C.B. Aycock senior Turner Bass is perhaps the most vocal player on the field.
Whether on the sideline or on the field, Bass is always trying to fire up his teammates.
Along with his charisma, Bass is blessed with incredible athleticism, a trait that has carried Bass through two sports – football and wrestling.
Bass, this week’s Male Athlete of the Week, is a middle linebacker for the Golden Falcons.
“My dad is a wrestling coach, so its’ always been wrestling, but football has always been the thing,” Bass said. “I’ve always played football. It’s my first love.
“I started playing football when I was five, and I’ve played travel, peewee, all the way to high school.”
Despite getting injured last season, Bass still racked up 30 tackles in just six games.
The Golden Falcons finished last season with a 7-5 record and advanced to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs.
However, Bass and his teammates were not satisfied with last season, and they have big goals for this season.
“I’m trying to bring those guys up and lead them. I want to make the team as productive as possible before I leave,” Bass said. “As much as I love making the playoffs, I want to go all the way.”
Over on the wrestling mat, Bass is a two-time state qualifier, and Bass is confident he will finish this season on top of the podium.
Bass works out with his father, C.B. Aycock wrestling coach Mark Bass, and Bass said he learned a lot from working with his father.
Bass said his improvement this season will come from all the work he put in the practice room and weight room.
“It’s really crazy how football and wrestling affect each other. It’s been great.” Bass said. “It’s been crazy, but I’ve always had the guys in front of me doing it, so now I’m ready to go get it.
“I want to get that ring and bring it back to Aycock.”
Bass has not decided where he will attend college season, but one thing is certain, he wants to play football at the next level.
“I’m an engineering kid, so I want to go to an engineering school. I’ve got good grades, so I’m getting some scholarship looks, but I want to go to the school that fits me.”