It’s been a year of tremendous athletic achievement for twins Brett and Brady Smith of Kingfisher.
The juniors were both starting wide receivers and defensive backs for Kingfisher’s state championship football team.
Both qualified to the state wrestling tournament. Brady lost in overtime in the finals at 138 pounds to Tanner Wall of Chandler, whom he had beaten in the regional finals. Brett lost in the first round at 152 pounds to eventual state champion Jared Schieber of Newkirk.
Both qualified to the state track and field championships as part of Kingfisher’s 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams.
And now, the Smith brothers have advanced to the state tennis tournament in No. 1 doubles. They finished third in the regional finals, losing in the semifinals to eventual regional champions Cole Cowan and Matt Beardsley of Mount St. Mary.
Playing multiple sports has left the Smiths with little time for anything else.
“It seems like it’s kind of tough to have a girlfriend,” Brady said.
The Smith brothers have enjoyed the freedom in Kingfisher to play multiple sports. They spent their sophomore year in Prosper, Texas, where they played football and wrestled, but were discouraged from playing anything but football.
“Football was about nine months out of the year (in Texas),” Brady said. “You had to do off-season football if you wanted to play. Coming here (Kingfisher), we could play as many sports as we wanted to. The coaches here encouraged us to play different sports.”
The brothers hadn’t picked up a tennis racket in three years when they decided to play this season at Kingfisher. The track coach, however, also wanted their speed on the relays so the Smith brothers decided to play both sports this spring.
“We basically ended up doing both of them every day of the week,” Brady said.
The Smith brothers know that when it is time for college, they likely will have to choose just one sport. Whichever sport offers the best opportunity for a scholarship is the one they will select, Brady said.
Until then, they are going to keep playing as many sports as they possibly can.
“We used to play basketball, too, and we were actually pretty good at that, but we decided to come out for wrestling,” Brady said. “If you focus on one sport, you can get really good at it, but you can burn out really fast.
“We love playing different sports. We like competing. Like our dad says, you only go to high school once.”