Shining Star: Newport High School’s Aaron Castle

Shining Star: Newport High School’s Aaron Castle

It seems simple enough. Take a 12-pound metal ball and throw it as far as you can. But Aaron Castle understands that it takes a number of things to become one of the best shot-putters in the country.
“It’s a combination of strength, size and technique, starting to get a little speed and it all comes together sometimes and I have a big throw,” Castle explains.
Ranked 4th in the nation, Castle has already set the state mark this season with a throw of 64-feet 7-inches… and there’s potential to break a major milestone.
“In practice I’ve hit 70,” Castle says.
But has anyone in the state ever hit that mark before?
“Not in a meet,” Castle tells us.
video here At 6’5, 280, his size certainly helps, but it isn’t everything.
“Strength works up to a point, but there’s a point where it becomes technique. Several kids I’ve coached were stronger than Aaron but none of them had the work ethic that he has,” Aaron’s throwing coach Bill Burnett explains.
A trait that carries over to everything Aaron does, and is one of the reasons he’s a near 4.0 student.
“Well I was a student first, I always had really good grades and was one of the smarter people in my class,” Castle recalls.
And a student athlete with the ability to raise the level of those around him.
“At this time of my career to have someone like him. I’ve made him a better thrower and he’s made me a better coach, and that’s all a coach and athlete could ask for,” Burnett says.
That, and maybe a 70-foot throw.