Cody and Caleigh Middick are siblings who attend Frederick High School. Cody plays football for the Bombers and Caleigh plays basketball and softball for the Lady Bombers.
Caleigh is a junior and Cody is a senior. Cody tore his ACL on Sept. 23 during the game against Washington. He’s been through doctor’s appointments and has been disappointed that he missed the rest of the Bomber season, but he stood with his team each week.
“On or off the field I’m still a part of the team,” Cody said. “Throughout this whole process my teammates have been there for me, and I want to be there for them and there is nothing else like being a Bomber.”
Cody has been playing football for six years. Not being able to play his senior year of college not only affected him, but has also affected Caleigh. She just started the 2016 season of Lady Bomber Basketball and wears her brother’s jersey number.
“I sport Cody’s number because he is the person I look up to,” Caleigh said. “By wearing his number on my back it will help me to remember who I play for and why I play. I know how much Cody loves to play sports and him not being allowed to play breaks my heart. That’s why I play for him.”
Caleigh has been playing softball for 12 years and basketball for nine. She says that the most difficult aspect is all the time you lose with family because of the many practices and games. The rewards to practicing all the time are getting better and winning games.
“Getting better is what helps you win games and become successful,” Caleigh said. “Not only at the game, but in life. The life lessons I hope to take from sports is never giving up and not to being afraid to fail.”
Cody and Caleigh have a bond that sports has only strengthened.
Cody said that keeping your drive is important.
“No matter the failure that may come your way, you still have to work hard for the name on your jersey, the guy next to you, the people that came before you and for the kids in the stands who look up to you,” Cody said. “The most important lesson sports has taught me is to never take anything for granted. I plan to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.”
Whether that includes college or not has yet to be determined. For now, Cody said that coaching and fire fighting have his interests. He said that he would love to attend Oklahoma State University. Caleigh doesn’t know where she wants to attend college, but she wants to get her degree in early childhood education.
Caleigh said her favorite things about playing sports are the struggles and the memories she’s left with. It’s worth it.
“Playing sports is fun but can also kick your butt,” Caleigh said.”Like when I have to stay up late doing homework and get up early the next day. I guess that’s the typical life of a student athlete.”
Caleigh and Cody agree that their heroes are their family members. Caleigh said that her parents and her two brothers are all her heroes.
“Each one of them teaches me or helps me through tough times everyday,” Caleigh said. “We all have each others’ backs.”
Cody said that growing up he idolized his dad and grandfather.
“I didn’t get to spend as much time with my grandfather as I would have liked, but I will always cherish the memories I have of him,” Cody said. “Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to grow up and be like my dad. Growing up, I legitimately thought my dad was a superhero, and the older I get the more I realize how right I was.”
Bobbie Middick, Caleigh and Cody’s mother, said that seeing how much her children love and support each other, is rewarding in itself.
“They have a bond that will last a lifetime and one that will be passed down to their kids,” Bobbie Middick said. “Each one of my children are completely special in their own way but they all have the love of God in their hearts and life and what more could any parent ask for than that? I’d say Chris and I have been truly blessed by the three little blessings that God has given us to take care of.”
Caleigh will continue to wear the No. 10 in honor of Cody for the remainder of the basketball season.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602