Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 23, 2024 at 06:02 AM . Kansas
. For myself and staff, it’s always been our philosophy that it’s not about winning and losing, but developing young men and women on and off the field. If we do things correctly and handle our business with class, the winning takes care of the itself. This year’s team at St. Mary's-Colgan High School is shaping up to be a strong and competitive one. With a focus on the mental aspect of the game and a talented group of returning players, Coach Mike Watt has high hopes for the upcoming season. When it comes to success on the diamond, Coach Watt understands the importance of the mental aspect of the game. He notes that his seniors, who have experience and leadership, understand this and are eager to compete. They also understand the physical and mental processes necessary for the team to be successful. This emphasis on the mental game sets the foundation for the team’s success. The team is led by a group of talented returning players, including Cooper Simmons, Gus Keller, Kysen Bennett, John Potusek, Carston Simmons, and Connor VanBecelaere. These players have received numerous honors and recognitions, making them a formidable force on the field. Simmons, a senior catcher, was named 2-1A Player of the Year and First Team Catcher by Sports in Kansas. He was also named First Team All CNC (League) catcher and Second Team All State 2-1A KABC catcher. In addition to his skills on the diamond, Simmons has also committed to play football at Pittsburg State University. Keller, another senior, was named First Team Pitcher by Sports in Kansas and Second Team All CNC Pitcher. He has committed to play baseball at Emporia State University. Bennett, Potusek, and VanBecelaere were all honored as well, with First Team and Honorable Mention designations. And finally, Carston Simmons, a sophomore, was named Honorable Mention Outfielder by Sports in Kansas. With this group of talented players, the team is sure to have strong leadership and skill on the field. When it comes to the team’s schedule, Coach Watt knows they have a challenging road ahead. In addition to competing in the CNC league, which is known for its quality teams, players, and coaches, the team has added tough non-league opponents such as Ft. Scott and KC Piper.