Nate Kennedy isn’t a big guy, but the Solon middle linebacker manages to get his point across.
The senior led the Spartans with 108 tackles this season, though he’s only 5-foot-6.
“Five-six with my boots on,” he said. “A lot of kids weren’t expecting me to be tough.”
The Solon football team advanced to the UNI-Dome to play Washington in the Class 3A semifinals but lost 14-9 Thursday.
“It definitely sucks to lose, but we had a good season,” Kennedy said. “I played up my sophomore year, and it was a kind of a bummer to not make it (to the UNI-Dome) then and my junior year. It was gratifying for the seniors to make it, and especially for the coaches. They all work so hard.”
Kennedy doesn’t get much of a break, as he starts wrestling practice Thursday.
“I like getting right into it,” he said. “Mentally, I’m ready right now. But our bodies probably need a break.”
Kennedy also runs track, but he’s likely finished with sports after graduation. He hopes to work in electrical maintainence, eventually. Sports is something he’ll miss.
“Especially today (Monday),” he said. “It hit me after school. I didn’t have any practice to go to.”
Nate Kennedy is this week’s Hotshot:
If I could visit any place in the world, it would be: Montana.
My nickname is: Shorty.
My biggest asset to the team is: Toughness.
My superstitions are: I always put my right sock on first.
Best sports experience: Any of the practices this year when I was around the guys. They were all so funny.
In 10 years I want to be: Working electrical maintenance.
Person I most admire is: My dad, Chris. He works so hard and does so much, even when people doubt him.
My team/personal goals for the season are: We want the wrestling team to have the best record ever at Solon, and we want to make it to the state duals.
I can’t imagine going a week without: Mountain Dew.
My favorite —
Pro or college player: Mark Weisman, partly because he wears No. 45 and partly because he’s a truck.
Pro or college team: Iowa Hawkeyes.
Class: Anything math.
Food: Pizza with Canadian bacon.
Movie or TV show: “The Walking Dead.”
Music: Any kind of country.
Actor: Will Ferrell.
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence.
Words to live by: Pain is weakness leaving the body.