Monday, March 4, 2024

Youth Spotlight: Connor Shaw, 9, Murrayville Elementary School

Port City Daily’s newest weekly feature showcases the up-and-coming talent in youth sports across the Wilmington area. If you’d like to nominate your child, friend or family member for our Youth Spotlight segment, email Joe Cats at

Leading things off is nine-year old Connor Shaw. The Murrayville Elementary School student caught Cats’ attention thanks to his mom, Debby, who loves following her son to ball fields near and far.

Natural talent is evident in his mother’s Facebook video posts of young Connor smacking homers and running the bases from Ogden Park to their recent trip to the Pony League World Series in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Connor swings it like his favorite athlete, the Great Bambino, while enjoying the environment surrounding him off the field, with a rod and reel.

And what do you think would be more memorable at nine years old, hitting your first ball out of the park or playing in a national tournament 875 miles away from home?

Name: Connor Shaw

Connor Shaw flashes his hard ware after bringing home the championship.
Connor Shaw flashes his hard ware after bringing home the championship.

Age: 9

School: Murrayville Elementary

Sport(s) played: Baseball, basketball

Favorite coach: Coach Jeff Noon because he’s funny

Favorite athlete: Babe Ruth

Favorite sports team: UNC Tarheels

Favorite sport to watch other than the one you play: Football

Most memorable experience on the field/court: It’s a tie between hitting my first ball out of the park and playing in the Pony League World Series in Mt Vernon, Illinois this past summer

Favorite food: My mom’s pasta salad

Favorite school subject: Math and Science

Favorite teacher: Ms. Barker because she helped me with my reading

Favorite TV show: Johnny Test

Favorite thing you like to do outside of sports:  Fishing



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