Athlete of the month: Kennedy Parker

Interview by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Samuel Jobe, staff photographer

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Q: How did you first get involved in baseball?

A: I wanted to play baseball because I enjoyed it and i picked it up quickly. Any other sport didn’t really interest me at the time.

Q: What is your favorite memory throughout your years of playing baseball

A: Coming in as sophomore  (not my first varsity innings but I have had very little experience at this time) with bases loaded one out. I ended up getting out of the inning with the save with a double play to end the game.

Q: What are your plans for after high school

A: I will be attending Anderson University to study business and play baseball for the Ravens.

Q:What is one personal goal and one team goal for this year?

A: My personal goal for the year has been to limit walks and runs. Our team goal is always to win conference.

Q: What is a random fact about you that no one knows?

A: I like to watch a lot of NASCAR in my free time.

Athlete of the Month: Junior Oliver Mast

Interview by: Connor Curts, staff writer
Photo by: Rose Yang, staff photographer

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Q: How old were you when you started playing golf, and what made you fall in love with it?

A: I would say I seriously became a golfer in fifth grade. I had played before hand, just not seriously. I couldn’t pinpoint a specific aspect of the game that makes me love it any more than I do, but if I had to guess, it’s probably because I’m good at it.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: My individual goals are to win sectional, regionals, and win state. I have been practicing extremely hard all winter, and hoping that it pays off. Team goals are lofty as well. This year’s team has the makings to be the best in MV history. We want a sectional victory badly. In the gymnasium there’s no banner for boys golf, we’re looking to change that this year. Post-sectionals goals conclude at competing at regionals, and fighting for a state finals appearance. Going there last year as an individual was really awesome, now it’s time to bring five guys to Prairie View (state finals course). Some of the course goals are to achieve academic excellence as a team, and to grow and become better individuals.

Q: Tell me about your plans for college; where will you be going, will you be playing golf, what will you be studying?

A: Just recently I committed to Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne to continue my education and play golf. The atmosphere they are building up there is amazing. One of a kind. They’re bringing in the best players in the state of Indiana to play. Should be a memorable time. I plan on majoring in business, possibly with entrepreneurship or marketing. I can’t wait.

Athlete of the month: Gloria Gonzales

Interview by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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Q: How did you get started in swimming?

A: “My mom put me and Eve (her sister)  in swim lessons when we were 4 because Eve didn’t know how to swim and almost drowned. Eve and I really enjoyed it, so we started at the YMCA for a while, then joined a summer league, then joined a club, and started swimming year round.”

Q: What are your interests other than swimming?

A:“The other interests I have other than swimming are art, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.”

Q: What are your plans for after high school?

A: “I am committed to swim at Eastern Illinois University and major in Environmental Management”

Q: What are your personal goals for this season?

A: “My personal goals for this season are to break a minute in the 100 back, break 2 minutes in the 200 free, and improve my turns.”

Q: What are your goals for the whole team this season?

A: “My goals for the whole team are halfway accomplished. We are such a close team. I am hoping for big time drops for all the girls at sectionals, and I am hoping for two of our relays to win at sectionals to advance to state

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment in your high school career thus far?

A: “My biggest accomplishment in my high school career was probably when I made the senior state cut in the 100 backstroke at sectionals last year because it was a really big turning point for me. It was the beginning of getting into swimming competitive times and transitioning into the college level.