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Byers: Classroom work ranks high in teen’s priorities

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From page 31 Craig said it has been a struggle to balance schedules, but it works for the most part. “We’re a tight-knit crew at this house and he’s got a good support system,” Craig said. And that mentality expands to his siblings as well. Byers has one older brother and a younger brother and sister. The younger siblings are just getting into sports and Joey is taking the time to teach and train them as they grow up. His desire to do the best he can extends to the classroom as well, due in part to encouragement from his parents. “It’s always a challenge,” Amy said regarding Joey’s classwork. “We have to stay on top of him, but he does.” Byers added that his courses take priority over everything else and while it may lead to some long nights, he’s always sure to get the work done. Especially for Dan Pouk’s accounting class, which is his personal favorite. His next stop is Heartland Community College, and he is thinking of taking classes in both business and psychology. Whatever his major may end up being, he knows baseball will be on the horizon as well. Balancing such a frantic schedule can be a chore, but Byers said it’s necessary to fuel his passion. “I just want to win in everything I do,” Byers said. “I want to be the best.”

‘Joey’s been unbelievable for our program. He’s a four-year varsity player. He’s a great kid and a rarity in our school right now in that he’s a three-sport athlete.’ Beau doty Streator High School boys basketball coach

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Streator High School Joey Byers’ next step is Heartland Community College where he is thinking of taking classes in both business and psychology. Whatever his major may be, he knows baseball will be on the horizon.

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