If you want to talk about two state champion catchers that are loud and proud, look no further than Bishop Carroll High School. The Golden Eagles' Lauren Buchanan and Taylor Sanagorski have taken the reigns of their teams this year from behind the plate.
"I'm not afraid to yell at teammates," said Buchanan."I'm just a competitor and I like to win."
“That’s just who I am," said Sanagorski. "I like to go 100-percent all the time and I want to be in every play and be a part of every play. That’s why I love being a catcher.”
Buchanan is committed to play softball for Colorado State and Sanagorski signed to play baseball with Wichita State. But they have more in common than D-1 talent and rings.
“Every offseason I want to work harder than the past and get better everyday so hopefully my playing career goes on as long as possible," said Sanagorski.
Their dedication and commitment makes them stand out.
“Last summer I worked a lot on my blocking and I’ve just been trying to improve as much as I can and make our pitchers look as good as I can," said Buchanan.
That’s why they are among the best at what they do. the grit and the grind has intrigued Lauren since she was nine years old. Taylor was drawn to a catchers helmet before he could walk.
“Since I grew up on a baseball field with my dad, he’s always said that I've gravitated towards catchers, said Sanagorski. "Whether it was at Newman, I’d always find a catcher to sit on his lap and learn about the game or in pro ball I would always gravitate towards the catching coordinator or the manager who was usually a catcher.”
Bishop Carroll head baseball coach Charlie Ebright said he knew Taylor was going to be something special the minute he met him. His family background certainly helped too.
“His dad gave up his day job in pro ball to come join our coaching staff and be able to coach Taylor," said Coach Ebright. "He shook my hand in the 8th grade when he came to visit and i was like man this kid is you know…he’s going to be but he’s already so strong.”
These two have left their legacy on the golden eagles diamonds but they won’t be satisfied. They are always improving and searching for another title.