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December 27, 2012

Small-townies grew up to do big things

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Pohl said he did think about transferring to a smaller college, but thought he owed it to Clemson to stay since he was given a scholarship to play there.

His sophomore year did not get much better, however. Pohl had to deal with a setback — during the NCAA Tournament a freshman was given the starting catching position. According to Pohl, he was not having a bad day; he was having two bad years in a row.

“My mother said something to me that helped turn things around. She said, honey — she always called me honey — you are there for a reason and you have to believe in yourself,” Pohl said.

The young athlete said he realized he hadn’t really hadn’t had much faith in himself and started to do something about that.

“I stated doing something about the things I could control (working hard and keeping a good attitude),” Pohl said.” The positive attitude became contagious.”

Pohl started the last 25 games behind the plate for the AZL Athletics, a minor league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. He had a batting average of .301, an on base percentage of .375 and a slugging average of .469.

“I hope I played good enough to move up,” Pohl said. 

Milford native Paul Wolfe is not behind the wheel of a NASCAR vehicle anymore, but he is making a lot of the behind-the-scenes calls as a crew chief.

According to ESPN, the average NASCAR fan wouldn’t know Paul Wolfe from Beowulf. However, ESPN reports no crew chief has done more the last two seasons than Wolfe.

Wolfe and young driver Brad Keselowski had enormous success together in the Nationwide Series, winning six races in 2010 en route to the title. No one knew if Wolfe could make it happen at the Cup level for Keselowski, who had no top-5s and only two top-10s as a rookie in 2010 under crew chief Jay Guy.

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