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Justin Sizemore is about to head back to school. The 2009 Maiden grad will travel this week back to Liberty University to start his sophomore year. Then it is onto one more spring in the sun and on the baseball diamond. This is Sizemoreâ€™s second season playing baseball at Liberty.
â€śI think Iâ€™m going to try to mature a little bit and use my experiences in the game,â€ť he said. â€śI want to use that transition this year to better myself and use my skills that I learned. I want to be a good teammate, never quit and keep trying hard.â€ť
Sizemore is The Observer News Enterpriseâ€™s Male Athlete of the Decade presented by Dan Waters and Associates. The O-N-Eâ€™s readers nominated and voted for Sizemore in the competition.
â€śI think itâ€™s a great honor that people respect me enough to nominate me and vote for me for the award,â€ť Sizemore said. â€śMy dad told me about what was going on, and I was surprised to win it with all the great names in there. I was pretty surprised.â€ť
Sizemore ended his high school athletic career as the second all-time leading passer in Maiden football history and was voted the Blue Devilsâ€™ male athlete of the year in 2008 and 2009. He had a .515 batting average his senior season. Sizemore was also a four-time all-conference baseball selection while at Maiden.
The strongest memory he had from his athletic career at Maiden was a come-from-behind win Oct. 24, 2008, to beat rival Bandys in a conference football game. The Blue Devils trailed at halftime, but they scored the game-winning touchdown with less than 2 minutes left in the game.
â€śThat was a great experience for me,â€ť he said.