Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Hills Alumnus Is a Busy Guy at Westminster College Football

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Hills Alumnus Is a Busy Guy at Westminster College Football

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North Hills High School graduate Jared Heck had one unusual requirement when choosing a college to continue his athletic and academic career: He wanted a school that would allow him to play two sports, football and baseball.

"I love both sports and just couldn't pick one," said Heck, a 5- foot-10, 185-pound senior free safety at Westminster College. "It's very demanding to play both sports, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Heck said playing both sports has made him more organized.

"You really have to organize your time properly and get your priorities straight," Heck said. "If you want to do it, it's something that can be done. It's just not easy."

Heck has been a starter the past two years on both teams. He plays free safety for the Titans football team, and splits time between second base and shortstop for the baseball team.

"I'm really motivated for my senior season," Heck said. "It will be the last time I strap on a helmet and I want to make the most of it."

Heck and his Westminster football teammates will play for a new coach as Scott Benzel has taken over the Titans program.

"It really helped to have coach Benzel for spring ball," Heck said. "The schemes on offense and defense are totally new, along with the terminology. Fortunately, the entire coaching staff is on the same page."

The coaching change required Heck to attend spring practices, something he had not done in the past because he was playing baseball.

"I usually skip spring practice, but I couldn't this year," Heck said. "It was a little tough having both at the same time. Fortunately, most of our football practices were in the morning, while the baseball practices and games were in the afternoon. …

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