Jul 03

Senior Spotlight 2015: Colton Larkins

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Colton Larkins

Larkins Senior 2015

 

Height: 6’1″/175lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Crowder College (Blue Springs South High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Clayton Kershaw

Sports Goal: 90 mph fastball

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Throwing a 1 hitter while only having 8 players on defense

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP312 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Nate’s flossing and deadlift

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The coaches create a positive environment that pushes all of the athletes to be their best

Advice to Other Athletes: “Work hard.”

“Over the past year we have seen a distinctive change in Colton in his approach to becoming more physical not only in the weight room but also on the mound.  That change was driven by his desire to increase his velocity going into his senior year of high school/freshmen year of college.  It has been my pleasure to help Colton see how the weight room can help him get to where he wants to be by increasing his strength/power while also increasing flexibility at the same time.  All the hard work that Colton put in this past offseason with his long toss, lifting and lessons was the catalyst to why he had such a great 2015 campaign at Blue Springs South and I have no doubt that that will continue as he heads down to Crowder this fall!”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 02

Senior Spotlight 2015: Blake Roberts

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Blake Roberts

Roberts Senior 2015

Height: 5’9″/170lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/University of Central Missouri (Blue Springs South High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Wade Davis

Sports Goal: Play college baseball

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Playing in the Legion Regionals in Fargo, ND

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP312 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Box Jump

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3Getting in a great workout while interacting with others…..and the competition

Advice to Other Athletes: “Success is a ladder that one cannot climb with their hands in their pockets.”

“This past year with Blake has been such a blessing.  Blake is an extremely humble athlete who has worked his tail off to get where he is today, and will continue to work his tail off to make a college baseball team next fall.  He doesn’t possess the 90mph fastball that highly recruited athletes do, but Blake does have a tremendous amount of grit and mental strength that will take him far no matter what his collegiate athletes career becomes.  I am very proud of the progress that Blake has made while here with us, he has taken everything we have taught him and put it to great use in maximizing his ability.  We wish Blake only the best as he heads down to UCM, I have no doubt his quality characteristics as well as athletic ability will shine through.”

Coach Hemphill

Jul 01

Senior Spotlight 2015: Jared Robbins

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Jared Robbins

Robbins Senior 2015

 

Height: 6’0″/175lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Johnson County Community College (Rockhurst High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Derek Jeter

Sports Goal: Continue to gain weight, increase my flexibility and get in shape for college

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Hitting a home run in Cooperstown, NY in a baseball tournament

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP322 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Back Squat

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3I love the fact that you get to push yourself to compete against other athletes and yourself, instead of just going through a workout without any motivation

Advice to Other Athletes: “Put all of your effort into each rep that you do whether it’s lifting or practicing for your sport.  Don’t go through the motions.  Really focus on what you are doing and how you can be better.”

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Jared for almost two years.  Jared came to us as already an explosive athlete, just one who lacked the flexibility and technique to make his movements more efficient.  In these two years Jared has really focused on those things as they hold to key to creating more power on the mound and at the plate.  I am excited for Jared to get the opportunity to play at JCCC next year.  Being a competitive athlete I know Jared will push his Cavalier teammates to get better, leading to another great season in 2016.  We wish him only the best and will be there cheering him, Brett Ferencz, Grant Hoppock and Adam Thies on this coming fall and spring!”

Coach Hemphill

Jun 30

Senior Spotlight 2015: Jack Allen

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Jack Allen

Allen, J Senior 2015

Height: 5’7″/150lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Friends Universty (Maranatha Christian Academy)

Sports Played: Track

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Cleanthony Early

Sports Goal: 49.0-400m (quarter mile), 1:56-800m (half mile), 4:18-1600m (mile)

Most Memorable Sports Experience: 4th place in the 1500m at the 2013 AAU Club Nationals in Disney World

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP39 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Squats

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The coaches that push me to my limits

Advice to Other Athletes: “Do what you love no matter what.  Let God draw the path for your life.”

“It has been our honor to have Jack as a part of our family.  When a young man with such a passion for his sport comes in ready to get to work it really makes our job easy.  His abilities on the track have proven to be special and we’re extremely proud of all of his accomplishments.  There is no question he has put all his effort into being the best runner he can be by continuing to push his limits in the weight room.  His attention to detail, positive attitude and strong faith in God has given Jack the ability to further his athletic career at Friends University next fall!  We are looking forward to watching him burn up the track and grow as a young man!”

Coach Kujat

Jun 29

Senior Spotlight 2015: Kyle Klomfahs

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Kyle Klomfahs

Klomfahs Senior 2015

 

Height: 6’2″/205lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Iowa Western Community College (Olathe Northwest High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Derek Jeter

Sports Goal: Become as strong, skilled and fast as I can be before heading off to college

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Reaching my first of many goals in signing to play for the top JUCO team in America

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP314 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Deadlift “with heavy weights, exposes me being a beefcake”

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The competitive, team driven conditioning that mimics sports

Advice to Other Athletes: “You don’t have to have talent to work hard.”

“Kyle….or Klomfahs as he is know here brings an attitude that you do not see in a lot of young athletes these days.  His quote above mimics exactly who he is an athlete.  He may not be the most talented athlete but I would bet you would have trouble finding an athlete that works harder.  We are firm believers here that hard work never dies and that athletes should embrace adversity to help them become mentally stronger as the mental will holds much more power than the body.  When Klomfahs started he came to me with multiple goals that he wanted to reach, and I could have not been more proud than when he told me that he had signed to play baseball at Iowa Western next year.  Coach Rardin is getting one hard working young man who will push his teammates to get better daily.”

Coach Hemphill

Jun 26

Senior Spotlight 2015: Brett Ferencz

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Brett Ferencz

 

Ferencz, B Senior 2015

Height: 6’3″/230lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Johnson County Community College (Shawnee Mission Northwest High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Salvador Perez

Sports Goal: 25+” vertical jump, Sub 7.5 60 yard dash, 8′ standing broad jump

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Hitting a grand slam

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP320 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Glute Ham Raise

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The coaches create an atmosphere of family and hard work 

Advice to Other Athletes: “Never stop working hard.  Set a goal and then go achieve it.”

“It has been our pleasure having Brett as a part of our family for almost two years now.  Brett came in wanting to lose a little bit of weight and embraced changing his nutritional approach to achieve that while we continued to push him hard to stay strong and powerful in the weight room.  I believe that change in Brett has made a huge impact on his ability to turn on the inside pitch with power as his flexibility has drastically improved during his time with us.  Brett is going to be a recking force at JCCC next year where I feel he will get a chance to have an immediate impact in the Cavalier’s roster with his bat.  Being so close to our facility we look forward to getting out to see Brett, Jared Robbins and Grant Hoppock all play this coming fall and spring!”

Coach Hemphill

Jun 25

Senior Spotlight 2015: Ben Whetstone

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Ben Whetstone

Whetstone Senior 2015

 

Height: 6’5″/220lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/Missouri State University (Rockhurst High School)

Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Eric Hosmer

Sports Goal: To succeed in college and play professional baseball someday

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Hitting two home runs in a game this year (2015)

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP319 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Back Squat

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3Meeting new people and the results that I have gotten

Advice to Other Athletes: “Out-work everyone”

“Watching the growth and development of Ben over the last two years has been something that I have admired.  Ben went from being a tall, lanky baseball player to a hitter that demands respect when he steps into the batter’s box.  Ben has embraced the aspect of putting in the hours of hard work around his busy practice, game and school schedule.  That development is only a testament to Ben’s devoted, hard work that has lead to him heading to Missouri State this fall to play for Coach Guttin’s Bears.  I am am privileged to be a part of Ben’s journey and I look forward to catching some of his games next spring!”

Coach Hemphill

Jun 24

Senior Spotlight 2015: Connor Kaiser

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Connor Kaiser

Kaiser Senior 2015

Height: 6’4″/190lbs

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

Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball, Football

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Derek Jeter

Sports Goal: To get stronger and stay explosive, work as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Winning the 6A Kansas State baseball tournament in 2013

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP312 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Turkish Get Ups

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The athletes and coaching staff, as well as the positive atmosphere of improving 

Advice to Other Athletes: “Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something”

“It has been such a pleasure having Connor as a part of our program for the past year.  His approach to training is something that is beyond his age, showing his maturity as not only an athlete but also as an individual.  Being a shortshop/pitcher Connor has embraced our philosophy of training baseball players by balancing nutrition and weight lifting to create an athlete that is flexible and explosive.  His weight gain has been attained through proper nutrition and backed by his work in the gym, something that is a model for our younger athletes.  Connor will be heading to Vanderbilt next year to fill the shoes of the number 1 draft pick from this year which is a tough task, but I know that Connor will embrace the challenge and not let it stand in his way from being a contributor to the Commodores team in 2016.”

Coach Hemphill

Jun 23

Senior Spotlight 2015: Nate Reeder

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Nate Reeder

Reeder Senior 2015

 

Height: 5’10″/180lbs

Year in School/School: Freshmen/University of Evansville (Shawnee Mission Northwest High School)

Sports Played: Baseball

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Alex Gordon

Sports Goal: To get faster and more efficient in my running, run a 6.60 60 yard sprint

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Getting to play with my younger brother on Varsity during my senior year

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP313 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Front Squat

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3Conditioning, especially ones that have running in it

Advice to Other Athletes: “Work hard everyday, never give up no matter what when it comes to your dreams.”

“Last summer when Nate started with us he had one thing on his mind, getting his 60 time lowered in preparation for showcases.  He worked tirelessly while in facility and out of facility to reach his goal and I could not have been happier for him when the watch reflected that hard work just a few months into training.  Nate is one of those athletes that you always root for, he’s hard working, humble, and does not take for granted the tools he has been given when it comes to baseball.  It has been such a pleasure to have Nate in our program for the last year, though not one of the vocal leaders, he leads by example on how to carry himself in all kinds of situations.  I am excited for Nate to head off the Evansville this coming fall and I know that we will be hearing his name called in that starting lineup in no time!”

Coach Hemphill

Jun 22

Senior Spotlight 2015: Isabel Kurzban

 

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

 

Senior 2015: Isabel Kurzban

Kurzban Senior 2015

Height: 5’6″

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

Sports Played: Soccer

Favorite All Time Athlete(s): Robin Van Persie or Serena Williams

Sports Goal: To become more powerful and explosive in the air and with my initial steps

Most Memorable Sports Experience: Making it to the 6A Kansas State Finals my freshmen year or playing in the USYS National tournament (made it to the semi-finals) with my club team in the summer of 2014

How Long Have You Been Training at PSP36 months

Favorite Movement/Lift: Squat

Favorite Part of Training at PSP3The freedom athletes get in the weight room is really beneficial.  The availability to do my own program while being coached makes it special.  It will help me be more independent when I hit the weight room at Truman.

Advice to Other Athletes: “When things don’t go your way, pick your head up and try again.  We all have bad days and a bad attitude will not get you very far.  If you really want something go reach out and get it.  The last thing would be never settle for anything but your absolute best.”

“Isabel has graced us with her presence on and off for the past year.  When she is in the gym there is no doubt that she is leading by example on how to work hard.  We love having senior athletes that come in ready to get their sweat on and do everything expected of them.  She attacks her workouts with the same tenacity she shows on the soccer pitch.  There are few things that makes us happier than when someone’s true passion for being fit and healthy along with a strong desire to excel at their sports shines through.  We are extremely proud of Isabel and are looking forward to watching her dominate at Truman State!”

Coach Kujat

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