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My name is Nick Roscetti and I'm a professional baseball player in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization. Athletics has always been a staple in my family. My mom was a Junior Olympic Gold medalist in trampoline, my dad played football at Western Illinois University, my sister played softball at Quincy University, and my brother will also attend Quincy to play baseball. I immediately fell in love with the game of baseball as soon as I could swing a bat. While I played a plethora of sports all the way until the end of my high school career, I knew baseball was the sport I wanted to pursue. The University of Iowa gave me that opportunity. On the last showcase of my high school career with no big offers on the table, Iowa gave me a shot. While I was blessed to be given a scholarship, my time at Iowa didn't start off how I planned. In my first semester, I hurt my knee and had to have surgery. I was expected to miss 7 months and redshirt my freshman year, but I was determined to play and put in extensive hours at rehab. It paid off. I was ready for season and on our first Big Ten series, I started at shortstop. From there, my first two season were up and down playing almost every position in the field trying to help the team anyway I could. Going into my junior year I knew I was going to be the starting shortstop, this was my opportunity to make a major impact. I wanted my team and school to have faith in my abilities but I had to show them. The beginning of my junior season started off slow, batting sub .200 up until Big Ten play. I continued to believe in the process of doing the right thing and my hard work finally paid off. From there I hit .391 in Big Ten play and earned 3rd team All Big Ten Honors and helped the team make it to our first NCAA Regionals appearance since 1990. My senior year, we made it to the Big Ten Championship game. I earned 1st Team All Big Ten Honors and was a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award for the best shortstop in the nation only committing 5 errors in 249 attempts. With this success, I was honored enough to be selected in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round. Playing in 15 games, I hit .277 before an injury which ended my season. This allowed me to finish my degree in Biology at the University of Iowa and to get ready for the 2017 season. I'm excited to partner with Zoarc to help prepare my body and mind to overcome the challenges I will come across in my pursuit to become a Major League Baseball player. You can follow my journey through http://m.milb.com/milb/player/670465/.
Joel booker: Professional Baseball player IN THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX ORGANIZATION
Being born in England and moving to the states when I was three years old I was in love with soccer. Never in a million years did I think I would ever be a professional baseball player. When I was five, the first sport I played was basketball and I liked it, but then, that spring when I strapped on the cleats and put on the uniform I fell in love with the grass and the dirt. My grandfather and my dad are actually my biggest influences in the game of baseball. My grandfather because he bought me my first glove, even though it was the Velcro one because I couldn't catch, and my dad because when he coached me he pushed me harder than anyone on my team. When I got to high school, I played football, basketball, and baseball, but football and basketball were just for fun. I knew I wanted to play college baseball at the next level. I never thought it would happen because I didn't have a single offer until a week before graduation. Then, I got a call from Brett Monaghan asking if I wanted to play junior college in Iowa. I took it. Without that program I would have never played baseball ever again or had the opportunity to attend the University of Iowa. At Iowa, I had a rough junior year, but turned it around my senior year where I was ABCA/Rawlings first-team, All-Mideast Region honoree, first-team All-Big Ten, which made me Iowa's first outfielder to earn first-team honors since 2009. I was also a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection and semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award. I hit a team-leading .370 with 87 hits, 19 doubles, two triples, and five home runs scored 47 runs and drove in 37 runs and went 23-for-25 on the base paths. The 87 hits are tied for the second-most in a single season in school history and the 19 doubles are tied for third-most all-time. I was tied for the Big Ten lead in hits (87) and ranked in the top 12 in eight categories. I was tied for second in doubles 19, third in steals 23, tied for fourth in total bases 125, tied for fifth in batting average .370, seventh in slugging percentage .532, tied for ninth in runs 47, and 12th in on-base percentage .421. I got drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round. During my first year playing professionally, I spent half of the year in rookie ball in Arizona and the second half in advanced rookie ball for great falls voyagers where I ended up hitting a combined .312 with 51 runs scored, with 81 hits in 260 at bats, with 41 stolen bases in 65 games.
My name is Amy Ihm and I am a Professional Golfer on the LPGA Symetra Tour. I started playing golf at the young age of 5 and started competing on the local tour when I was 10. Golf has been a fun way for my family to connect, as 3 out of 4 children played in college. We credit our love for the game to our father who really introduced us to the sport. Upon being a four sport athlete in high school, I decided to walk on at the University of Iowa after graduating in 2012.
Balancing school and golf took some adjusting my first year, as most student-athletes can attest to. However, by my sophomore and junior year I started qualifying for the traveling team and continued to get better and better. During my senior campaign at Iowa I recorded, seven top 10 finishes in ten tournaments, 2 Big Ten Golfer of the week honors, All-Big Ten honors, and received Iowa’s first all-conference selection since 1998. With these accomplishments along with holding the schools 54, 36, and 18 hole school records, I ultimately decided upon graduation that I would take my game one step further and compete at the professional level.
Since turning professional I have competed in six tournaments plus LPGA Q-SchoolStage I and Stage II. I recorded 4 top tens and earned partial status on the Symetra Tour for the 2017 season. I’m very excited for my first full year as a professional in 2017 and I look forward to working with Zoarc to help my body and mind be at its very best. To follow my journey to the LPGA visit my website at amyihmgolf.com.