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Muskogee’s Aiden Barnoski Athlete Spotlight Presented by Nissan of Muskogee

Aiden Barnoski, a senior at Muskogee High School with a passion for baseball, shares his journey—an odyssey of inspiration, teamwork, and unwavering commitment to the sport he loves–with his teammates.

As the baseball diamond buzzes with anticipation, Aiden, who plays shortstop primarily and was the team defensive MVP last year, also pitches and finds motivation woven into the fabric of those close to him. “My family, coaches, and teammates—they’re my driving force.”

Inspiration finds its roots in the playfulness and dedication of former Red Sox star and member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame Dustin Pedroia, an athlete Aiden admires. “Pedroia made it fun to watch, and that’s something I try to bring to the field,” Aiden shared.

Navigating the challenges of sports, Aiden emphasizes the trio of consistency, faith in the process, and a readiness to embrace the fight. “It’s not just physical; it’s mental. You’ve got to embrace the challenges.” 

A four-year starter for the Roughers, Aiden recalls a career defining moment that has made his drive to achieve even stronger: “Beating Broken Arrow last year in regionals—that’s etched in my memory. It was a triumph for Muskogee baseball.”

Rivalries add spice to the game and for Aiden, Tahlequah is the team that stirs his competitive fire. “Playing against Tahlequah is always special. The competition is fierce, and the victories are sweet.”

In talking about his teammates, Aiden singles out Doc Estes as a practice rival. “Doc keeps me on my A-game in practice. It’s competitive, and that’s what makes us better.”

And while he singles out Estes, Aiden feels there aren’t any unappreciated members of the Rougher crew. “Every member is valued; we appreciate each other. It’s a tight-knit community.”

Off the field, Aiden actively participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). “Faith is crucial. It’s part of my journey,” Aiden said. And when he dons the uniform with the big green M representing Muskogee, Aiden says it fulfills a childhood dream. “I don’t take it for granted. Every play, every moment—I leave it all on the field.”

After this upcoming senior year. Aiden has committed to playing college baseball at Seminole State next year.

“Aiden is our clear-cut MVP,” said his coach John Singler. 

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