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Player Profile: Connor Schwinkendorf

Molly Donovan, Sports Reporter

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Name: Connor Schwinkendorf

Grade: Senior

Sport: Baseball

What made you successful last season?

“Last season I learned what it meant to compete at the varsity level and even if I was not getting regular playing time, what it meant to be a part of a winning team and how to support your teammates even if you are not on the field. The biggest part about team sports is having the whole team buying in regardless of what position, how much playing time, or how big their name is. My biggest accomplishment last year was being a part of a successful team and being able to support my teammates no matter what.”

What are some goals this year?

“As a team we hope to win districts this year. For me personally, I just want to be the best team player I can be whether that’s on the field or off the field there’s so much more to baseball than just at bats or put outs; it’s a huge momentum sport and when you can get players behind you and supporting you everyone has more success.”

Why did you start playing baseball?

“I started very young playing T-ball when I was about four. It’s always been a sport I really loved because of how complicated and random it can be; no game ever plays out the same and something new happens every single game. I also love the element of competition because it’s one on one and there’s also team versus team and there’s also  competition within the team. It’s a sport based on skill, precision, and coordination and I find that fun.”

What is the best part about being on the baseball team?

“The best part about our team is that we’re basically a family. No matter who you spend time with outside of practice or games everyone’s close and everyone’s friends. Baseball brings people together like few other sports do.”

What is the best part about baseball?

“The best part of baseball is that it’s such a diverse sport where everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Your mental approach is a huge factor in your success and you can never count anyone out.”

What inspires you?

“I find inspiration in anyone or any team that has overcome significant adversity. There’s nothing more inspiring than a good underdog story or someone who puts incredible time and effort into something they love and are able to succeed.”

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