Floyd Central senior Colton Kimm plays the ‘hot corner’ for a team on the hot seat. Kimm, an All-HHC third baseman who hit .392 as FC went 25-5 in 2014, and the Highlanders start the baseball campaign ranked No. 1 in the Class 4-A preseason poll. Kimm is a three-sport athlete (quarterback in football, guard in basketball) who hopes to finally lead Floyd Central to a sectional title.
Courier-Journal: How have you managed to play three varsity sports?
Colton Kimm: I have a good supporting cast with my family and friends. My parents are always there for me and they help me balance out things. It’s taught me time management, which is a good skill later on in life. You try balance school, sports and your own time.
C-J: Three-sport athletes are becoming rare. Many athletes now are forced to specialize and choose a single sport. Did it help you to compete in all three?
Kimm: Doing multiple sports benefits you in other sports as well. Playing basketball helps with your footwork for football and baseball. I don’t think people need to choose one sport in high school if they’re capable of playing two or three.
C-J: Floyd Central is ranked No. 1 in Class 4-A in the preseason baseball poll. How do you approach that?
Kimm: It’s a pretty cool honor. It’s good to know the baseball program is well known throughout the state. But being ranked No. 1 means we’ll have a target on our back the whole year … Our ultimate goal is to win the sectional and advance as far as we can in the state tournament.
C-J: The Hoosier Hills Conference and the sectional are loaded with tough teams. How do you get through that with such good competition almost every night?
Kimm: Jeffersonville, New Albany and Columbus East are definitely talented teams. We feel like we have a deep pitching staff that can beat anybody we play. Hopefully we can play our game and come out on top.
C-J: As a third baseman playing the “hot corner” in baseball, what is the toughest part of that position?
Kimm: It’s tough playing third, because there are missiles right at you, or you have to come in and get the slow rollers. I just try my best to make the play.
C-J: What do you enjoy about baseball?
Kimm: I’ve enjoyed it since I was a little kid, when my dad would take me in the back yard and throw. I’ve had a love for the game since I was young. It’s always fun with all the team camaraderie in all three sports, having that ultimate goal of winning.
C-J: What makes you tick?
Kimm: My parents are my role models, and I definitely want to make them proud, do my best to be a good person around the community and act like I was raised. I just have the goal of winning. It’s not fun coming off the court or field after a loss. I just want to play hard for the teammates around me.
C-J: What have you learned from playing high school sports?
Kimm: It’s definitely taught me hard work. It takes a lot of work to become the best you can at all three sports.
C-J: What made you decide on Franklin College for football?
Kimm: I really like the coaching staff. They’ve had a successful program, and I really like their offensive scheme. And it’s very good academically. It’s a good fit.
C-J: Floyd Central has never won a sectional in any sport during your career. Since this season is your last chance, do you feel pressure to end that skid?
Kimm: I don’t know if there’s pressure, but we definitely want to bring back a sectional. It’s been a while (2009 in football, 1989 in basketball, 2004 in baseball). It would be a great thing for the community.