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Kalynn Batey signs with Coe College

Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Kalynn Batey (center) signs her letter of intent to attend and play basketball at Coe College.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Mt. Pleasant senior and four-year starter Kalynn Batey signed her letter of intent on Wednesday to attend and play basketball at Coe College.

Batey, who has been one of the top players at Mt. Pleasant since her sophomore year, was second on the team in scoring this year with 16 points and led the team with 173 rebounds and 46 steals. She will be joining a Kohawk squad that went 14-12 last season including an 11-5 conference record.

Batey says the academic aspect was a big part of choosing Coe College. Although she says she grew up wanting to be a veterinarian, she has recently found interest in becoming a physician’s assistant, and is planning on majoring in biology.

“It was really only between two colleges, Simpson and Coe,” explained Batey. “I chose Coe pretty much for the familiarity of it, and I’m looking to be physician’s assistant, so the hospital being right there is really convenient. It wasn’t just one specific thing, it just felt more like home.”

Batey signed her letter of intent in front of family, friends and coaches. She played and started for three head coaches at Mt. Pleasant; Dave Hutchcroft, Nicholas Maynard and Curt Watson. Watson says Batey’s work ethic is what has always stood out to him.

“Kalynn is just a great leader and person,” Watson said. “Everything we ever asked of her, she would do. She would always call me up and say, ‘Hey coach, I’m struggling, can I go shoot?’ We’d open the gym for her and she’d shoot 400 times. She’s just a great person. She’s been raised right by her parents.”

Watson specifically recalled one day where Batey’s work ethic stood out the most.

“One day, she called me and we went up to the gym,” Watson explained. “We were shooting free throws at the end, and she goes, ‘Well I’ll just shoot 20.’ She shot and made 18 in a row so she said ‘Ok, can I just keep shooting until I miss?’ I was thinking I’d be done in a few minutes and she made 64 in a row. But that’s just Kalynn, she would work and work and work.”

Batey says that all three of her coaches have helped her grow in her basketball career, saying the main thing she learned was to have a “next play” mentality.

“Since I was a sophomore, I was pretty much one of the leaders of the team, so I have to keep myself in check and be a good role model,” she says. “All of my coaches have helped me with that.”

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