MCHS brothers compete with, against each other in athletics
April 9, 2011
In sports, the goal is to beat your opponent.
For the Spears brothers, track and field is just as much about that as it is beating each other.
At Moffat County High School, Gage, a senior, Garrett, a junior, and Gaven, a sophomore, all throw shot put and discus for the Bulldogs.
"If I don't beat Gage every week, I am not fulfilled," Garrett said. "I don't like to get beat, especially by my brothers."
While Gaven is still growing in his throwing abilities, Garret said he and Gage compete almost every week.
And, despite the rough exterior, Garrett said having all three of them on the same team makes things easy.
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"If we were all in different sports, we would be trying to figure out what each other were doing," he said. "I always know how they are doing and they know how I am doing because we have the same schedule."
Gage said his role is more of a mentor than anything.
"Right now, Garrett can beat me and Gaven is almost able to beat me," he said. "I like to be on the same team because I can see them progress and get better and help them, if possible."
Being able to compete against his brothers, Gaven said, means more than just brotherly bonding time.
"Because I am only a sophomore, being on the varsity with my brothers means I have improved," he said. "I got to the level they were at, so I like being with them."
Spring isn't the only time the brothers see each other outside the family home.
In the fall, all three played on the MCHS football team, with Gage and Garrett on the varsity and Gaven on JV.
"We are a rough around the edges, beefy family," Garrett said. "We all do pretty well at football and have fun with it."
Gage said football lets him work with his brothers rather than compete against them.
"Football is a team sport while track is more of an individual sport inside a team sport," Gage said. "So in football, I get to work with my brother and not compete against him."
On the football field, Gaven plays center, Garrett plays defensive tackle, and Gage plays guard and running back.
At home, however, the focus turns back to being the best.
While two brothers together are fine, Garrett said, it's when all three get together that the "rough housing begins."
"Gage and I get along when it is just us and I can usually hang out with Gaven fine," he said. "When all three of us are together, we either get along well, or not at all."
Gage said he sometimes feels for his parents, Brian and Mindy Spears.
"I feel sorry for my mom because she is the one that has raised us," he said. "As for my dad, we eat his paycheck away."
"Our food bill can get really big," Garret added.
Still, Gaven said the family has fun together.
"Every summer, we will take a hiking and backpacking trip as a family," he said. "We all have our own different hobbies, but we all like to be outside."
MCHS sophomore Zach Beauchamp, who throws with all three Spears brothers, said while the three are similar, they do have differences.
"Gage is really mellow and Gaven is very social," Beauchamp said Thursday with his hands stretched out representing a line. "Garrett is somewhere in the middle."
As far as athletic ability goes, Beauchamp said each brother has his own strengths.
"Gaven is better at basketball because he is the only one who plays," he said. "Gage is probably better at football and Garrett is the better thrower."
While Garrett concedes he has his differences with his brothers, he said being on the same team is a positive for his family.
"If we were in different sports, my dad would still want to see everyone every time," he said. "The way it is, he gets to see all of us all the time without going from place to place.
"You spend your whole life with your family, so we might as well get used to it now."