The Next Level: Kaufmann, Cotman, Waldrop

CONNOR KAUFMANN, Pitcher
L. C. Bird High School
Junior at Cornell University
Former Bird standout Connor Kaufmann has evolved into the Cornell Big Red’s staff ace. As a sophomore, Kaufmann was featured by the Village News last year after his no-hitter on April 1, 2012 against Dartmouth. After sporting a 4.6 GPA in high school, Kaufmann has now established himself as both an athlete and student at the Ivy League level. The engineering student has started one game this season as of press time, striking out six over six innings to earn a no-decision.

PARI COTMAN, Track & Field
Meadowbrook High School
Freshman at St. Francis University (PA)
Former MBK track standout Paris Cotman had quite a freshman season in Indoor Track for the St. Francis Red Flash. Cotman won a Northeast conference championship with a time of 57.1 on Feburary 10, and then just a month later, beat her own time a the IC4A/ECAC Championships with a time of 56.72. Cotman earned the Northeast Conference’s Track Athlete of the Week for the week as well as the Rookie of the Week for the week of December 5th. Cotman also finished second in the 200m dash at the Northeast Conference Championships.

LACEY WALDROP, Pitcher
Thomas Dale High School
Sophomore at Florida State
Last year, the Village News covered Waldrop’s no-hitter for the Florida State Seminoles. This season, Waldrop pitched another no-hitter against Troy on March 3, the second of her career as just a sophomore. As of press time, Waldrop is 5-3 with a 1.74 ERA. The former Knight set a career high in strikeouts on February 20 against Central Florida with 11, and continues to strike out more than a batter per inning. Though currently unranked, the Seminoles are among the top teams in the nation, receiving votes for the top 25 weekly. The in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in California, Waldrop held two top programs in No.19 Washington and Nebraska to a meager .222 batting average.

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