ALTUS, Arkansas - Collinsville baseball coach Tony Reeder got mail last week that confirmed a belief has held for three years.
Breyden Varner is the best defensive first baseman he's ever coached.
The American Baseball Coaches Association named Varner, a 2015 graduate, an All-American selection for his career at CHS.
Varner was one of only two players in Oklahoma to earn the honor.
"Coach Reeder called and told me about it, I didn't even know I was up for the honor," Varner said.
Talking from a phone interview at Cowley County Community College in Kansas, Varner said his years of high school baseball were formative, not just for him as a first baseman, but also as a man.
"I texted coach Moore the other day to tell him how grateful I was," Varner said. "He pushed me and pushed me, wouldn't let me give up, he had stuff to say when you're down or not feeling good, he was honestly one of the biggest confidence boosters in my life. He'll be a lifelong friend."
Varner dropped football after his freshman year to focus on his efforts under Reeder. He credits his head coach for pushing him to be his best, and Reeder was also instrumental in getting Varner to his position at Cowley.
Primarily a first baseman, Varner said his college coaches have tried him at third base during the fall season as well. For Collinsville, Varner played catcher as a sophomore and returned to first base as a junior and senior.