Valley News Dispatch spotlight athletes: Plum's Nick Stotler, Kiski Area's Kelsey Kinnamon
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Report card: A Coker College (S.C.) recruit, he is a key member of the 3-1 Plum baseball team. An ankle injury suffered during basketball season has caused a slow start to the year, but he hit a three-run homer in Tuesday's 13-3 win over Mt. Lebanon. Plum began the year with a preseason trip to Florida.
Do you feel fully recovered from the ankle injury?
I'm still in the process of healing it to 100 percent. It's getting close to it. I'm still cautious on some movements like sprinting fully.
What are you doing to get back into baseball shape?
I've been rehabbing it every day before practice to try to get better, things like stabilize it and stretch it out.
How was team's trip to Florida?
We played a good team from Arkansas. I wish we would've started out against a lesser team because they were well prepared, and we had a little rust. I think it was a good trip. It was a good team bonding experience.
What are your goals for this season?
Our first goal is to win our section title and go for a run in the playoffs. We try to take it game by game.
What did you choose Coker College?
I visited two other schools. I feel like Coker was the nicest. I like their program a lot. They had a good program last year. I looked at it as if I couldn't play baseball could I still go to that college. That one fit the best for me.
Who is the better hitter out of last year's MLB MVPs, Miguel Cabrera or Andrew McCutchen?
Pittsburgh people will hate me, but I think Miguel Cabrera is better. McCutchen is still something special though.
School: Kiski Area
Report card: The versatile Kinnamon can play just about every position on the field, according to Kiski Area coach Dianne Haney. The second-year starter is a shortstop and pitcher. She is also competing in track and field as a first-time javelin thrower.
What are your softball goals for this year?
I have a goal to not have any strikeouts batting-wise. I want to beat my home run record from last year which was four.
What have you improved upon as a player from your freshman year?
I think I'm a lot more comfortable when I play because I'm used to the teams I've played. I think I've matured a lot when it comes to the mental aspect of the game.
What made you want to throw the javelin?
I threw shot put and discus in eighth grade, and I thought I might be good at javelin, and we weren't able to do it in junior high. I thought it was cool.
Does throwing the javelin help with pitching?
I wouldn't say it helps with pitching, but I think softball helps me with javelin because I'm a lot stronger and it helps with that.
The word is you're taking boxing lessons. Why?
I watched a few boxing movies a couple years ago. I've been telling my dad I want to get into boxing, and at the beginning of the school year I finally did.
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