Jul 27

Senior Spotlight 2016: Alex Riedel

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Alex Riedel

Riedel Senior 2016

 

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Loras College (St. Thomas Aquinas High School)

Sports Played: Baseball and Cross Country (playing baseball in college)

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Albert Pujols

Sports Goal: Get stronger and faster in preparation for college

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Hitting on the field at the 2012 Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium 

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP31.5 years

Favorite Movement/Lift: Sled Pushes

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3I like the personalized programs, as well as it’s pretty cool working out alongside professional athletes.

Advice to Other Athletes: “Enjoy the ride because you can’t play your sport forever.”

“It has been my pleasure having the opportunity to work with Alex these past 9 months.  Alex shows up every day ready to get to work, striving to be better every day.  Coming from a very talented baseball program it was hard for Alex to get a lot of starting time on the Varsity level but that did not deter him.  He is a team player that will do whatever the coaches asks to help the team.  It is that determination and selflessness that has lead Alex to have the opportunity to further his academic career as well as play baseball for Loras College.  Our entire staff is very happy for him, I think that he has found a great school where he can be a key starter or reliever for the Duhawks in time.  We wish Alex the best and look forward to watching him continue to develop!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 25

Senior Spotlight 2016: Sarah Hunter

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Sarah Hunter

 

Hunter, S Senior 2016

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Wayne State College (Blue Valley West High School)

Sports Played: Softball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Matt Besler or Danica Patrick

Sports Goal: Run 2.5 second or faster Home-1st

Most Memorable Sports Experience: The triple play that won us the 2015 USSSA State Championship 

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP36 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: I like a lot of them.  I really like agility ladders and doing power clean pulls.

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3I love the camaraderie and everyone helping each other.  I am always meeting new people. 

Advice to Other Athletes: “Stay humble and kind kiddos.  You have a goal, just set your mind to it and work hard.  I guarantee you’ll achieve it.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Sarah over the past 6 months.  She has a true passion to work hard every time she steps in the gym and always does it with a smile on her face.  Sarah may be quiet but is always willing to step up and lead by example.  She is an inspiration to the younger athletes and will not let anything stand in her way of being the best she can be.  Wayne State College is getting a great young lady.  We wish her the best and look forward to following her progress throughout her collegiate softball career.”

Coach Able

Jul 22

Senior Spotlight 2016: Matt Wilkinson

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Matt Wilkinson

Wilkinson Senior 2016

 

Year in School/School: Freshmen/University of Central Missouri (Blue Valley Southwest High School)

Sports Played: Basketball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Lebron James

Sports Goal: Be an All-MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) player

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Signing to play college basketball

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP32 years

Favorite Movement/Lift: Bench Press or Cleans

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The family atmosphere and GAINZ

Advice to Other Athletes: “Don’t cheat yourself, stay true to the process.”

“It will be a sad day watching Matt leave for UCM this fall.  Over the past two years we have been blessed with the opportunity to work with Matt in helping him continue to hone his abilities on the court.  Matt came to us an amazing basketball player but physically lacked what was needed to play at the collegiate level of his choice.  Matt has taken that weakness and turned it into a strength that not many incoming college freshmen have, especially when it comes to the ability to rise above adversity.  Part of being an incoming freshmen in college is learning to cope with the stressors of being the new guy as well as the demands that college sports places upon you.  It has been Matt and our goal to create an environment where competition is a daily occurrence, sometimes winning and sometimes losing.  It is through this that I know that Matt will be ready for anything UCM will throw at him this fall, giving him the hand up on any other incoming freshmen. We wish Matt only the best and we look forward to seeing him on the court this season!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 20

Senior Spotlight 2016: Leslie Tillman

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Leslie Twillman

Twillman, L Senior 2016

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Kansas State University (Olathe East High School)

Sports Played: Softball (not playing in college)

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Alex Gordon

Sports Goal: Beach Body

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Hitting at walk off triple in extra innings my senior year

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP31 year

Favorite Movement/Lift: MADNESS

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The encouragement and environment

Advice to Other Athletes: “Never take any moment for granted, you never know when you’ll do something for the last time.”

“It has been such a pleasure to have Leslie as a part of our family for the past year.  She busted her tail this past offseason to get faster in the field and increase her power at the plate.  Leslie is not afraid of a challenge, she attacks it with little hesitation (and a smile).  She had numerous quotes of the day in-season insisting she wanted to lift rather than stretch on certain days.  That is not normal to hear from an in-season athlete but Leslie understood the importance that her lifting would do for her in-season.  Leslie has decided to further her educational career by attending Kansas State University where she has decided to focus on school and her sorority.  Leslie is going to make a great leader in the house, someone who will lend a helping hand and leads by example.  We wish her the best with all of her future endeavors and look forward to catching up on life with her frequently!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 19

Senior Spotlight 2016: Nathan Wiles

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Nathan Wiles

 

Wiles, N Senior 2016-2

Height/Weight: 6’4″/235lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/University of Oklahoma (Blue Valley West High School)

Sports Played: Baseball, Football, Basketball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Salvador Perez

Sports Goal: Be the absolute best that I can be

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Getting the start on the mound and getting the victory against the #2 seed in the first round of the Kansas State tournament last year

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP32 years

Favorite Movement/Lift: Back Squats

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3Coming into a family atmosphere and getting to work with some great people

Advice to Other Athletes: “Only worry about things that you can control.”

“It has been our pleasure having Nathan with us these past two years.  Nathan was a 3-sport athlete at Blue Valley West, leaving him always in-season throughout the year.  It took some time but Nathan learned how important in-season training can be in terms of development and recovery, especially with the short breaks between seasons.  He is a fun loving, comical young man who can be heard on numerous of our videos cheering on other athletes during their max out attempts.  Living in the shadow of an older brother that plays professional baseball can be tough but I feel that Nathan has created his own image of who he is as a baseball player and our staff is extremely excited for him to head down the Norman to join the University of Oklahoma’s baseball team.  I know that Nathan will stand up the rigors of Big 12 baseball and will have numerous successes in his future.  We wish Nathan only the best and I look forward to watching OU collide against some of our other Big 12 baseball players in the coming years!  Boomer Sooner!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 15

Senior Spotlight 2016: Alex Ronnebaum

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Alex Ronnebaum

Ronnebaum, A Senior 2016

 

Height/Weight: 6’4″/195lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/University of Arkansas (Blue Valley West High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Derek Jeter

Sports Goal: Put on 15lbs before college

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Having my family be able to travel around the U.S. growing up so I could play baseball

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP31 year

Favorite Movement/Lift: Plyometrics

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The competitive environment

Advice to Other Athletes: “Don’t settle for what is expected!”

“Alex moved here from Topeka about a year ago and it has been an absolute pleasure to assist in his development.  Alex came in inexperienced in the weight room, something that has made drastic changes in his baseball abilities, leading to him signing to play at the University of Arkansas.  He is an extremely kind young man that welcomes any new athletes into our program, as well as that athlete who lets his actions speak for his talent.  Alex has extremely high goals, I find him in my office almost daily asking about how he can continue to improve.  He is not afraid of hard work, rather he encourages challenges to be directed toward him.  I know that Alex will do a great job down at the University of Arkansas pushing the middle infielders to be their best or be beat next fall.  Our staff looks forward to visits down to Fayetteville to watch Alex and Isaiah Campbell suit up for the Hogs in 2017!  Being a graduate of Missouri State it pains me to say it but, WOOOOO PIG SOOOOIE!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 13

Senior Spotlight 2016: Collin Gallery

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Collin Gallery

 

GalleryC Senior 2016

Height/Weight: 5’9″/180lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/St. Ambrose University (Blue Valley Southwest High School)

Sports Played: Football

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Peyton Manning

Sports Goal: Get quicker and stronger

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Winning the 5A Kansas State Baseball Championship in 2015

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP38 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Bench Press

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3: The camaraderie of the coaches and athletes

Advice to Other Athletes: “Have fun playing your sport, you won’t always be able to play.”

“Though Collin has only been with us for 8 months, it feels like he has been a part of our family for a long time.  Collin is an easy going, laid back young man though he knows when it is time to switch into hard work mode.  As a QB he is undersized but that did not deter him from putting up great numbers at BVSW, leading to him signing to play at St. Ambrose University.  The fighting bees are getting one great young man that will do an amazing job as a leader on the field and in the weight room.  We wish Collin only the best and look forward to getting to see him play on the field in the very near future!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 12

Senior Spotlight 2016: Tanner Fox

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Tanner Fox

Fox Senior 2016

 

Height/Weight: 5’11″/175lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Neosho County Community College (Blue Valley High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Tom Brady

Sports Goal: Get drafted and play as long as I can

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Winning the Kansas State Baseball Championship in 2014

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP32 years

Favorite Movement/Lift: Deadlift

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3Having reliable coaches there that really care about you

Advice to Other Athletes: “Get in here as much as possible to get better because time flies in high school and before you know it you’ll be in college.”

“Tanner is an absolute bulldog.  He is that guy that you always enjoy working with because he is driven, humble and very coachable.  Tanner has the mentality that you preach to all athletes, that mentality of having a ferocious work ethic while letting your work speak for itself.  On the field there is no doubt that he is the team leader proven by his work ethic and ability to mentor the younger athletes.  I have no doubt that he played a huge role in the record breaking baseball season for Blue Valley High School, without his leadership I do not believe that they would have done as well.  Tanner has been through a ton of adversity his senior year from the KS State baseball tournament, to college, to an injury but if you speak with him you will see that none of that holds any weight with him.  He is always looking to rise above any adversity in front of him and we know he will do the same as he embarks on his rehab.  That tenacious ability to attack anything in his way is going to make Tanner a very successful person on the diamond and in life.  It has and continues to be our pleasure to call Tanner a part of our family and we look forward to what’s in store for him next!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 11

Senior Spotlight 2016: Nathan McClain

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Nathan McClain

 

McClain Senior 2016

Height/Weight: 6’0″

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Kansas State University (Blue Valley High School)

Sports Played: Cross Country/Track and Field (not running in college)

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Meb Keflezighi (American Long Distance Runner)

Sports Goal: Become a better well-rounded athlete and complete a marathon (first marathon completed 7/9/2016)

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Being a part of the 2014 Kansas State Cross Country Championship team

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP3Since December 2014

Favorite Movement/Lift: Glute Ham Situps

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3: Improving daily with so many other people from other schools and sports

Advice to Other Athletes: “You’re not always going to have 100% of your ability every day, but that’s not an excuse to not give 100% of what you have that day.”

“For almost 2 years now Nathan has learned more about himself being in the weight room than he may have thought possible when he first started with us.  Realizing he was stronger than he gave himself credit for, he began to understand how the weight room can translate not only in his running but in his life as well.  He found out that when there is a goal you want to achieve you have to work hard to reach it and that sometimes unfortunate things will happen in life that get in the way of those goals but it is up to him to fight that much more to achieve what he wants.  Since finishing high school he has turned his focus on marathon running and is set to go to K-State to further his academic career.  We are very proud of Nathan and wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward in life!”

Coach Kujat

Jul 07

Senior Spotlight 2016: Emily Engelken

We are proud of all of the hard work of each one of our seniors! Learn more about them below:

 

Senior 2016: Emily Engelken

Engelken, E Senior 2016

 

Height/Weight: 6’0″

Year in School/School: Freshmen/University of Mississippi (Blue Valley West High School)

Sports Played: Volleyball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Mia Hamm

Sports Goal: Lead Ole Miss in hitting percentage

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Winning the 6A Kansas State Volleyball Championship

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP314 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Squats or “beach body” abs

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3Walking into the awesome atmosphere that PSP3 creates every day

Advice to Other Athletes: “Always control 2 things: attitude and effort.”

“Emily is a special athlete.  She is the epitome of what a good teammate is when it comes to being on the volleyball court.  She will take any role the team needs and make it her specialty, a true statement to her athletic ability.  It has been our program’s privilege to work with her over the past year in the push for the Kansas State Championship, as well as helping her prep for the rigors of SEC volleyball.  Emily has taken every challenge we have thrown at her with a smile and has effectively accomplished the milestones that we set for her.  She has not only done a great job mentoring her teammates at BVW but also the female athletes in our program with her actions in the weight room.  We wish her only the best down at Ole Miss and look forward to following her future!  HOTTY TODDY!”

Coach Hemphill

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