SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Senior Peter Warren batted a team-high .373 for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood baseball team this spring, with four doubles, two triples 11 stolen bases, 17 runs and 19 RBI (second on team). But the numbers don't tell the whole story of why Warren is this week's Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.
A true student-athlete, Warren led the Raiders on the baseball field this past season in a way few Raiders ever had. A scrappy hitter and one of the most athletic, fluid shortstops in the area, Warren was at the forefront of a very successful season for the Raiders. But while he got it done on the field, it's the leadership qualities that Warren contributed to program which set him apart from the rest.
"His teammates know he sets the bar high, and they want to put forth the same effort," said SP-F baseball varsity head coach Joe Higgins. "He sets an example because that is his way. He competes and gives his teammates everything he has because it is how Peter Warren lives."
Warren played every inning of every game at shortstop -- the position usually reserved for the leader of the infield -- and his leadership could be shown throughout the games, both through example and, occasionally, vocally.
While Warren's performance stood out in the field, it also shined in the classroom. This spring, Warren was part of the 10.7 percent of thousands of applicants to be accepted into Northwestern University, where he will attend school this fall. His academic achievements were honored in May, when he was awarded an NJSIAA Scholar Athlete for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. In 2016, he was chosen to represent the state of New Jersey at the prestigious Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference at the Newseum in Washington D.C.
"Peter is one of the most unique and extraordinary examples of character and integrity I have encountered in the classroom and on the field in 15 years," Higgins said.
Scotch Plains' loss to Millburn in the NJSIAA State Tournament last Friday marked the end of a spectacular career on the diamond for Warren. In three years on varsity, each of which he was a starter, Warren hit a career .346 with 65 hits, while driving in 34 runs and displaying power by slugging a pair of home runs. Warren played second base in his sophomore season, while manning shortstop his junior and senior campaigns.
In addition to leading the baseball Raiders, Warren was also a pivotal piece of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Basketball program. In SP-F's resurgent 22-6 season this winter, Warren, a forward, injected un-matched energy off the bench for the Raiders, making the "dirty work" plays that nobody else on the court had the ability to make.
The future sure looks bright for Peter Warren. A passionate writer who has contributed to TAPintoSPF.net, Warren will pursue a career in journalism.
But wherever Warren ends up, his leadership and dedication to athletics at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will always be remembered.
Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.
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