Huskies Homecoming spotlight: Patty Baskins
News flash: A Baskins plays for Battle Mountain soccer. Pattys the latest the slew of Baskins to play in the spring are his cousins and it couldnt come a moment too soon. Not only is he psyched to be on the varsity team you should have seen him after he notched a goal against Palisade but hes also vital when it comes to bridging the gaps among the teams players, a element conspicuously missing last year. While the official Homecoming soccer game is Saturday at 6 p.m. against Moffat at Phelan Field, you can also check out Baskins and the Huskies Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a moderately-important game against Steamboat Springs. Date of birth: April 24, 1991Parents: Michael Baskins and Teri MadiganSiblings: Casey, 21, and Kelley, 23.Position: Midfield Its fun as long as youre not too tired.Whats the tradition like with soccer? Winning the league championship, not always with ease, but the challenge of winning the league. Thats one of our goals every year, and also trying to make it to the second or third round of the playoffs.Is it a motivation? It is. Our JV teams have always done really well against league teams, so its almost expected that we keep the tradition up of playing a high level of soccer.What was it like to make varsity? It was good. I was just glad to play in my first varsity game and now I started my first varsity game (last week) against Palisade. Its great to be a part of this team, and hopefully, we can continue the tradition of winning the league while Im a senior at least.Whats the team like? Its a good strong team from all aspects. We dont have anything missing. Like (Coach David) Cope said, We are the most diverse team at Battle Mountain. Thats a cool thing to be a part of.Whats the teamwork like? We need to play feet a little more. Everyone tries to get the through balls to Jair (Molina)and Davey (DeChant), but we have good centers in Marco (Ordono) and David (Gonzales) and Jack (Sunderland). If we can just work the ball up the field with the pass, well have a lot more success.How do you learn from a loss? You learn that the actions of the game before can carry over to the next game. You need to make sure you keep a cool head and dont lose it over something. Also, you have to never give up and try your hardest.Whats the stretch run going to be like? Its going to be a lot like my good friend Gus (Everly)s chase because they tied their first game of the season (against Summit) and lost to Steamboat, and they still persevered and came back and won the league. It would be pretty cool to follow along those same lines. Even though were down, were not out.Best moment in soccer: When Jair got the equalizing goal against Eagle Valley.Most embarrassing moment: When I had to purposely miss the penalty kick against Palisade. (Battle Mountain was leading by a a bunch at the time, and Cope called off the dogs.)Funny guys on the team: Widow-maker (Tyler Madison), Jack Sunderland, David Gonzalez and Kalen Burnett.Whats Homecoming going to be like? Ive never played under the lights at Battle Mountain, so its going to be pretty cool. Hopefully well get a big crowd.College plans: Metro StateCareer plans: Some combination of skiing and business.Sports you watch: Baseball, basketball and soccerFavorite teams: Rockies, Nuggets and Detroit TigersFavorite athletes: Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris PaulFavorite TV show: ESPNs And OneFavorite movies: Super Trooper and Half BakedFavorite movie star: Dave ChapelleFavorite music: Rap and reggaeFavorite video game: The original Super Mario BrothersFavorite Web site: Newschoolers.com My Space for skiersHobbies: Skiing, basketball and longboarding.If its a powder day, where do you go? Prima Cornice and then probably Pumphouse and the front-side chutes.Favorite food: Warm food, all of it.Favorite pizza slice: Pepperoni, sausage, artichoke hearts, olives and Franks Red Hot SauceFavorite color: OrangeIf you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? A tall tree.If you were ruler of the world for one day, what would you do? Close Vail Mountain on a powder day.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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