Still, he said that he made sure to set aside time to study each night and was careful to not fall behind in his school work.

Method is preparing to head to Santa Clara University in California this fall where he will study engineering. He doesn’t plan on playing anything besides intramural sports next year, but said he might consider trying to walk onto the university’s golf team later.

While golf, either collegiately or as an amateur tournament player, will be part of Method’s life for years to come, he is very cognizant that his years as a competitive baseball player have come to an end. After the baseball team lost to Grantsville, Method said he was stood on the field, stunned, but not because their playoff run was over.

"It was the experience with the guys," Method said. "When we lost to Grantsville, it was the realization that it was over."

Method was honored at the state championship game last Saturday at Kearns High School and received a plaque from the UHSAA. The Method family has also decided to donate a plaque to the school to recognize all of the athletes from Park City who have received the award over the years. The plaque will be displayed at the high school.

Other two-time notables:

Two females received the award twice in one year:

1989-1990

Jessica Whitesides Girls Basketball

Misha Bradford Girls Basketball

Jessie Whitesides Girls Track and Field

Misha Bradford Girls Track and Field

Two males won in their respective sports in consecutive years:

1999-2000

Travis Williams Boys Golf

David Gerber Boys Swimming

2000-2001

Travis Williams Boys Golf

David Gerber Boys Swimming

The Academic All-Sate award has been given to a Park City High school student 29 times since 1988 to 23 individual students:

1988-1989

Melanie Forsythe Girls Track and Field

Kim Wenner Girls Track and Field

1989-1990

Jessica Whitesides Girls Basketball

Misha Bradford Girls Basketball

Jessie Whitesides Girls Track and Field

Misha Bradford Girls Track and Field

1990-1991

Ryan McDaniel Boys Cross-Country

Nate Krenkel Boys Cross-Country

Dana Gress Boys Cross-Country

1992-1993

Cori Smith Girls Cross-Country

Vanessa Burns Girls Cross-Country

1994-1995

Bradley Wagner Boys Cross-Country

Colins Godfrey Boys Track and Field

1995-1996

Johanna Manwaring Girls Swimming

Justin Sanders Boys Tennis

Candice Christiansen Girls Track and Field

Brandon Boggs Boys Swimming

1997-98

Amy Jensen Girls Volleyball

1999-2000

Travis Williams Boys Golf

David Gerber Boys Swimming

2000-2001

Travis Williams Boys Golf

David Gerber Boys Swimming

2001-2002

Brandon Rogers Boys Baseball

Tyson Jones Boys Baseball

2002-2003

Zachary Borla Boys Swimming

2007-2008

Greg Method Boys Golf

Greg Method Boys Baseball

Beauwen Freckleton Boys Tennis

Ian Painter Boys Track and Field

Information obtained from the UHSAA from a listing of winners from all schools/sports/divisions from 1988-2000

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