SoftballTeam, Shortstop, Junior

Desiree Kuczynski is a hardworking, speedy shortstop who is as persistent on the field as she is in the classroom. Last year, she made the Downriver League All-Conference 1st Team, the Heritage Newspapers All News-Herald 1st Team for Division 2, and ended the season with a .383 batting average and a .542 on-base percentage. This year, she has elevated her play to another level. Her coach, John Biedenbach, said “she is an enthusiastic player on the infield; good at her position, and even has taken over the position” that has commonly been filled with good players in the Trenton program. She is flirting with a .500 batting average thanks to her already nearly 40 hits, which would be the first time the feat has accomplished “in a long time,” Biedenbach said. She is also leading the team in stolen bases. He can’t praise her enough, as he said she is “versatile, has a strong arm, is coachable, is a good listener.” But, just as importantly, she is an “all-round student athlete.” Her parents, Tony and Michele Kuczynski, said Desiree has “made a tremendous effort to improve her grades” and that “she has a passion for all the sports she plays and always gives it her all.” She presently has a 3.17 GPA, but earned a 3.5 GPA last trimester, and only hopes to continue to raise her overall mark. She is a member of the Spanish Club and the Interact Club, and also plays for the varsity volleyball team. She hopes that through her efforts in school and on the field she may continue to play sports at the collegiate level, and she has plenty of time to earn that right as a junior. It is no coincidence that no matter who you speak to about Desiree, whether it be her parents or her coach, the word “proud” appears as consistently as her work ethic appears in her play and grades.

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