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News10NBC Scholar-Athlete of the Week: Cooper Crunick

May 07, 2019 07:09 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Sectional tournaments start next week for many high school sports and there's one team in particular with a strong history of success that enters the tournament with a leader in every sense of the word.

It's a skill Cooper Crunick hopes leads the Braves to another Sectional title.

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Looking for the school's 4th straight Sectional title, Crunick takes the mound for Canandaigua with a goal in mind.

"I think one of the big things is location, anyone can get up there and throw a ball past the batter if they can throw hard enough, but you have to locate," said Crunick.

The senior pitcher has Canandaigua primed for another great year, but his baseball career won't end here. Next year, Crunick will pitch for Binghamton. 

"I wanted to be close enough to home so my parents could come watch, great facilities, the coaching staff was amazing. From the start all of the coaches made me feel welcome there."

The National Honor Society member is still undecided on a major for college, but he's active in the community. 

This year Crunick and his baseball teammates took part in a polar plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics.

"It's really good for the community to have the baseball team not just be the baseball team and have selfish players play for themselves."

Congratulations Cooper Crunick, the News10NBC Scholar-Athlete of the Week!

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Rich Donnelly

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