Multiple Teams · Committed to Excellence — Connecting with Abby Pecynski

Today we are going to check in with freshman Abby Pecynski.  Pecynski is a three sport athlete for the Eagles participating on the bowling team and playing basketball in the winter, and playing softball in the spring.   Last winter, Pecynski was a major factor in Kent City’s historic run to the State Championship match in bowling.   The freshman also earned Honorable Mention All-Conference, helping her team win the CSAA Silver championship.   Pecynski also played on the junior varsity basketball team.   This spring, Pecynski was planning on playing junior varsity softball.

1. How have you kept yourself busy?
I’ve been doing a lot of basketball workouts that my team has put together and my dad and I play catch and hit. For bowling I have been doing knee drills and line drills against a couch to work on my form. My mom and I have also been going on bike rides every day. Some other indoor things I have been doing are watching movies and helping my dad build our bathroom downstairs.

2. What do your at home workouts look like?
My home workouts have been doing basketball workouts every day and doing as much I can with softball. I have also been going on runs or biking every day along with ab workouts.
3. What do you miss most about school?  Why? 
I’d probably have to say the thing that I miss most about school is seeing my friends.
4. What book are you reading?   Would you recommend it to a friend?  Why or Why not?   
The most recent book I’ve finished is To Kill a Mockingbird and it was really good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone because It has a really great storyline and it opens your eyes on certain aspects of life that you may have never noticed. The beginning was a little hard to follow along with but it gets better.
5. Who in Kent City has made a positive impact on your life?   What have they done for you?
The person that has made the most positive impact on me from Kent City is my basketball coach Aleah Holcomb because she has held me up to a standards that I never thought I could achieve and she gave me the opportunity to try different things, like being point guard for some plays and putting me on the outside instead of just putting me somewhere I was comfortable. She really believed in me and that made me a better basketball player.

6. What is something you will never forget about the 2019-20 bowling/basketball seasons and what were you looking forward to in softball?  
Some things I will never forget from my basketball season is when we played White Cloud for the second time. I feel like that was the game where it all finally clicked and we weren’t forgetting plays and we all put in our best effort. That was the most exciting game of the season and even though we didn’t start off great we fought as a team and came back to win by three.

For bowling it would have to be the first game of the final 8 during the State Finals and we were matched up against the 1st seed (Quincy). It wasn’t my personal best start, but I really wanted us to go as far as we could just because no one else thought we would make it that far and I knew we deserved to keep going. After we ended up winning, I knew we were going farther and it was an amazing experience. This year I was looking forward to getting the experience of playing high school softball and just getting to play with my team.

We are encouraging all student-athletes to remain active during this time of social distancing due to the coronavirus.   A valuable resources for all Kent City students is our online strength and conditioning program, PLT4M.   PLT4M has created a Remote Fitness workout that can be done at home without any equipment.   Many of our student-athletes are already on PLT4M and simply need to log in.  If you are not on PLT4M, here is a link you can use for more information: PLTM Workouts 5-3 — 5-9.    Other questions can be directed to Coach Gropp at and he will get you up and running — literally.