Positive leader

Bremerton High senior Robby Robinson is one of those rare high school athletes that realize that a game is, after all, just a game.

His searingly positive attitude is on display on the baseball field this season, where he keeps team momentum up among the younger, less experienced players, even though the Knights have lost games by as much as 24 runs.

“When we played Gig Harbor the bounces were not going our way,” Robinson said. “Just knowing that stuff like that is uncontrollable stuff — you can’t really let the uncontrollable stuff get to you.”

Robinson was recalling the April 5 game at Gig Harbor, where the Knights lost, 20-0.

In addition to being the best utility player for the Knights — he once played four positions in one inning — Robinson was the middle linebacker on the Knights’ football squad last fall and also played guard, fullback, tackle and center on the offense.

“I am a man of many talents,” he said. “I like football because it’s the only sport where you can take your aggression out on another person and it’s legal.”

Besides smacking the baseball and smashing football players, Robinson also practices more relaxing activities, such as playing video games or Web site design.

“At the high school I’ve taken every computer class,” he said. I’m pretty good.”

After high school, Robinson will join the U.S. Air Force and go to college at the Seattle Art Institute.

“I want to work at Microsoft or Dreamworks someday,” he said. “I’m pretty good at making Web sites and web pages.”

Robinson’s good friends know him as a goofball.

“He cracks me up a lot,” teammate Mike Wright said.

Wright said Robinson is one of the loudest snorers he’s ever heard.

Robinson said he actually has a sleep disorder and snoring is a by-product of that.

For the last year, he has been sleeping with a machine that pumps oxygen into his lungs.

“I like the fact he does whatever it takes,” Bremerton baseball coach Mike McKnight said. “At the beginning of the year he said, ‘You know I never played infield.’ I said, ‘That’s okay, you will learn this year.’ ”

Robinson has a 3.0 grade-point average at Bremerton.

He credits his versatility on the baseball and football field to his father, Robert, who coached his sports teams until he was in junior high. He just moved him around the field to expose him.

McKnight said Robinson’s smiling attitude and great team leadership will serve him well throughout his life.

“What everyone learns from athletics is you are a part of a team,” he said. “Later in life you are going to have to be part of a business team or a team at school.”

Besides playing sports and video games, Robinson sometimes goes hunting with a friend, or fishing when he gets a chance.

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