Joshua Andrew, 16, Hayden Pearce, 13, Baillie Elliott, 14, Bailey Smith, 12, Josh Ferguson, 14 and Nathan Spencer, 17 with their teacher Chris Hill at Toolooa State Highschool.
Joshua Andrew, 16, Hayden Pearce, 13, Baillie Elliott, 14, Bailey Smith, 12, Josh Ferguson, 14 and Nathan Spencer, 17 with their teacher Chris Hill at Toolooa State Highschool. Paul Braven

A class of seven state players in the one school

THEY play different sports.

But these seven Toolooa State High School athletes have two common denominators.

Nathan Spencer, Bailey Smith, Baillee Elliott, Hayden Pease, Josh Andrew, Josh Ferguson and Lyncoln Rebel all attend Toolooa State High School and are all Queensland representatives in their chosen sports.

This current crop of star athletes have either competed in Queensland colours, or will be competing in various tournaments later in the year.

For under 12 Valleys Diehards rugby league centre Bailey, he donned a Queensland Invitational jersey with aplomb.

"We ended up finishing third,” Bailey said of the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Championships held in Canberra.

"I got a man-of-match in the first game against the New South Wales Invitational team.

"The standard was pretty good.”

As for his local team, Bailey said it's all looking pretty good.

"We are in the grand final on Saturday week and we have won all of our games this season.”

Hockey gun Hayden Pease will compete in his first nationals event - the Under 13 National Championships to be held in Perth where he will represent Queensland Cutters.

It all came from a strong showing at the recent Queensland Championships.

"I played for Gladstone and was the captain where we came seventh from 15 teams,” Hayden said.

The youngster will also play for Meteors in the Gladstone Hockey Association senior grand final on Saturday week.

Josh Ferguson said a busy softball schedule can only benefit his development.He plays in both Gladstone and Rockhampton competitions which run over the summer and winter months respectively.

"I'm going to Redcliffe to play in the Under 15 National State Championships in January where we play three games each day for five days,” Josh said.

The Queensland Storm starting catcher is also an adept rugby player for the Diehards. "We have a tough preliminary final against Brothers this Saturday,” Josh said.



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