By Jeanne Sager
ROSCOE November 28, 2003 Brenden Hendrickson isnt one to sit around and twiddle his thumbs.
The Roscoe Central School senior always has his hands in something.
He does construction on the weekends and studies late into the night. Hes on the yearbook squad and the school newspaper, taking classes at Sullivan County Community College.
And Hendrickson still manages to keep his grades up hes one of the students vying for top honors in his class.
So why sports, on top of everything else Hendrickson has on his mind?
The fact that youre getting out and doing activities, he said, instead of sitting at home.
Its a chance to get out frustration, its kind of outputting, most sports.
Hendrickson knows what hes talking about. He started playing organized athletics as a youngster, joining the local AYSO soccer team and swinging his bat on the Little League diamond.
Today Hendrickson is on the football team, the basketball squad and plays golf for Roscoe.
At 145 pounds, 5 foot 11 3/4 inches, Hendrickson isnt the biggest kid on the gridiron. But he may have the biggest heart.
Hes always shown the best interest of the team, explained Roscoe Athletic Director Fred Ahart, who has coached Hendrickson on the football and basketball teams for years. Hes very much a team player and a dedicated athlete.
His best example of Hendricksons efforts sprouts out of this years football season.
With a small team, possibly the smallest team in the state, Ahart often finds himself scrambling for players when a student is out sick or on the bench.
Hendrickson was at the head of that challenge this year, moving from the offense as an end, then to quarterback and ending his final football season at tackle.
I needed someone to do that, and he didnt complain, Ahart said.
Hendrickson said he didnt mind the challenge. He was out on the field with his friends enjoying himself.
Besides, he added, his eyes are on his future, not the past.
Ive always looked forward to the future, and I dont want to give up because Id screw something up, he explained.
Hendrickson has a lot of dreams. Hes looking to go to college and become a writer. He wants to make late grandmother, Elaine Wilbur, proud she urged him to read as a kid and inspired him to write.
And he wants to thank his parents who have kept him going.
His mother, Lori, even signed up to coach cheerleading at the school so she could be on hand for all of her sons games.
And his dad, Charles, has fueled a thirst for knowledge that has helped Hendrickson earn a Bausch & Lomb science award and consistently land on the honor roll.
Hendricksons brother, Shawn, also attended Roscoe, and hes been a kind of role model for the senior athlete.
He had his own accomplishments in school, and it gives me something to kind of look up to.
That included balancing athletics and schoolwork, trying not to overdo things.
Brenden has always been a scholar athlete in the truest sense of the word, Ahart said. Im very proud of him for that.
Name: Brenden Hendrickson
School and grade: Roscoe Central School, senior
Parents and siblings: Hendrickson is the son of Charles and Lori Hendrickson. He has an older brother, Shawn, 20, and a younger brother, Kyle, 5.
Favorite sport: Football
Favorite school subject: English
Future plans: Hendrickson plans to go to college next fall.