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No offseason for Cambridge's 4-sport senior JT Parish

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CAMBRIDGE (WKOW) -- For Cambridge senior JT Parish, sports is life.
"Ever since I was born, I've always been around sports," Parish said.
Baseball was one of his first loves.
"Swinging a bat before I could walk, it's kind of where I got started."
This season, Parish is batting .320 and on the mound he's averaging nearly 14 strikeouts per start.
"It's just been always a passion of mine and I've just always loved it."
But unlike most athletes this spring, Parish isn't focused on just one sport. This past winter was when Parish decided he wanted to give track and field a try, drawing mixed reviews from the coaches.
"When I first heard it I'm like that would be a dream come true for us," Cambridge track and field coach Sean Currie said.
"The initial shock was like wow, I'm going to lose my number-one hitter and number-one pitcher for some baseball games," Cambridge baseball coach Matt Chitwood said.
Somehow he's balanced both. Parish has had to miss about four baseball games and four track and field meets, due to conflicts. In his first season on the track, Parish doesn't just participate, he performs. Parish's time in the 200 meter dash is top-10 in the state in D2. He also excels in the high jump.
"I really didn't know what to expect, it's just kind of like wow where'd that come from?" Parish said.
Funny thing is, Parish isn't planning on playing either of those sports next year, as he's headed to UW-Whitewater for football.
"If he wanted to join the golf team, he'd lead the golf team too. He's just that kind of an athlete," Chitwood said.
Parish was an all conference wide receiver for the Blue Jay football team. He also played basketball, where he holds the school record for career scoring.
"I'm not a very good swimmer. Bowling, not very good at," Parish said.
He may not bowl strikes, but he certainly can throw them, as a kid who just loves to compete.
"It's all I've done my entire life. It's just a lifestyle I guess," Parish said.

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