It didn’t take Will Gersky long to figure out that his dream of playing baseball for a top-flight college program would take more than just natural ability. Talent alone does not grant special privileges.
“The college recruiting process starts with your grades in the classroom,” said the 6-foot-4, 225-pound first baseman for Avon Old Farms. “I quickly learned the first question college baseball coaches ask your high school and summer league coaches is how are your grades and SAT scores. Baseball skills matter, but grades and SAT scores matter more.”
Gersky has been part of the Winged Beavers program for four years. At the end of his eighth-grade year, the Woodbury, Conn., resident looked for a place that would challenge him academically and allow him to compete at a high level, while maintaining family values and molding his character.
“My parents [Peter and Sarah] have been everything for me my entire life,” he said. “They have been with me every step of the way, pushing me to be the best person I can be, and for them, that meant more than just academically and athletically. I thank them for all the opportunities they have given me to explore and pursue my dreams."