Idabel’s McCain Wake – Athlete Spotlight Presented by McCurtain County National Bank


By Nick Hampton

McCain Wake wears a lot of hats at Idabel High School. He’s on the golf and baseball teams (having to balance games and matches). He’s in the National and Oklahoma Honor Societies. And he’s the valedictorian of his graduating class this spring.

“He’s all of that and a bag of chips,” jokes his golf coach Greg Maye. “He’s not the best golfer on our squad that qualified for state this year, but he’s a consistent number four player for us and that consistency was a big part of us making state.”

In baseball, he hit just over .300 this season and was voted the pitcher of the year at this year’s sports banquet.

“I’m not overpowering so I have a pretty good slider and can hit my spots and the corners and mix speeds pretty well,” said Wake humbly.

“Don’t let him fool you,” said Maye. “He reminds me of Tom Glavine. A lefty who’s very crafty on the mound and on the course. He could probably play baseball at the next level if wanted.”

So what’s keeping him from doing that? To borrow a lyric from Garth Brooks, “they call the thing rodeo.” It turns outs that the real love of McCain Wake’s life is team roping at the rodeo. So much so that he’s going to Oklahoma State next year on a team roping scholarship.

“My dad did rodeo when he was younger and I just kind of got into it that way,” said McCain. “Probably my biggest thrill so far is being a qualifier in the Texas high school rodeo competition.”

Another valuable asset that McCain Wake brings to the table is humor. Witness this answer when he talks about the pros and cons of being a left-handed golfer.

“Well being a southpaw means you can’t borrow a club from a teammate along the way if you need one,” laughed Wake in his southern drawl.

And that humor will be missed by his golf coach next year as much as his consistent play.

“He’s always the funniest guy on all of our trips and he sure helped keep me awake with his humor on those long drives home from a golf match at the end of a 15-hour day,” said Maye.

So if you’re into rodeo, be on the lookout for McCain Wake coming to an arena in your area this summer.