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.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, May 9th
-Boys’ Golf vs. Rushville @5:30
-Girls’ Tennis at New Palestine @4:30
-Varsity Baseball vs. Connersville @5:30
-JV/Varsity Softball v. New Palestine @5:30

Tuesday, May 10th
-Varsity Baseball at Brebeuf @6:00
-JV Softball vs. Shenandoah @5:30
-Varsity Softball @Shenandoah @5:30
-Girls’ Track & Field. HHC @5:30

Wednesday, May 11th
-Boys’ Golf at Fishers @4:30
-Girls’ Tennis at New Castle @4:30
-JV Baseball at Frankton @5:30
-JV/Varsity Softball v. Lawrence @5:30

Thursday, May 12th
-Boys’ Track & Field, HHC @5:30

 

Upcoming events

4/29: Boys’ Varsity Baseball @5:30, at Pendleton Heights

4/29: Girls’ JV Softball @5:30, at Greenfield Central

4/29: Girls’ Varsity Softball @7:00, at Greenfield Central

4/30: Boys’ JV Baseball @10:00 am, at Pendleton Heights

4/30: Boys’ and Girls’ Track @11:00 am, at Kokomo

4/30: Girls’ JV Softball @ 9:00 am, at Carmel

4/30: Girls’ Tennis @ 9:00 am, at Warren Central

 

Baseball season starts

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photos by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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Spring is rapidly approaching, which means two things are coming: warmer weather and baseball.

During the week of March 14 through March 18, Mt. Vernon held tryouts for anyone interested in playing baseball. The tryouts were held outside on the baseball fields after school.

“We should have a pretty good team this year. I am excited to get going,” said Kennedy Parker, 12.

The first game for the marauders will be on April 5 at home against the Southport Cardinals. Mt. Vernon is also ranked 9th in the state for class 4A to start the season.

baseball swing“I am really excited for this season. We have a great group of kids and I’m thinking we will have a pretty good year,” stated Coach Carr.

The Marauders will be looking to live up to the hype surrounding this season and build off the success from last season.

Senior Athletes

Interviews by: Logan Jennings, staff writer

Boys Soccer
Dylan Griffey
Struggle: It was tough to keep a high head after multiple consecutive losses, and it was hard to stay motivated during practice
Favorite:When Coach Britt thought Helen Keller was a Jewish girl that hid from Nazis (Anne Frank)
Future: Go to IU and get a degree in biology then get accepted to the School of Optometry so I can become an optometrist

Girls Basketball
Shaely Duff
Struggle: Having to adjust to a new coaching style my senior year
Favorite: Winning state and playing my senior year with Hannah (Jones) and Olivia (Coleman)
Future: Play basketball at Trine University and major in chemical engineering

Baseball
Zach Spears
Struggle: The mental game in controlling all my pitches
Favorite: Going to Semi State in basketball and sweeping Greenfield Central in baseball this season
Future: Going to Miami of Ohio to play baseball

Girls Golf
Bailey Fleming
Struggle: My freshman year as a whole
Favorite: Winning sectionals sophomore and junior year
Future: Go play golf at Olivet Nazarene University and major in biology with emphasis in pre-med

Baseball tryouts

Story by: Logan Jennings
Photo by: Ashley Vega

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A crack of the bat, players arguing over balls and strikes, and the whistling sound that the baseball makes when it is thrown perfectly. These are the sounds that were heard during Mt. Vernon High School’s baseball tryouts. Basketball may have ended, but baseball is just warming up.

One excited player, Mason Rapp, 12, said,”There is a buzz around having a new coach, and the program is going in a new direction.”

The baseball tryouts went smoothly. The tryouts were basically like a regular practice. The catchers and pitchers worked on throwing. Everybody else worked on defensive work and batting. They all also had to go through conditioning at the end of the tryout.

The tryouts were held March 16- 18. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors were competing to get a spot on the team. Thankfully, there were no cuts this year.

According to Mason Rapp, there were several players who seem likely to breakout this year like junior Noah Powell, sophomore Ryan Beck, and senior Zach Spears.

Now it’s time for the boys to get to work.