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NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS

April 2017

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Southeast of Saline’s Kylee Thaxton prepares to throw the discus at the Smoky Valley track and field meet. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

FEATURES

17 - Hunter Adams Health Issue Fails to Slow Adams By Conor Nicholl

10 - Kaden Davis

Ellsworth Senior a 3-Sport Star By Jim Misunas

DEPARTMENTS

12 - Peyton Lane

5 - Locker Talk

Family Tradition Continues By Ted Hayes

KSHSAA Sportsmanship Winners

14 - Andrew Stratman Future Wildcat Sparks Central By Kyle McCaskey

6 - Picture This Signing Photos

21 - Coaches Corner Dee Kolzow, Salina Central Baseball

16 - Ninti Little

Chapman’s Big Star on Track By Matt Browning

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Athlete of the Month GLEASON WILLIAMS, Salina Central H.S. Gleason is a senior at Central High and participates in baseball and basketball for the Mustangs. He has lettered in both sports and was named honorable mention All-AVCTL Division I in baseball as a junior. Gleason carries a 3.50 grade point average and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as World Class Sports in Salina where he teaches basketball fundamentals to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Gleason, who has trained at Driven Fitness for four years, is a four-year member of the Salina American Legion baseball program and has signed a baseball letter-of-intent with Emporia State. He plans to major in Engineering.

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KSHSAA

Sportsmanship Winners Congratulations to Abilene and Southeast of Saline for boys’ basketball and Hanover for girls’ basketball in winning sportsmanship plaques and medals at last month’s state basketball tournaments. Schools participating all three days of the tournament were eligible to receive a plaque for their school and medals for cheerleaders. Schools whose teams did not advance to the semifinal rounds were eligible to receive a certificate if they met the qualifying standards of sportsmanship. Those included Rural Vista in the boys’ and girls’ tournaments, Hillsboro and Smoky Valley in the boys’ tournament and Abilene in the girls’ tournament.

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TRACK & FIELD

Hannah Fowles of Clay Center clears a height in the pole vault at the Pre-State Challenge. (Photo, Kelly Ross) Ben Veach of Abilene hits the sand in the long jump at the Smoky Valley meet. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Evan Irish of Salina South finished fourth in the javelin at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Cydney Bergmann of Concordia competes in the 100 hurdles at Lindsborg. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

James Morrow of Salina Central heaves the shot at the Maize invitational. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh) Kya Johnson of Bennington competed in the 3,200 at the Pre-State Challenge in Wichita. (Photo, Dale Stelz) 6

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PICTURE THIS

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

Central outfielder Gleason Williams looks to make a diving catch against Salina South as the two teams split a doubleheader. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Justin Sullivan of South pitches against Central during an AVCTL I doubleheader at Dean Evans Stadium. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Mikayla Resley of South gets set to throw out a Salina Central runner during a doubleheader at South High. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Jacie Marcotte of Salina South fires a pitch home during a sweep of Salina Central at South High. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

McPherson’s Jack Reifschneider looks up at the umpire after sliding safely into second base against Andover. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Payton Bergkamp of Sacred Heart delivers a pitch against Russell during a doubleheader sweep by the Knights. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

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Brett Norris of Salina Central eyes the flight of his ball during a tournament at Salina Municipal. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

GOLF/TENNIS

Hadley Hageman returns a forehand as McPherson teammate Patrick Munsey waits for a possible return during the John Markham Invite at Goddard. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

Grant Herrenbruck was the overall medalist as he led Sacred Heart to the team title at the McPherson Invitational. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Jarrod Nowak of McPherson returns a backhand on the way to a third-place finish in the John Markham Invitational. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska) 8

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Cole Elmore of Sacred Heart checks his yardage during the McPherson Invitational at Turkey Creek. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Parker Norton of Salina South watches his ball head to the green during the McPherson invitational. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)


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SOCCER/SWIMMING

Jaycee Burghart (7) and Aislim Hughes (16) of McPherson celebrate a goal against Topeka High in the McPherson tourney. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Karley Benson of Salina Central controls the ball in a game against Wichita Heights in the Titan Classic. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Macie Carlson of McPherson competes in the 200 I.M. at the Salina South swim meet. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Maggie Leaf of McPherson heads down the lane in the 100 Backstroke at the Salina South pool. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

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Ellsworth’s Davis a Multi-Sport Star Kaden Davis of Ellsworth won the 200 in Class 3A last year at the state track meet and finished second in the 100 and 400. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

By Jim Misunas VYPE North Central Kansas Ask Ellsworth High School’s Kaden Davis about his school year, and he’ll tell it’s a breeze competing in football, basketball and track. Kaden’s father, Ron Davis, Jr., encouraged him to stay active from an early age. “Competing in three sports helps me greatly,” Davis said. “I increased my skills in each sport knowing it would carry over to the next season. It’s been a pleasure to compete for my town in three different sports.” The reigning Class 3A 200-meter state champion was selected for the Kansas Shrine Bowl football game and earned honorable mention all-state basketball honors. 10

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“My uncle, Chad Davis, told me about his experience and I saw in his eyes how big of an honor it is,” Davis said. Summertime work has enabled Davis to pursue his goal of competing in football at the Division 1 level. “Last summer was a grind with no days off,” he said. “Most of my days would consist of weights in the morning, work right after, basketball league, and always squeezing in another football workout.” The 6-foot, 182-pound Davis earned recruiting interest in all three sports before signing with Butler Community County as a receiver. He attended football camps at Kansas, Kansas State , Wyoming and Butler. He chose Butler because of its track record of developing players. “Coach Brice Vignery and I built a great bond,” he said. “D-1 football has been my dream since Day 1, and although I lost sight of it at times, I regained it. I plan on attending a D-1 after what happens at Butler.” Davis (29 catches, 837 yards) averaged 39 yards per catch at Ellsworth while seeing man-to-man coverage that eventually morphed into a consistent double-team scheme. Davis’ training at Salina’s Sharp Performance Center has improved his speed and agility. Davis clocked a 4.54 FTA time in the Shrine Bowl Combine and a 4.46 FTA time at Wyoming. He’s achieved a 36-inch vertical jump. “Training at Sharp Performance has helped me a great deal,” Davis said. “The workouts from Jake Sharp and David Leonard I perform at home.” Davis, who averaged 16 points a game on the basketball court, started as a champion middle distance runner in middle school when he talked his coach into trying the sprints as a sophomore. It was a good move. Davis simply snapped an Ellsworth school record set in 1926 by Lynn Kelley (11.0) by running a 10.86 (FAT) in the 100. Last year, Davis won the 200 (22.39) and placed second in the 400 (49.22) and 100 (11.06) to Nemaha Central’s Jacob Koelzer (10.89), who returns for his senior year. “Our biggest challenge is talking Kaden into easing back and taking a day off,” said Ellsworth coach Jill Windholz. “He maintains a great work ethic to get better every day. He tries to improve his start and gives his best effort every day.” Davis owns schools records in the 100 (10.64), 200 (22.13) and 400 (49.22). His goal is to capture all three events. “My track goals are to sweep state in the 100, 200, 400,” he said. “I expect nothing less. I believe all the work I put in will pay off. The top sprinter is back, but we run in different lanes, so I’m not worried.”


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Lane Continues Family Tradition By Ted Hayes VYPE North Central Kansas You have to be a little crazy to want to hang upside down 14 feet in the air. At least that’s what Clay Center junior Peyton Lane has to say about pole vaulting. And he should know as he’s the defending Class 4A state champion after clearing 14-feet at the state meet last year as a sophomore. “You can’t be scared,” Lane said. “You have to focus on the little things and you have to keep trying when things go bad.” Things have rarely gone bad for Lane, something his head coach Tyler Nelson attributes to Lane’s dedication and attention to details. “Peyton has terrific natural skills but he really works hard at getting better,” Nelson said. “He’s very dedicated and spends so much time working on the little things that make him a great vaulter. Actually, his dad J.D. Lane is his vaulting coach and I enjoy watching them work together every day. They are fun to watch as a father-son team.” Peyton’s grandfather “Blackie” Lane was a track legend around the state and his children and grandchildren have carried on the legacy that has made the family name synonymous with Clay Center track success. But, great genes aren’t limited to his dad’s side of the family. Peyton’s mom, Carrie Stenzil, was a state track champion and still holds a school record for the Lady Tigers. Peyton’s sister Lauren, a senior, is a state-class athlete in three sports, and his younger sister Sydney is destined to follow in the family footsteps in sports, so Peyton Lane’s success hasn’t really come as a surprise to anyone close to the Tiger track tradition. Peyton started his vaulting career with a broomstick when he was about 3 years old. Nelson said he remembers when Peyton started showing up to track practice when he was in the third grade. “I always wanted to be a vaulter,” Lane said. “I thought it was cool.” Lane credits much of his success to Mark Breault who runs a vaulter’s school and clinic for vaulters from several states and throughout Kansas. “He coached four or five state champions last year and runs the Tailwind Pole Vault Club out of the old Jamestown High School,” Lane said. With one state title already in his medal case, Lane hopes to repeat as state champion this year and he also has his eyes on the Clay Center school record

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of 14-6 set by Tom Carlson in 1976. Lane won the NCKL meet a year ago at 14-5 1/4 so he’s less than one inch from passing that record. “I want to keep getting better, get back to state and win it again,” Lane said. The sky seems to be the limit for Peyton Lane and he’s not afraid to launch himself higher into space every time he picks up a pole – even if it means he’s a little crazy.

Peyton Lane of Clay Center is the defending state champion in the Class 4A pole vault. (Photo, Phil Frigon)


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Future Wildcat Stratman Andrew Stratman of Salina Central is a Kansas State signee. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

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Andrew Stratman was great as a thrower. When he developed into a pitcher, he crossed the line to exceptional. “Now, he locates the ball a lot better, and is changing speeds and is developing his other pitches,” said Salina Central baseball coach Dee Kolzow. “We talk to our pitchers, too, about hey, when you’re on the mound, it’s nine against one. Let your people behind you play.” Stratman, the Salina Central senior righty and Kansas State signee, transformed his approach in the summer before his junior year. His fastball spiked – now sitting between 87-92 mph – but he became polished as he understood how his complementary slider, curveball and cutter could buckle a hitter’s timing. Stratman became a true pitcher, a musician realizing the full range of scales available to his repertoire. “I was trying to throw as hard as I could every single pitch,” Stratman said. “I’ve learned that it’s definitely not all velocity. Changing speeds is huge when it comes to pitching. “… I just started focusing more on my stuff and executing pitches, instead of just focusing on velocity, and that’s really helped.” Before Stratman becomes a Wildcat, he first is laser-focused on one final rodeo as a Mustang. He first wants a look at a different college baseball field – Wichita State University’s Eck Stadium, home of the 5A state tournament. “We want to get back to Wichita, and I know he does in the worst way,” Kolzow said. The schedule, packed with AVCTL foes, is a sufficient primer before leaping to the next level. Stratman even faced his future Kansas State teammate, Maize South’s Jordan Maxson, in the opening week of the season. “I see a lot of good talent with guys in the AVCTL. I pitch to them like I plan to pitch in the Big 12, and learn from how they battle me,” Stratman said. The Division 1 label showcases Stratman’s talent, but that reputation has not created conceit. Stratman speaks with disciplined, gracious, thoughtful poise. “You just got to know that you’re playing with a good group of guys, and everything you do, you just want to do it for them,” he said. Stratman sees himself as part of a daunting one-two punch in the rotation with junior Ethan Kickhaefer, and part of a pitching staff that can reach eight deep. When not on the mound, Stratman takes cuts as a designated hitter or second baseman. Kolzow praises Stratman’s work ethic. Stratman’s leadership resonates in how he approaches the classroom, practice and friendships with teammates. From that perspective, he is the perfect ace to anchor the staff. “I just hope he goes on and has a lot of success. I know all of our players feel that way about him,” Kolzow said. “They really look up to him, and think the world of him as a person.” 14

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Little Big Star on the Track By Matt Browning VYPE North Central Kansas

Ninti Little of Chapman will look to defend her Class 4A 100-meter dash title next month in Wichita. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

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By most accounts, the 100-meter dash is the most prestigious event at the state track meet every year. Some of the best athletes in state focus their offseason training regiments and their in-season pacing for those 12 seconds or so on the last Saturday in May. The event and all it entails comes easier to some than others. For Chapman’s Ninta Little, the process of determining how she fit into the exclusivity of the 100 took some time. “It took me a really long to determine that it was the right event for me,” Little said. “I started running it, but I couldn’t get it. I just thought it wasn’t my race. But as I trained, I figured out the phases and that helped me a lot.” Her training and learning of the sprint led her to last May at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State. Certainly her goal was to win the 100-meter, but at the same time though, Little understood just how difficult it was. So when she was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 12:47, it took some time for the reality to sink in. “I remember her waving to all of us on the stand and being very proud,” Chapman track coach Michelle Elliott said. “But once she got off, all she wanted was a funnel cake. I remember her saying ‘I can have one now!’ At that point, I don’t think she understood what she had just done.” Little is a track-only athlete for the Fighting Irish, so her entire year is built around preparation and training, sandwiched by the short, two-month window that is the spring sports season. “After the season ends in May, I still have summer track season,” Little said. “So once school starts back up, I usually get a month off and I really get out of shape and gain ten pounds or so.” “But then I start to train again, eat better and go on twomile runs. Then we do short block stuff at Kansas State in order to prepare for a constructive outdoor season.” Elliott thinks Little’s work ethic not only benefits her, but the rest of the team, too. In fact, there are times when Little wants to push herself more than normal, so she will jump in with the boys’ races at practice. “She never holds back or is afraid to push herself,” Elliott said. “She is a leader, but not outspoken and is humble in everything she does.” Little, a junior, has already received college letters from Wichita State, Kansas, Cornell and Lipscomb. She has visited Pittsburg State and really liked what she saw. However, she doesn’t anticipate making a decision anytime soon. “I know one thing and that is I want to run in college,” Little said. “But I’m not too worried about making a decision soon. I still want to visit campuses and talk to coaches.”


Health Issue Fails to Slow Adams By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Hunter Adams enjoyed a standout senior season on the offensive and defensive lines for Southeast of Saline. Adams collected first team all-league honors for the 7-3 Trojans. Southeast reached the playoffs for the fourth straight season and fell, 36-22, at Halstead on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the first round of the Class 3A postseason. Adams and his family believed he suffered a minor concussion in the game. He stayed home Wednesday and attended school the following two days. Adams had a relatively normal weekend and helped his father, Steve, with some concrete work Sunday. The following three days, Adams had stomach illness and eventually landed in the emergency room. Three post-concussion follow-up tests showed little change. Adams slept a lot and had constant headaches. After a CT scan, Adams received challenging news on Nov. 17. He had a brain tumor that was four centimeters at its longest point and was roughly the size of a half dollar. The tumor was centrally located and extended to the cerebellum. Adams was sent to the University of Kansas Medical Center and brain surgery was recommended. However, on the advice of several people close to them, the Adams family asked for a second opinion. On Friday, the family called the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The Mayo Clinic saw Adams the following Monday. “They didn’t recommend surgery at this time, because his symptoms do not warrant it,” Hunter’s mom, Toni said. Since then, Hunter’s life has returned to a sense of normalcy, with one exception – he will not be able to play football, or contact sports. “He got to play his whole high school career,” Toni said. “They found it after his final game, and I think there was a reason why they did.” Adams completed a 90-day follow-up MRI and had no change with the tumor. Unless anything worsens, he won’t need another consult for six to 12 months. Adams played baseball the previous three seasons but, after two friends talked with him, he joined the track team as a thrower. He competed as a thrower in junior high. “Even if I can’t play football or sports in college, I would like to stay shape and track helps me do that,” he said. Adams, the oldest of four, missed around a month of classes. He has returned to school, can again drive and lift weights. Adams is expected to attend Bethany College where head coach Paul Hubbard has talked to Adams about serving as a student assistant coach. Adams is excited about the role so he can stay around football and learn the “behind the scenes” of coaching. “After watching him, really try to stay strong at first, it kind of helped me out,” Hunter’s father, Steve, said. “So as long as he is happy doing what he is doing, I am going to support him whatever he decides he’s going to do in life. Occasionally, Adams will still get a headache, but doesn’t know if it’s related to the tumor. The initial attention has died down, and Adams does like when someone from school “every once in awhile” will ask about his health. “I can do about anything,” he said. Hunter Adams competes on the track team for Southeast of Saline. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)


Comeback Player of the Month

Brynton Crews, McPherson H.S With one arm out of commission for the remainder of his match, McPherson junior Brynton Crews faced unpleasant circumstances as he gutted through wrestling competition at the Burlington Invitational in January. “I shot in on a double leg, and then I was getting ready to come up with it,” Crews said. “(My opponent) sprawled out and put all of his weight on it all at once while I was picking it up. It just gave out on me.” Brynton Crews (red uniform) Crews assumed he had dislocated his shoulder. With a dull, numbing pain, Crews grimaced through the match with an ineffective right arm. On the bright side, he scored a victory. “I pinned him, actually,” Crews said. The numbness persisted, however. Crews struggled to raise his arm during the following days and eventually took a visit to Dr. Byron Grauerholz at the Orthopaedic Sports Health Clinic in Salina. Crews discovered he had suffered a right shoulder labral sprain. The recovery timeline would keep him out 4-6 weeks – bumping up tightly with Class 4A regionals. “Dr. Grauerholz gave me a set of stretches to do every day, and some arm bands to kind of stretch it out,” Crews said. “I went to physical therapy, and Mr. (Brandon) Labertew helped me a lot. We were strengthening it, trying to get it ready for regionals.” Recuperating the shoulder injury was pivotal to Crews’ success. “I actually rely on my upper body quite a bit. I like to do tilts. I use tilts quite a bit,” Crews said. “That’s probably my favorite move, actually. I like to throw when I’m on my feet.” A 4A state qualifier at 126 pounds as a sophomore, Crews also reached the state tournament this year as a junior. A trip to the podium eluded him, but his aspirations remain high as he contemplates his upcoming senior season. “I want to be undefeated state champion next year,” Crews said. “I know what the state tournament is like, and I know what my abilities are, and I can do better than what I’ve done.”

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CLASS 4A STATE POWERLIFTING

The Class 4A State Powerlifting Championships were held March 5 at Clay Center High School with over 300 students competing. Britney Smith of BasehorLinwood set a state record in the lift.

Chas Rollo of Basehor-Linwood drew a big crowd and set a state record.

Dominick Campbell competed for the Abilene Cowboys.

KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMBINE Saturday, April 29th 2017 Kansas Wesleyan University Salina, Kansas

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Parker Folkes of Clay Center strains with effort during the state meet.

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Student Athlete of the Month Kelsie Boeken, Sterling H.S. Kelsie Boeken will play a vital role as a member of the Sterling High School softball team. Last year the team won the Central Kansas League while recording the school’s best single-season record of 20-2. During the season Kelsie hit .370 while compiling a .500 on-base percentage as the team’s designated player. She was also selected as Honorable Mention All-CKL based on this performance. This season, Kelsie will look to earn All-HOA honors as well as be called upon to help anchor an infield that will have only two returning varsity experienced players. Kelsie will provide an emotional spark to Black Bears this spring as they compete in their new league - Heart of America.

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COACH’S CORNER

Dee Kolzow, Salina Central Baseball Dee Kolzow has been coaching high school baseball in Kansas for over forty years and still burns with a passion for the game he loves. The 71-year-old Kolzow is in his ninth season at Salina Central after spending 32 years coaching and teaching at Southeast Saline. He retired from teaching in 2008 before accepting the head baseball position at Central. A 1963 graduate of Centre High School, Kolzow played football for Gene Bissel at Kansas Wesleyan following his military service, graduating in 1972. His career began at Lakin where he coached football for four years before moving on to teach and coach at SE-Saline. He started the baseball program at SE and guided six Trojan teams to the state baseball tournament while compiling a 16290 record. His Central teams have reached state twice. Overall, Kolzow’s high school record is 257-191. He also coached American Legion baseball in Salina for 15 years. He and his wife Janice are the parents of two grown sons. VYPE - With over 40 years of coaching high school baseball, what keeps you coming back every year? KOLZOW - “The kids. I really enjoy being around them. I’m retired from teaching now and I really enjoy baseball and I like to think I’m making an investment in their lives. They work hard and I don’t believe kids are harder to coach now than they used to be. There’s so many negative things said about kids today and I get tired of hearing it. I wish people would get to know the kids better. They haven’t changed in all the years I’ve been coaching. From the first day I started I had great kids and I feel like I’ve always had great kids and I still do.” VYPE - How did you first get interested in baseball? KOLZOW - “I started school in Silver Lake and went all through grade school there and baseball in Silver Lake is very important to the kids and the whole community. Their tradition is one of the best in the state and I really enjoyed being a part of that. VYPE - What are some of the highlights of your career over the past four decades? KOLZOW - “I’ve had some great teams through the years and reaching the state tournament a few times has always been a highlight for me because it means so much to my players. The biggest highlight for me is what the kids do after they leave high school. I’m proud of what they do and watching them become good citizens, good people, is greater to me than what they accomplished as baseball players. That’s the highlight of my career and why I keep coaching. I’ve also always had great assistant coaches and every place I’ve ever taught or coached, the administration has been great to me. I’ve been very fortunate all these years wherever I’ve coached and taught.” VYPE - How has the game changed since you started coaching? KOLZOW - “They’re throwing harder now and they’re more athletic. Of course the metal bats are a big change and if I had my choice, we’d go back to using wooden bats. I don’t think the kids now are as knowledgeable about the game as they used to be when they first come into a program. They don’t study or watch the game as much now as the kids used to. And, there’s so much emphasis today of specializing in one sport. I wish we could go back to the kids participating in three sports instead of specializing in just one. I really think they would be better off playing three sports.” VYPE - Do you follow MLB and do you have a favorite team? KOLZOW - “I like the Royals and yes, Janice and I both love to go to baseball games. We’ve seen every MLB stadium in the country except the new Atlanta stadium and we’re making that trip this summer. Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are special, historic stadiums but I think Kansas City’s and San Francisco’s are my favorites. I just love to watch the games and see the stadiums. It’s something my wife and I do together almost every summer.”

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