Kurtis Stadnicki: Concord Male Athlete of the Season

  • Concord Post 21's Eric Sullivan (11) and Connor Lorenz (right) greet Kurtis Stadnicki (7) as Stadnicki crosses home plate during an American Legion baseball game against Keene Post 4 at White Park in Concord on Friday, June 22, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Published: 6/28/2018 6:54:14 PM

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge our team faced this season was playing all three faucets of baseball (hitting, pitching, defense) to our best game in and game out. We knew that we could beat any team in the state if we did so. All the team could do is carry over our hard work from practice and compete on every pitch, and good things will happen.

Who was the unsung hero of your team? There was no unsung hero of our team – or let me rephrase – everyone was a hero on the team. We needed leaders at every corner on the season, and at each point it was someone different. Whether it was Griffin Gilbert and Jacob Knowles pitching in the playoffs, Eric Sullivan and Alex Buteau hitting, or Zach Miles and John Taranovich defensively, or even our junior relievers (McDonough, Kennedy, Merchant), everyone played a key role in our success and playoff run.

If you could improve high school baseball in New Hampshire, what would you do? If I were to change N.H. baseball for the better, I would implement more night games. It allows more students, friends and families to attend, and games under the lights are memories that you hold on to for a lifetime. Obviously, not all fields have lights available.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they? I have two main superstitions when it comes time for game day. I have to tape both wrists with the same tape bought from the same store, and I have to chewing on the same piece of gum throughout the entire game.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport? Easy! Don’t step on the lines on game day!

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie? If you happen to know the children show Veggie Tales, there is a character named Larry the Cucumber. Our Senior INF/OF, Zach Morrissey, resembles the cucumber awkwardly well.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be? If life were a video game, a cheat code would simply be winning the lottery.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by? If you are to look back in five years and think that fidget spinners were the hip thing to have, you may be a little bit embarrassed in your generation’s decisions.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made? Hands down the best purchase I have made would be my moped. The worst purchase I made would have to be any wood bat, as I have broken far too many.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? The most bizarre fact I know is according to Alabama law, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sunday.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why? If I could go to school in a foreign country, it would definitely have to be a baseball academy in Puerto Rico. Getting to play baseball every day while still focusing on classes would be a dream come true.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? A cat, without a doubt, would be the rudest animal if it were able to talk.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future? A question I would ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future would be if Fortnite was still a popular game, and if Tom Brady was still playing football.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do? It would truly be difficult to show a tourist what it is really like in the city of Concord. Although we are the capital, I often find myself with my friends and having nothing to do in our area. Overall, going out to eat seems to always be the move.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done? The craziest thing a teacher has ever done is participate in a fight to the death battle with the big padded sticks with me at our annual winter carnival. Obviously, I was victorious.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst? Let’s start with the worst. The worst thing about being a teen is having people ask about college plans. The best part about being a teen is playing as much video games as possible, and not feeling guilty about it.

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