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Rosemount catcher Anthony Winters enjoying final season

05/21/2013, 5:33pm CDT
By Star Tribune

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Rosemount senior catcher Anthony Winters is a captain on the school’s baseball team.

He has been instrumental in helping the Irish to their best finish in the South Suburban Conference in three years.

Here is a closer look at Winters:

The best movie I’ve seen in the last year? “42.”

Three words or phrases my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Kind; caring; leader.

Three songs I never skip on my iPod are ... “Springsteen” by Eric Church; “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons; “What You Know” by T.I.

What are your three favorite apps? Twitter; SportsCenter; Candy Crush.

Who do you like to follow the most on Twitter, and why? [Phoenix Coyotes forward] Paul Bissonette because he’s your typical grinder in the NHL and doesn’t mind chirping with fellow fans.

How did you get started in baseball? My dad was a big baseball and hockey guy. He introduced my brothers and myself to the sports, and we all grew to enjoy them.

At my first varsity practice, I felt ... pretty nervous, excited and scared. Playing with all the upperclassmen was quite the scare until you got to know the guys.

What were your goals prior to the start of the baseball season? To keep good grades, improve on my weaknesses and prepare for college ball.

What is your favorite meal prior to a game? Subway.

What did you work on most prior to the start of the season? Arm strength, improving my pop time and driving the ball to the opposite side of the field.

To get focused for a game, I ... put in my headphones and think about possible plays and outcomes.

What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete? Getting the chance to represent my school and community by playing the sport that I enjoy most.

Who is your school’s biggest rival, and why? Eastview. They have been big rivals of ours for years. These games usually bring the most fan attraction and the excitement in the environment is entertaining.

How do you balance school and sports during the year? I usually do homework and study for tests or quizzes the night before games, so I can just focus on sports for that certain day.

If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be? Extend the length of the season along with its games.

Who is your favorite college or pro sports team and why? The Minnesota Twins because they’re a hometown team, and I’m fortunate enough to see a couple of their games throughout the year.

In 10 years, I hope I’m ... successful in something I enjoy and love to do.

What is the best sports advice you ever received? The game of baseball has to do with failure. How you deal with that failure will determine the outcome of your performance.

RON HAGGSTROM

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