With basketball season in the later stages of the season and, even though the ground is still full of snow, baseball season is also upon us. The first official day of practice was Monday.
Two Morris seniors — Brock Kukman and Ricky Pelnarsh — play both sports and have for quite a while now. On Thursday, Pelnarsh agreed to engage the MDH as this week's question and answer subject and this is how it went.
Q. Let's start with basketball. By the time people read this it will be Saturday whether Morris wins or loses. What would be the reason the Redskins came away with a win in the Prairie Central Regional championship?
A. Probably that we out-worked them and out-rebounded them and out-hustled them.
Q. On the other side why would Pontiac have come away with a win?
A. They out-worked us. Out-shot us. Out-rebounded us.
Q. I know you are a role player, though you did get the chance to start on senior night. How did that feel?
A. It was something pretty different for me. I'm not a starter and I don't expect to start, or even play. So, it was nice that they did that for me.
Q. How has the season gone in your opinion?
A. Things have gone pretty good. Our main scorers have scored and the post guys have stepped up in a few games. From the sideline, I think we look pretty good.
Q. You are also a baseball player and practice started on Monday. Has the team gotten to practice at all?
A. Yeah, the team has been practicing. It's just me and Brock Kukman who are out. Two out of 30 is not a big deal. Coach (Todd) Kein has gotten the baseball team going pretty strong. For now we have just sat and watched but we really can't do anything.
Q. Have you always been a baseball and basketball player?
Q. How long have you been playing both basketball and baseball?
A. I've been playing baseball since forever and basketball since the fifth grade. So, since fifth grade I've played both.
Q. So, what is the biggest transition going from basketball into baseball?
A. Actually, it's not that tough of a transition. Usually I go from no sport to basketball and that is major conditioning that is exhaustive. But from basketball to baseball is usually pretty easy because baseball is less physically demanding.
Q. What do you think of the baseball team this year? What's the outlook?
A. We're looking pretty strong. I can't really say too much after three days of practice, but from how far we got last year, I feel pretty confident.
Q. You are looking at the end of the line as far as your high school athletic career. What do you say about your high school athletic experience?
A. It's been actually quite a ride. We've had some ups and downs through the years but mostly we have stayed on top. I'm pretty happy about that.