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Top of Their Game: Local athletes answer kids’ questions


We’re lucky to live in a region that has so many great sports to play throughout the year. For our Central Penn Kids special edition — available now in the Central Penn Parent July magazine — we turned to three local athletes who are among the very best in their field and asked them all about their game.

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Throwing some heat: Erick Fedde

Erick Fedde, a right-handed pitcher for the Harrisburg Senators, is the number two prospect in the Washington Nationals’ organization, according to mlb.com. He’s also the number 52 prospect in all of minor league baseball (approximately 3,000 players). He was born and raised in Las Vegas and went to high school with the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.

CPK: How long have you played baseball?
Erick:
Nineteen years. I enjoyed playing different sports growing up — swimming, peewee football, tennis and soccer. I didn’t start focusing on baseball until high school and I still played soccer too.

CPK: What do you like best about being a Double-A baseball player?
Erick:
I enjoy playing in bigger parks, in front of more people, and having the opportunity to chase the dream of playing in the big leagues.

CPK:How many hours do you practice a day?
Erick:
During the season about three hours each day on the field before the game (we play 140 games in 151 days). I also spend about six hours a week working out in the gym.

CPK: What do you like to do on your off days?
Erick:
I enjoy playing video games and watching soccer. My favorite video games are FIFA and NHL. My favorite soccer team to watch is Chelsea F.C.

CPK: Do you have any superstitions on game days?
Erick:
I have a bracelet in my left pocket when I pitch. My mom gave me a bracelet when I was in Little League, so since then, I’ve always had a bracelet in my pocket when I play.

CPK: If you couldn’t play baseball, what sport would you play?
Erick:
Soccer. That was my second-best sport growing up and [my team and I] even won a state title in high school.

 

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Going for Goal: Trisha Clark

Do you like to play soccer? So does Trisha Clark. The midfielder started every game in all four years that she played for her college team (the Elizabethtown Blue Jays) and has also played for the past four seasons for the Lancaster Inferno, the highest-level women’s soccer team in Pennsylvania.

Central Penn Kids: How long have you played soccer?
Trisha:
I’ve been playing soccer since I was in 1st grade. So 16 years!

CPK: What do you like best about playing for the Lancaster Inferno?
Trisha:
My favorite part of playing with Inferno is my teammates. I feel so lucky to play the sport I love with strong and inspiring women every day.

CPK: How many hours do you practice a day?
Trisha: I work out at least two hours every day and try to get some extra touches on the ball whenever I can on days we don’t have practice.

CPK: What do you like to do on your off days?
Trisha:
I love going to the beach whenever I get the chance. Summer is crazy busy for me, so I’m always looking for a chance to sneak to the beach for a day. I also love trying new work outs. Cycling classes are one of my favorites.

CPK: Do you have any superstitions on game days?
Trisha:
I always have to put my socks, shin guards, and cleats on in the same order. And I always have to touch the ground with each hand and touch both my cleats right before kick-off at the beginning of the game.

CPK: If you couldn’t play soccer, what sport would you play?
Trisha:
Definitely either gymnastics or ice hockey. Those are the two sports that I’m most impressed by.

 

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Fire on Ice: Garrett Mitchell

Since 2011, Garrett Mitchell has been the right wing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. The professional ice hockey team serves as the farm team for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. On April 9 this year, Garrett made his NHL debut playing for the Caps in that team’s regular season finale.

Central Penn Kids: How long have you played ice hockey?
Garrett:
I started ice skating when I was around 3 years old. Shortly after, probably around age 4 or 5, I started playing organized hockey. I’m 25 years old now, so I’ve been playing hockey for around 21 years…or pretty much my whole life!

CPK: What do you like best about being a professional hockey player?
Garrett:
Getting paid to do something that I love to do is pretty awesome. It never really feels like a job and it’s a lot of fun to come to the rink, and get to meet so many cool new people like our great fans.

CPK: How many hours do you practice a day?
Garrett:
We usually practice for over an hour each day. In addition to that, we have workouts in the gym and many team activities that help us get better each day.

CPK: What do you like to do on your off days?
Garrett:
I have two beautiful daughters, so I love spending time with them. In addition, I am a huge golf fan, and enjoy spending time on the course, and also doing outdoor activities like hunting and fishing.

CPK: Do you have any superstitions on game days?
Garrett:
Personally, I don’t do anything too superstitious. I like to follow my routine and schedule on game days and make sure I do things in a similar order.

CPK: If you couldn’t play ice hockey, what sport would you play?
Garrett:
I’d love to be a professional golfer. I love playing golf, but sadly I’m not good enough to be a professional; however it’s still a lot of fun and very challenging.

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