Broken Bow's Chandler Fleming – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Broken Bow Family Clinic
By Chris Chandler
Chandler Fleming wants to be remembered by teachers and coaches as “the kid who didn't know when to be quiet and always kept them on their toes.” As the starting quarterback for Broken Bow and one of their ace pitchers, Fleming has kept opposing defenses and batters on their toes, and off their game, for the last two seasons.
“He's one of the most coachable kids I've ever met,” says Broken Bow Athletic Director Kraig Sundberg. “He takes critique and turns it into immediate improvement. He listens and then does his best to do what you asked the way you asked him to do it. He's competitive and not afraid to lead. He's a great student.”
Sundberg adds, “On top of his performance, intelligence, and work ethic, he's just a really likable kid. His replies are, 'Yes, sir, No, sir,' but he also smiles a lot and has a great sense of humor.”
Head football coach Glennis Ring describes his senior quarterback as very tough.
“He plays for the pride of his school and what that helmet stands for,” said Ring.
Chandler's work ethic was apparent during the school closure this past spring. Not content with being idle once baseball season was cancelled, he went to work five to six days per week at the marina on Broken Bow Lake.
Broken Bow's upset victory over Bristow in last year's first round of the 4A playoffs is his favorite memory in his sports career.
“We were a fourth-seed in our district going against a one-seed,” said Fleming. “We were picked to get blown out, but we ended up winning 28-3 on the road against the number three team in the state.”
Baseball is Fleming's favorite sport. The pitcher enjoys the challenge of being at the plate with a bat and having to react in a split-second to his counterparts' choice of throw.
“The uncertainty of what pitch is coming, but still having to time my swing right and make solid contact when hitting is my favorite part of the game,” he said.
He is a big fan of New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.
“He's a role model to me; my favorite quarterback, a devout Christian, and a big family man,” said Fleming.
Fleming and Brees are both active in the FCA. The Broken Bow senior also shares his role model's academic aptitude. Brees is considered one of the smartest players in the NFL; Fleming currently has a 4.14 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Fleming is a role model himself for younger athletes in his hometown. His advice to them is, “Never give up, no matter how hard things seem to be. Stick with it, and always chase your dreams.”