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Busy Demon career for Craff

By Bill Gatchel | Aug 18, 2017
Photo by: File photo Bryce Craff waits for the baseball to be thrown toward home plate during a game this summer.

Over the course of four years, one Washington athlete spent a lot of time in different uniforms.

Bryce Craff was part of the football, wrestling, track and baseball teams at some point while he attended Washington.

Being on those different teams meant many memories were made, he says.

“I’m going to miss hanging out with everybody,” Craff says.

“I’m going to miss being around the energy that was brought to the field and the energy brought to the locker room.

“Plus hanging out at the event, before the games or before the meet. I’m going to miss it all.

“It was really fun. It’s something I’ll never forget. I’m grateful to all the coaches because they were all great and understanding and nice, yet at the same time they were rough and tough.

“As a coach, they should be. They knew what to do. They were good. I learned something.”

He chose to play each sport for a certain reason, Craff says.

“I tried basketball when I was younger and I didn’t really like it,” he says.

“I just golf for fun and I’m not really good at it. My dad did track and did football and baseball.

“They kind of pushed me to do those and I loved all of them.

“Wrestling, I wanted to try on my own and I really liked it, but then I decided it really wasn’t for me with the three that I loved and played ever since I was little.”

Baseball was one sport that Craff played since he was little along with the other eight seniors on the team for nearly 10 years. He will miss that.

“Oh yeah, there’s no doubt,” he says.

If the chance came for the seniors to play another game together, would he join them?

“Yes, I would,” Craff says. “There’s no doubt. If we could play together one more time, I would play with them.”

Future plans for Craff involve going to college and he has a goal for a career.

“I hope to become a physical therapist,” he says.

“I picked that because I like the way the body moves and I like to learn about the muscles and bones and the way everything works. I’ve always found that very interesting.”

Craff leaves some advice for those following in his footsteps.

“Just always have fun. Don’t take it too serious, but yet take it serious.

“Cherish every moment like it’s your last because you never know when your last time on the field will be. Have fun.”

Craff had a total of 112 rushing yards on the football field for Washington and had eight tackles.

He only wrestled for one year, but had a 20-8 while taking to the mats in the 126-pound weight class.

During the conference meet in Mount Pleasant May 4, he went a distance of 17 feet 8 3/4 inches in the long jump, the longest for the season.

On the baseball field, he scored 36 runs for the Demons. He had a total of 66 hits. He had a total of 32 RBIs while successfully stealing 23 bases in 27 attempts.

As a catcher, he caught four stealing bases and allowed 13.

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