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Faces in KS: Kobe Channel

Kobe Channel of Wellsville (3A) is having a huge senior season.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
May 8, 2019

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Wellsville senior second baseman Kobe Channel is having quite the senior year of baseball for the Class 3A Eagles out of the Pioneer League.

Channel is hitting .531 this season with four doubles, two triples and seven home runs for the Wellsville High School baseball team and head coach Brian Kindle. He had quite the senior night a few weeks ago as he hit two homers, eight RBIs. 

The Eagles are also a solid contender this season in Class 3A with a 13-3 record. Weather has baseball and softball schedules all over the place but as of their schedule provided by Wellsville to KSHSAA, they still have four remaining regular season games including a double-header with last years 4A-II champ Iola on Thursday (May 9th). Yesterday's game against Prairie View also didn't happen because of weather. 

Channel, who is having one of the best seasons in Class 3A, will look to get the Eagles back to the 3A state tournament as they will have a loaded regional with Jefferson West (13-3) and Silver Lake (12-6). 

Wellsville is hititng a solid .359 as a team. Channel, Tanner Shalkoski and Showalter Jackson are all hitting over .400 this season for the team. Jackson, Shalkoski and Jeff Ebeck have also been solid on the mound and are in the top three in strikeouts and innings pitched on the team. 

We caught up with the oustanding senior second baseman below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.

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Q&A w/ Channel

How did you get involved in baseball?

Growing up my dad got me involved in baseball at a young age and we always spent time together watching baseball and going to different ball parks

What are your goals this season?

My goals this season are to win a state championship and get first team all state as a second basemen

Do you guys have a shot to do big things this year?

Of course, we have seven returning seniors on the team this year and each one of us are excited, dedicated and determined to take this team as far as we can go

What makes you such a force as an athlete?

This year my coach has put me in a good spot in the line up to produce numbers and also the support I receive from my friends and family

What’s the atmosphere like to play sports for your school and town?

As a school we are always pretty competitive in sports and our town does a great job of supporting our teams

For anyone that hasn’t seen you or your team compete, why come and support?

Because this year we have a very talented team and I believe we are pretty fun to watch

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a competitor? My strengths as a competitor are that I am always working and will do whatever it takes for me to put my teammates in a spot to win and my weakness is that I hate to lose

Do you play in the summer as well and what team, how is that?

Yes I’ve played competitive ball for 10 years and I’ve used it as a tool to better myself each year before school ball

Who are other key athletes on your team we need to look for?

Our whole team from top to bottom is great we are a well balanced team

Favorite thing about baseball?

My favorite thing about baseball is the challenge it brings and the friendships you make with your teammates

How cool is the state baseball experience if you’ve been?

A lot of nerves for sure, we made it last year and lost our first game and that left us with the hunger to get back again this year and go even further

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

I played football my freshman and sophomore year but gave it up to give my full attention to baseball

What is it like to compete for your coach?

He is a great coach and he always makes things competitive and fun I’m thankful I’ve had the privilege to be coached by him the last few years

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

A lot of us play competitive ball during the summer

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

Right now I’m keeping my options open I would love to play ball in college

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

My favorite thing to do outside of baseball is hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully still doing the trips with my dad and being involved with a family of my own. I see myself coaching baseball at any level as well.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

My favorite subject in school would be history I have always enjoyed that subject. I think it is cool to look back at how things used to be. I am a hard working student and always put forth my best effort

Who is your role model?

My role model would have to be my mom and dad, they have taught me everything I know about sports and most importantly formed me into who I am today

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

Definitely Smoked Creations best BBQ around

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

That I wear the number 15 for Carlos Beltrán because he was my favorite player when I was young

Anything else to add?

My senior year has been by far my best year I can’t wait to see what my team and I do this year