Legacy student doubles as West Orange shortstop

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An average day for Kole Enright involves starting his day at Legacy Charter High School, driving over to Valencia College and ending up at West Orange High School.

Enright, a junior, is enrolled at Legacy, where he has gone to school since sixth grade and where his mother is on the faculty, while also being dual-enrolled at Valencia. 

Because Legacy does not yet field a baseball team, Kole is one of a handful of athletes at the charter school nestled along the border of Winter Garden and Ocoee who plays for the large-classification public school he is zoned for.

In this case, that means Enright finds himself this spring as the starting shortstop for the Warriors (6-5 at press time).

“It’s really a storied program and has a really rich history — obviously with how many district championships (they’ve won),” Enright said of the opportunity to suit up for West Orange. “It’s an honor.”

In addition to Enright, who also has played varsity basketball for Legacy’s boys team the past few years, Legacy’s Cameron Steel and Cole Pruim run cross country at Ocoee, and Brandon Franketti golfs for the Warriors.

Enright has been playing for West Orange since he was a freshman but played his first two seasons as a member of the junior varsity team. Thanks to players graduating and transfers, Enright has been given an opportunity to start at varsity for the first time this spring.

Although he has enjoyed the opportunity, Enright said he recognizes areas where he needs to improve.

“I haven’t hit the ball well this year; I haven’t played as good as I can, and our record isn’t quite what it should be for the talent that we have,” Enright said. “As a shortstop, I’ve really got to be a vocal leader … that’s important to me is to be a leader out there and get these guys going every game.”

Because of his time within the program, Enright said he is treated like any other player. In fact, the shortstop currently only takes one course at Legacy and said he actually spends more time on campus at West Orange for practice and games than anywhere else.

Next spring, when he is a senior, he could very well be faced with a dilemma, though.

As part of Legacy’s efforts to grow its athletic department, Athletic Director Jarrett Wiggers has indicated he plans to have the school field its first baseball team next spring. It’s an exciting step for the school and its other sports programs, but it would mean a choice for Enright, who would have to actually transfer to West Orange to finish his career with the Warriors.

The Eagles also plan on adding a girls basketball program to pair with the boys team.

Contact Steven Ryzewski at sryzewski[email protected].


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