Barnes to become an Eagle

Brandon Barnes will continue playing baseball at Wake Tech Community College. He is seated next to his mother Lori Barnes (front row). Back Row (L-R): Coach Brian Ford, Kenny Barnes (father). (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

KENLY—Brandon Barnes, a three-sport standout and integral member of the North Johnston baseball team over the past two seasons, recently signed his letter of intent to continue playing baseball at Wake Tech Community College.

For the consistent Barnes, who hit .377 in his two seasons for the varsity team, finding the right mix of being able to continue playing ball and finding a school that offered what he wanted academically was key in his decision.

Receiving interest from the University of Mount Olive, Barnes felt Wake Tech was just the right fit.

“The academics were a plus,” said Barnes. “The coach seemed like an amazing person…they had me when they first talked to me.”

Barnes wants to pursue an associates degree in Health and Fitness Science before transferring in two years, hopefully still being able to continue playing baseball.

Wake Tech coach Eric Sibrizzi takes over a program that went 27-18-1 last year and in Barnes, he will get the services of a gritty competitor.

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