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It’s tough to say what Tyler Fernandez’s best sport actually is. If you polled three coaches at Rye Country Day, you would likely get three different answers.
Fernandez is a rare breed of athlete at the high school level these days. Although he’s already mapped out what he wants to play in college, the rising senior star has excelled in three sports, playing on varsity in each since he was a freshman.
“You won’t meet any player who goes harder than him,” former Wildcats basketball coach Torsie Judkins said. “He’s going to bring all the toughness in the world.”
Fernandez was a three-year starter in football, a four-year player and 1,000-point scorer in basketball and the ace of the Rye Country Day pitching staff in baseball the last two seasons.
The 6-foot-1 left-hander has decided that’s what he’ll play in college, pitching at the Division I level after a stellar junior season on the mound. Fernandez has offers from several Ivy League schools, including Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia and Princeton. He’s also being heavily recruited by Boston College, Duke, George Washington, Tulane, Lehigh and Lafayette. He expects to make a decision soon.
Fernandez, who pitches in summer ball for the prestigious New York Grays, was an MSG Varsity Hudson Valley/Westchester first-team all-star last baseball season. He went 5-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 37 innings. He also picked off 14 base-runners.
In basketball, Fernandez became the first junior in school history to scored 1,000 career points on the boys side. He averaged 22 points per game.
Despite being a three-year starter in the secondary and amassing 1,210 total career yards as a running back/receiver, Fernandez is unlikely going to play football this fall. He’s opted to concentrate on training for college baseball.
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