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Band of Brothers

By Jeff Holt

Published in The Burg July 29, 2021

From the cheap seats ...

Camdon Anderson will be traveling to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to continue his baseball career at William Penn University. He likes the "small school atmosphere" and is planning to study Sports Management. He said his lone hobby outside of baseball is fishing.

Camdon, a pitcher and a first baseman/third baseman, is the son of Todd and Laura Anderson.

Damon Reed wants to study engineering in the future.

But you can't argue with his decision to stay in Galesburg and play baseball at Carl Sandburg College.

"I like that it's free and in town," he said.

Reed said that Shawn Hickey was his favorite teacher at Galesburg High School. "He (Hickey) always made what he was teaching relateable and fun," said Reed. "And we always talked baseball before class."

Reed's advice to future baseball players at GHS: "Don’t ever skip a practice because you don’t feel like it or are tired," said Reed "Cause every other team is still working around you and if you take a day off (you will) fall behind. Galesburg baseball has a reputation to hold. So keep it."

Damon is the son of Josh and Rikki Reed.

Kadin Spencer is dialed in on his decision to play baseball at William Penn University.

"I wanted to go away to college yet be close enough for me to come home when needed and give my parents the opportunity to continue to watch me play baseball," he said. "This college was in a town similar to Galesburg with small class-sizes that offer many educational resources. I am going to study Sports Management. This should allow me the opportunity to work in a professional baseball organization or coach at the high school level."

His favorite baseball memory from GHS is interesting, too.

"The first game I was given the opportunity to play third base," said Kadin. "Prior to that, I was playing outfield and designated hitter and I was extremely nervous because it was a position I had never played before. I learned fast why it is called the hot corner. After that game, I solidified my spot as a starter and grew as a player."

Logan's advice to future Silver Streak baseball players ... "Work hard and don't give up. Figure out what role you play on the team and be the best in that role. Do what the coaches ask of you, they need players to fill those roles. If you do all of these things coaches will find a way to utilize your ability. It is a special feeling to wear the Galesburg jersey and how the community supports you and the team."

Kadin is the son of Kyle and Kristie Spencer.

Reid Stufflebeem says that the home runs he hit are his favorite memory from growing up in Galesburg and will continue his career at Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

"I get to play highly competitive baseball," said Reid. "They have a great finance program with over 65 percent of the college students are athletes."

He is planning to study Finance and Business, and hopes to be the next "Wall Street King."

He said Mr. Wolfe and Mrs. Wolfe were his favorite teachers.

He'll always cherish being part of GHS team that was the Western Big 6 Conference champs. His advice to future Silver Streak baseball players ... "Work hard and stay focused academically and athletically," he said.

Reid is the son of Randy and Laurie Stufflebeem.

Logan Sykes is already in the U.S. Army National Guard and is also planning to play baseball and study business at William Penn University.

"I like William Penn because it’s a smaller college so I can get around easy and I think I’ll be able to get to know people better," said Sykes.

Logan is the son of Ray and Laurie Sykes.

Owen Wolfe considered going to Marquette University in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But in the end, he decided to continue his baseball career 12 miles away at Monmouth College. He'll continue a family tradition where both his parents (Brett and Lisa) also attended Monmouth College.

"I like that I will be able to come home whenever I want to," said Owen, about his decision to go to school in Fighting Scots country.

Wolfe's advice to any up-and-coming baseball players in Galesburg is to ... "Always play hard and do the little things," he said. "Running on and off the field, being fundamental and being coachable."

Compiled by Jeff Holt

Silver Streaks Brotherhood Damon Reed (Carl Sandburg College): "Our varsity team was built off a group of guys who have played together on the same team since we were little. The chemistry was well put together and we were just a group of friends out there playing baseball." Kadin Spencer (William Penn University): "I've grown up and have played baseball with all of them since I was 5 years old and have felt like their home is my home. I decided during 2020 not to play baseball and decided to come back for this season and it was like I had never left, that is a family feeling." Reid Stufflebeem (Carl Sandburg College): "Baseball is the best sport when it comes to a brotherhood. These guys are all my friends." Logan Sykes (William Penn): "We all were there for each other and we loved to mess with each other, and we all knew we could be ourselves around each other." Owen Wolfe (Monmouth College): "We all got along together and I have a bond with these guys that I will never have with anyone else. I will never forget the memories we have made."

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