Hunter Rigsby of Rockcastle County announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky baseball team today. Rigsby is a pitcher and 1st baseman from the class of 2018 that plays for the Rockcastle County Rockets and the Cincinnati Flames. He is a well-known...read more
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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
This week’s male athlete of the week is Cooper French of Louisville, Kentucky. Cooper is a prospect from the class of 2020 who plays for Trinity High School and the Vipers 16U Travel Team. Cooper primarily is a Pitcher and 3rd Baseman. Cooper had an excellent season for Trinity this past year. During the year he combined for 5 wins with 0 losses on the mound, recorded 22 strike outs, had a 2.19 ERA, pitched 23 innings, 67% of his pitches on the mound resulted in strikes, and as a batter he recorded a batting average of .357. Cooper has shown to have great control on the mound and continues to work hard to improve on his results daily. Currently Cooper has around a 78 MPH Fastball, a 66 MPH Curve Ball, a Change Up of 66-68 MPH, an Exit Velocity of 85, and in the past has finished top 4 in an event full of 104 Pitchers in the Golden Arm Competition at Cooperstown Dream Park.
Cooper not only continues to thrive on the field, but he does off the field as well. Cooper currently has a 3.6 GPA, enjoys taking history classes, is involved in different clubs within his school, volunteers for the Love City Baseball Camp, and currently has his eyes set on one day continuing his education to become a teacher and baseball coach. Cooper has a love for the game that is second to none, which results in him always bringing a winning attitude to the team as well as being a hard worker who has a great knowledge of the game. Cooper prides himself on having a good attitude on and off the field, brings maximum effort on every play, portrays positive body language on the field, and is the type of teammate others love to have on their team. Cooper is successful today because of the help and support from his family and all of his coaches he has had throughout his career. The ultimate goal for Cooper is to continue to work hard on every aspect of his game which will give him a great chance to play and continue his studies at the next level collegiality.
This week’s female athlete of the week is Gracie Clements who is a softball player from Winchester, Kentucky and is part of the 2022 class. Gracie currently plays for Robert D. Campbell Junior High and the Legacy Fast Pitch (Travel Ball) where she is a utility player. To this point Gracie has had a great start to her travel ball season, she has a batting average of .333, an on base percentage of .467, and a slugging percentage of .333. Gracie’s coach describes her as a hardworking player who is committed to improving every aspect of her game. She is always very coachable and an extremely team oriented player that is very intelligent on and off the field.
Not only is Gracie a great athlete, but she is a terrific student and ambassador for her school as well. Gracie currently has a 3.8 GPA, enjoys taking Language Arts and Social Studies courses, is involved in Honors Orchestra at school, was the First Chair Violin this past year, and was a Duke Tip Academy Qualifier. Gracie ultimately has aspirations of going to college one day and studying to become a veterinarian because of her love for animals. Others view Gracie as a very goal oriented individual that has a strong work ethic on the field and in the classroom. There is no doubt that Gracie has a bright future ahead of her. She plans to continue to work hard on the playing field and in the classroom. With a strong work ethic and dedication her high school coach believes she will be able to develop into a strong skilled utility player with the ability to hit to all parts of the field for average and power in the future.