Every team in any sport has rising stars, players that prove they have what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
This past week, a sophomore varsity baseball player from Chico High was ready in a big game when his number was called, just like he tries to be everyday in the classroom.
In last Saturday's NSCIF D-1 championship against rival Pleasant Valley, Chico received a huge contribution from an unlikely source.
"I was shocked when it happened," said Paolo Disano.
Down to their final out, sophomore Creed Smith, ripped a three-run home-run to left, turning a two-run deficit into a one-run lead.
It's a moment Smith says he'll never forget.
"It was definitely the biggest hit of my life," said Smith.
The biggest hit as well as his first home-run of the year. For the Panther it couldn't have come at a better time and the clutch moment surprised everyone, even Smith.
"I was just thinking extend the inning, get the bat to the next guy and just do what you can for the team. That probably caught them off guard a little bit," said Smith.
"I thought it was a pop-up to be honest, but it just kept carrying and when it got over the fence, I was so happy for our team, so happy for Creed," said Disano.
Chico went onto capture the section title with a 10-8 victory in 8 innings.
"I'm glad we got to beat PV, it was definitely an intense game the whole time, every run counted, just glad to beat them," Smith said. "It was the most fun I've ever had."
Thanks to his crushing blow Smith is garnering a little more attention at school this week, even teachers are giving him high-fives.
As far as his education is concerned, Smith carries a 3.0 GPA.
He says he's beginning to realize the importance of getting good grades.
"School opens up doors for you, it can't just always be sports," Smith said. "It makes you a well-rounded person."
Chico High's Creed Smith is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.