Cascade Christian graduate embraces role as leader

BEYOND THE ATHLETE: Cornell pitcher Kyle Stennes looking forward to junior season

of the HeraldJanuary 8, 2014 


Cornell College right-handed pitcher Kyle Stennes is used to being in the spotlight.

Stennes, who graduated from Cascade Christian School in 2011, is looking forward to his junior year this spring. He went 4-3 as a starter last year.

Stennes will be the Rams’ ace in 2014. Cornell is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Midwest Conference.

“We have a really young team,” Stennes said. “I’m one of only seven upperclassmen. This year, I’ve been taking on more of a leadership role. I have been making sure our team is doing as much as we can in our workouts to be ready for this season. We’ve been working really hard.”

Stennes is familiar with leading a team. He was the starting quarterback for Cascade Christian when the Cougars won the Class 1A state championship in 2010. He also plays football at Cornell College.

“Coming out of high school, football was my No. 1 sport,” Stennes said. “Growing up, I always loved baseball and wanted to go as far as I could with it. It’s been awesome to able to continue playing both sports in college.”

The Herald recently asked Stennes a few questions about his life away from the diamond.

The Herald: What is your favorite hobby away from the baseball field?

Kyle Stennes: I have been really getting into pheasant hunting. I just like being in the outdoors in general.

TH: What was the last movie you saw in a theater?

KS: “The Hunger Games II.” It was probably even better than the first one.

TH: What is your biggest pet peeve?

KS: Seeing people who are talented but who are not very appreciative of the opportunity they have.

TH: Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl?

KS: The Seattle Seahawks. They have so much talent, not only in their first-string players but in their backups. We have one of the best possible teams you can have.

TH: Where do you see yourself in five years?

KS: Hopefully I’m working in real estate by then.

TH: What was the last book you read?

KS: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s book called “Win Forever.” It was a really good book. He is a pretty cool guy. I like the way he approaches his profession.

TH: What artists are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?

KS: Music by country singers Eric Church and Jay Dylan.

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