Atholton's Paul Burmester

Atholton catcher Paul Burmester (April 9, 2013)

Atholton senior catcher Paul Burmester, a 2012 all-county selection, is one of the most respected players in Howard County, to both opposing pitchers and would-be base-stealers.

Through 15 games, Burmester is batting .348 with 14 RBIs, including six extra base hits. At catcher, he has caught 11 baserunners attempting to steal, including three on two occasions. Opponents seem to be getting the message: only one baserunner has attempted to steal in the past three games.

With five games remaining, Atholton is 10-2 in league play, just half a game behind Oakland Mills (11-2) in the chase for the county championship.

Earlier this month, Burmester took a moment to talk about life on and off the field.


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TV show I can't miss

I like Parks and Recreation on NBC.

Best personal sports moment

I hit two home runs in a game over the summer, I had never done that before, I enjoyed that. Legion, Post 60.

Hobby you have or had in the past that might surprise people

I like Pokemon, I used to play that a lot.

It wouldn't surprise you that I collect baseball cards.

I have the Josh Gibson (card). He's the Negro leagues catcher. I like that one. It's a reproduction, it's not original, but it's important.

Favorite pro athlete

I like Manny Machado.

Movie I liked:

I liked D'Jango (Unchained), that was a good movie.

Favorite place to eat:

I like Antony's, it's near my house, it's a pizza place.

Sport I'm bad at:

I'm pretty bad at golf.

When I grow up I want to:

Be in the MLB.

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