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Vici Indians pitcher and third baseman Dalten Kuper’s senior fall baseball season went “pretty well,” all things considered.

“Although it wasn’t my best offensive season, it was one of my best seasons on the mound of my high school career,” Kuper said. “We were state qualifiers, after I pitched both winning games in regionals against Hydro and Navajo.”

Kuper’s senior season caps off a baseball career that began at just four years old. He said his success stems from dedication to the sport and a willingness to go above and beyond. 

“It has taken hours upon hours of extra workouts outside of our team practices. Even if I am tired and wore out, I know I still have to go and put in the extra work that not very many others are putting in,” Kuper said. “It has taken extra work, determination, the will to want it for me to be successful in my sport.”

Kuper also credits his mentors – chiefly his mother and his baseball coach – for instilling a drive to succeed and the willingness to work toward his goals.

“My mom has always taught me to never give up on my dreams,” Kuper said. “My baseball coach, Kris Webb, has taught me that the harder you work, the better the payout is in the end. He taught me that those who work the hardest, have the biggest rewards in the end.”

Even with his dedication to his craft, Kuper said he also found time for academic achievement – something he considered a mark of a character athlete.

“What it means to me to be a character athlete is that I’m not only known for playing baseball. Most people don’t know that I am also on the academic team at Vici High School,” Kuper said. “In addition to being on the academic team, I am a member of the National Honor Society, as well as BETA club.”

In fact, Kuper plans to pursue that academic achievement right into a master’s degree.

“I will be attending Oklahoma State University to obtain a master’s degree in Biosystems Engineering,” he said.

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