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Cheyenne Mountain pitcher gets big win before heading to the mound

Published: April 1, 2014, 10:48 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

He thought it was an April Fool’s prank. It had to be.

Nope.

Cheyenne Mountain senior Cody McCurry learned early Tuesday that he had received an Army ROTC four-year, full-ride scholarship. He has until April 26 to choose between Kansas, Utah or Montana State.

“I didn’t believe the news,” said McCurry, a pitcher who also played on the Indians’ basketball team that made school history by reaching the Class 4A state semifinals for the first time in school history. “I thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke. This is such a blessing. I can’t wait.”

McCurry, a freshman when Cheyenne Mountain captured the 2011 baseball state title, did have to make one concession, though.

Baseball, his passion that he credited for his growth and maturity, no longer will play a major role in his future. Serving his country will.

“I’ve always had this calling for the military, and I couldn’t pass up a four-year scholarship,” McCurry said. “I have to be realistic. I can still play club baseball. I can’t give it up totally. This year, I’ve learned what it is to be a leader. Hopefully, I can be a leader in the military.”

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