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Reinhardt enters final season

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Senior Caleb Reinhardt steps into his pitch against Stone Bridge.

One-handed catches, end zone grabs,50 -plus-yard touchdown runs, scorching fastballs, sneaky curve balls, the athletic repertoire of senior Caleb Reinhardt could go on and on.

This baseball season is Reinhardt’s last season as a Charger. In addition to baseball, Reinhardt was one of the starting receivers on the football team and played basketball during his first three years of high school.

“Growing up, I always played multiple sports, so when I got to high school, it was so much fun because I was so accustomed to playing them for so long,” Reinhardt said. “I have been lucky to have always had great teammates on basketball, baseball and football. I really became great friends with them along the way. Ultimately I think it really developed me into who I’m today.”

In his senior year, Reinhardt has been a leader for the both the football team and baseball team, and in his final season at Chantilly, Reinhardt can look back fondly on his career as a Charger.

Reinhardt’s favorite memory as a Charger athlete was the football game against Westfield in 2010.

“I think it was so memorable because I was able to make four big catches at the end of the fourth quarter when we were down, including a fouth-down-and-11 play where the quarterback lobbed it up, and I leaped to pull it down,” Reinhardt said. “It was just a defining moment for myself and the team that year, and I had never beaten them in any sport throughout my high school career up to that point.”

From his coaches’ standpoint, Reinhardt has added valuable leadership and hard work year in and year out. His contributions have varied from being pulled up to varsity football freshman year to being one of the starting pitchers his senior year.

“He was the leader of the receiving core,” football coach Mike Lalli said. “He showed [younger players] how to work hard and be physical, blocking skills, and do all the extra stuff to make himself a good player and was able to get the accolades from that.”

Last fall, Reinhardt led the football team in all major receiving categories, racking up 562 yards, catching 35 passes, scoring five touchdowns and averaging 16 yards per catch. According to Lalli, this is very impressive for a receiver on a team that did not pass much.

On the baseball diamond, Reinhardt started the season with two wins and no losses. On March 16 against the Stone Bridge Bulldogs, Reinhardt threw a two-hit complete game and only needed 56 pitches to get through the first five innings.

Baseball coach Kevin Ford said he values the hard work and dedication that Reinhardt has shown in his career.

 “Caleb’s leadership is a work in progress,” Ford said. “He is making decisions and showing leadership with his actions more on the field and off.  He has grown a good deal in being respected by his coaches and teammates as a leader.  I have certainly seen more of a desire to do things the right way and push himself in practice.”

Reinhardt has received attention from colleges for both baseball and football. The St. Anselm College football team has shown a great deal of interest in Reinhardt. However, Reinhardt has not decided whether he is going to choose to play baseball or football in college.

In his junior year, Reinhardt was also on the varsity basketball team, and they went to the Northern Region tournament where they were beaten late by Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Overall, Reinhardt has been a high school athlete for 11 different seasons, consisting of four football seasons, four baseball seasons and three basketball seasons.  Reinhardt said he was intending on making his last season count.

“I think that since it’s my last season I’m really trying to make the best of it,” Reinhardt said. “I know I probably won’t be playing with the same guys ever again, so I’m making sure I enjoy every minute by keeping a positive attitude and trying hard to do my best.”

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