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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 11 months ago

Sport Spotlight – Conner Bent

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Get to know Ocoee High baseball player Conner Bent
by: Chris Martucci Sports Editor

Conner Bent is a rising sophomore for the Ocoee High School baseball team. This past season, Bent hit .340 for the Knights and led them in RBIs with nine. He won the Florida Team Hustle Award at an MVP showcase baseball camp recently for showing determination in spite of a nagging knee injury that plagued him the whole time. 

 

How did you get into baseball? 

My dad put me into it when I was 3 years old, and I’ve loved it ever since. It was the first sport that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been loving it ever since. 

 

What do you love most about baseball? 

I love competing, I love the adrenaline rush you get when you play, I love hitting a baseball — it’s one of the best feelings in the world to me. It just feels right when I’m out there. 

 

What’s great about playing for Ocoee? 

The underdog mentality at Ocoee. We’re overlooked a lot, and I love being an underdog. We shock a lot of people, and that’s a lot of fun. 

Favorite baseball team? 

Tampa Bay Rays. 

 

Favorite player? 

Wander Franco. 

 

Favorite food? 

My mom’s curry chicken and oxtail.

 

What are some of your goals for this upcoming season? 

Stay consistent at the plate, work on defense by tightening up everything and to win with this team. We have a young team here, and I think we can do a lot of good things. 

 

What are some of your hobbies? 

I love working out, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. I also love playing baseball. 

 

Favorite movie? 

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

 

Favorite TV show? 

“Friends”

 

Chocolate or vanilla? 

Vanilla. I never grew up loving chocolate, and vanilla just tasted better to me. 

 

Does that play into your personality? 

Not really. It’s just something I like. 

 

What’s an interesting thing about you that no one else would expect? 

I love roller coasters. I love the adrenaline rush and dare devil things. Roller coasters are some of my favorite things to do. 

 

What’s your favorite roller coaster at Universal Studios? 

Hollywood Rip Ride Rock It.

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Chris Martucci is the sports editor for the West Orange Times & Observer,  Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism, as well as a bachelor's degree in...

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