While high school athletics are put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, our sports staff has created a daily installment called “Senior Spotlight,” which aims to honor some of the local senior athletes whose seasons have been interrupted. Here is our question-and-answer spotlight with Magnolia catcher Cole Ketzner:
Question: When did you get interested in sport? Was there somebody that introduced it to you?
Cole Ketzner: I’ve been interested in baseball since I can remember. I was introduced to the sport by my dad.
Q: What is your favorite part of your sport? Your position?
Ketzner: My favorite parts of the sport are the competitive aspect and the lifelong relationships I have made.
Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood with the sport?
Ketzner: That would have to be the many long weekends I’ve spent at the ballparks just playing and having fun.
Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?
Ketzner: Hitting two home runs in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs my junior year.
Q: Which person has had the greatest impact on your athletic career?
Ketzner: The people who have impacted me the most are my parents, Cisco Marentez- Iron Will SPT, Coach Shiflett, my summer ball coaches from HPBA, and my friends.
Q: After a hard day of practice or after a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?
Ketzner: After a long day of baseball I like to enjoy a meal from Chick-fil-A and a sweet tea.
Q: What athlete do you want to meet and why?
Ketzner: If I could meet one athlete it would be either Yadier Molina because he is one of the best defensive catchers to ever play the game or Albert Pujols because I grew up idolizing him as a kid.
Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met and explain what the experience was like?
Ketzner: Never met anyone famous.
Q: What are your plans for after college? Will you continue playing your sport? What do you plan on studying?
Ketzner: After High school I am going to Bossier Parish CC and plan on starting an engineering degree.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?
Ketzner: In 10-15 years I see myself hopefully playing professional baseball.