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Kris Bryant's high school coach reacts to World Series win

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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant warms up during a team practice for baseball's upcoming World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 in Cleveland.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant warms up during a team practice for baseball's upcoming World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 in Cleveland.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Like millions of other viewers, Bonanza High School Baseball Coach Mike O'Roarke was glued to Wednesday night's World Series Game 7

"I'm sitting on the edge of my seat almost," he explained, while sitting in the Bonanza dugout. "I was locked in from first pitch until the game was over."

O'Rourke isn't a Chicago Cubs fan or a Cleveland Indians fan, the two teams playing in the fall classic, but he still had a big rooting interest. 

"We're obviously rooting for Kris, for him to do well and for him to win," O'Rourke said. 

Kris is Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs third baseman, Las Vegas native and Bonanza graduate. After his 2010 graduation, Bryant played baseball at University of San Diego and was then picked by the Cubs with the second overall pick in the MLB draft. 

"We were lucky to have a front row seat and see some of the things that he did," O'Rourke explained. O'Rourke is now the head coach for the Bonanza Baseball team, but he joined the staff as an assistant coach during Bryant's sophomore year. That year the future NL Rookie of the Year launched 10 home runs, O'Rourke recalled. 

"You knew he was going to be a player, you had no doubt that he's going to get drafted at some point, he's got a lot of college offers, he's going to play beyond high school at a very high level," O'Rourke said. 

"He was one of the hardest working players to come through Bonanza High School in the baseball program," O'Rourke said. "Coupled with the talent and the work ethic, it's led him to great success."

That success has made him a role model for current Bonanza baseball players, O'Rourke said, noting that Bryant's work ethic and good attitude makes him a good person for the young athletes to look up to. 

In the bottom of the tenth inning on Wednesday night, Bryant fielded the final out of the series and slow motion replays showed the 24-year-old with a smile on his face as he picked up the ground ball and threw to first. It was a shot that didn't surprise O'Rourke at all. 

"It was awesome, you know, people play all their lives to get to that point and it's the best moment," O'Rourke said with a smile on his face. "That's the thing about Kris, he's so genuine and it's just like he was in high school."

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