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October 22, 2008

October Student of the Month strives to do well on the field and in the classroom


Andy PetzFinding a balance between baseball and schoolwork is something that Cowley College sophomore Andy Petz seems to have mastered as he has enjoyed success on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. He was recently recognized for his outstanding work by being named the school’s October Student of the Month.

Petz has never had anything other than an “A” in school as he was the class valedictorian at Lawrence Free State High School and was the recipient of the Lawrence Journal World Athlete of the Month award as well as being named a Lawrence Journal World Academic All-Star. At Cowley, he has posted a 4.0 grade point average.

He also shined as a standout baseball player at Lawrence Free State as he helped lead the school to a state title as a junior. He came to Cowley on a baseball scholarship and helped the Tigers capture the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title as a freshman.

Now in his second year at the school, Petz is glad he made the decision to come to Cowley.

“The reputation of the baseball program and how important athletics are at Cowley made me want to be a part of that,” Petz said. “It has been great to learn from some of the best coaches around. I get to play with some high caliber players that are good people as well.”

Along with playing baseball at Cowley, the pre-engineering major is also a resident assistant in the Storbeck Dormitory and serves as a Cowley tutor. Working as a tutor has been a worthwhile experience for Petz.

“I see why teachers do what they do, it’s really gratifying to help people,” Petz said.

He is the son of Tom and Susan Petz. Grandparents are Ray and Bernice Petz and Lola Ide and the late Conrad Ide. He has a younger brother, Adam 16.

Petz was humbled to learn he was named the October Student of the Month.

“It means a lot,” Petz said. “To have the faculty choose me is a huge honor. I really appreciate the recognition of my hard work.”

After splitting time at first base and behind the plate as a freshman on the Tiger baseball team, Petz will be used primarily as a first basemen in the spring. Last season, Petz batted .271 with eight doubles and 31 runs batted in.

“I can’t wait to get started in the spring and work towards going to the World Series in Grand Junction (Colorado),” Petz said.

After Cowley, he hopes to find a school with a good engineering program where he can continue playing baseball.

“Without the support of my parents and coaches growing up I probably would not have the opportunity I have now,” Petz said.

In his free time he enjoys fishing and spending time with friends. He hopes to one day fulfill his love of baseball by playing in the major leagues.

“My dream would be to get drafted and play the sport I love for money,” Petz said. “Whenever baseball ends I will have my engineering background to fall back on.”