Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parkway Central Gets the Best out of Baird All over the Field

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parkway Central Gets the Best out of Baird All over the Field

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A bond between a father and his son has helped provide the backbone this season for the Parkway Central boys soccer team.

The payoff comes at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for the Colts (17-8-1) when they play host to Ladue (15-11-1) in a Class 3 sectional.

While the backgrounds of Greg Baird who played football and baseball when he was younger and Colts senior midfielder and captain Cameron Baird aren't mirror images of one another, the elder Baird's efforts to help his son learn his favorite sport as a youngster still resonate.

"The support I've received from my dad throughout my entire sports career has been amazing," Cameron Baird said. "From a young age, he was always there to help me learn the ropes for any new sport. He'd never played soccer before, so when I chose soccer, he really didn't know what was going on. He watched the game on TV, came to my games and studied the game. He learned the game in an effort to help me be the best player I could be. Honestly, this year, I don't think he's missed a game. I think that support is something I take for granted sometimes."

Cameron Baird has been a part of 65 victories throughout his four-year career the most by any single player in Parkway Central program history and is a source of amazement and joy for his father, the elder Baird said.

"It's been amazing, really, he's surpassed everything I could have dreamed for him," Greg Baird said. "He works so hard and he's self-driven."

Cameron Baird has proven to be one of the most versatile players for the Colts, who are in the sectional round for the first time since 2012.

After a junior season in which Baird scored nine goals and added 14 assists as an attacking midfielder, he has transitioned into a defensive midfield role and still has provided six goals and seven assists this season for Central.

Baird credited Colts junior midfielder Adam Burnett, who has scored a team-high 18 goals while adding 11 assists, as a factor in making his transition to defensive midfield an easy one.

"What's really nice is the amount of talent that replaced me there," Baird said. "Our attacking mid has been playing very well this season. He really does a good job of leading the attack. …

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