Hugo’s Aden Parish – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Pine Cellular

Aden Parish is one of a band of brothers. Literally. He’s grown up as one of four brothers playing baseball and football.

“We’ve been kind of competitive for sure. We’ve got a basketball court at the house and when we all get out there playing sometimes it would end up in a little fight,” laughed Parish.

He started playing baseball early and also got into travel ball at a young age. For the Buffaloes he’s a versatile player who can pitch, catch or play third base which is the position he prefers.

“I just like the action, I guess,” said Aden who says he enjoyed watching former major league standout Adrian Beltre as a role model when he was growing up.

His older brother Nick will be a senior on the baseball team this coming year and so coach Brandon Debo knew some of the background of the younger Parish before he got to high school this year.

“I’d heard about Aden as he was coming up and all the teams he played on including an all-star team from southeastern Oklahoma that went to the world series in Branson. But I really got to know him this year pretty well on the ball field and he was also in my math class. He’s a great kid with a good work ethic and works his tail off at everything he does,” said the head coach.

When football gears up again you can look for Aden on the Hugo defensive front as he continues to adjust to the high school game.

“Things just move so much faster here than at junior high and that’s taken some getting used to,” said the sophomore-to-be who adds that he’s looking forward to being on the same team as his older brother next spring.

With all of the down time that the coronavirus has forced on everyone, Aden enjoys fishing more than usual but continues to stay in shape with a home weight room that all the Parish guys share. But not having baseball with the Buffaloes or probably with his travel team this summer has made Aden Parish appreciate even more what he has.

“I think the lesson here is don’t take things for granted because it can end just like that.”