A three-sport athlete, and Southern Wayne’s valedictorian, Carson Daly exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete.
It does not take long for anyone who spends time around Daly to come away impressed.
He works hard on and off the field to make his dreams come true, and in a school year unlike any other, he and his classmates persevered through the ups and downs.
“I did a speech at graduation, and three things that remind me of the class of 2021 were perseverance, family, and success, and I can really say that they’re my family, and these memories will last a lifetime,” Daly said.
Daly ran cross country and played baseball all four years of high school, and he swam during his junior and senior seasons.
He started playing baseball around five years old. Daly always wanted to play baseball at Southern Wayne, and former Southern Wayne player Jack Casbarro inspired him to join the baseball program.
“It’s been amazing, and that’s really an understatement,” Daly said about his time on the Saints’ baseball program. “It’s been amazing because of the friends I’ve made. Some of them are my best friends, and it’ll last a lifetime.
“I think that’s better than winning or losing.”
Daly lost his junior season of baseball to the COVID-19 pandemic. While he was disappointed to lose his junior season, he felt worse for the seniors on the team, who missed out on their final season of high school baseball.
And Daly said he is happy he got to enjoy one final season in a Saints jersey.
“I knew I had another season, but just seeing the seniors. Two of my best friends were seniors last year, and it was really sad just seeing them,” Daly said. “We had like six or seven seniors last season, and being able to get back on the field and play a season was like a redemption season for them because they weren’t able to get it.”
In the pool, Daly participates in the freestyle and breaststroke events. His English teacher at Southern Wayne got Daly and some teammates to join the swim team.
“Miss Ira, she’s the English teacher, and she got me and about half the baseball team to go out there and swim,” Daly said. “Swimming has been amazing. We’ve really enjoyed swimming. We didn’t think we would like it, but Miss Ira is an amazing coach, and we have a great atmosphere out there.”
Daly is involved in many clubs off the field, and he has found a balance between sports, school, and various other activities.
Daly plans on attending Campbell University and majoring in mechanical engineering.
“I wanted to go into engineering because of my love of math of science,” Daly said. “I know I what to come back to Wayne County and do something.”