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Krepps shines in classroom, on mound for Dogs

Stephen Krepps is having the kind of baseball season that most pitchers just dream about this early into the season.

The senior right-handed pitcher for the Thomson High School Bulldogs had recorded three wins on the mound as of Monday. His performances have helped the Bulldogs get off to a 4-0 start.

The son of Richard and Carol Krepps, of Thomson, Stephen Krepps also is displaying strong academic skills in the classroom, now in the process of taking his fourth, fifth and sixth college courses at the school. He is passing all of his subjects with an A average. For his outstanding achievement in the classroom, he recently learned that he made the Dean's List at Augusta State University.

In the first semester, Krepps took Algebra, English 1101 and Sociology. Now in the second semester, he is taking such college courses as Pre-Calculus, Psychology and English 1102.

"I'm as proud of my work in the classroom as I am what I've done on the baseball field so far," said Krepps, who has aspirations of attending Rhodes College in Memphis, TN., after graduating from Thomson High School. He plans on becoming a bio-medical engineer.

Already, Krepps has been accepted at both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to go to Rhodes College, even though it's just a Division III school, because of the great academics offered there," said Krepps.

As his life is seemingly set for the future, he hopes the same thing is true of his final season of baseball at Thomson High School.

"I've been pleased with how I've performed so far," said Krepps. "I just hope I can continue to improve with each game. I really want us to do well this season, because this is my senior year."

This is Krepps' second year at the school since transferring from Hephzibah High School, where he played for the Rebels. As a freshman, he played for Thomson High Assistant Coach Jason Osborn. He also played there his sophomore year before making the switch just a year after Coach Osborn came to Thomson.

In his first year at Thomson High School last season, Krepps went 7-4, as the Bulldogs missed out making it into the Class AAA state playoffs.

He's hoping he and the Bulldogs can have a much better season this year.

So far, Krepps is having a superb season on the mound. He has victories over Jefferson County, Washington-Wilkes and Lakeside. In those games, he has given up a total of only five hits.

Krepps believes he has matured a lot since his junior year.

"I realize that strategy also plays a big role in pitching," said Krepps. "I'm learning the importance of keeping batters guessing what kind of pitch I'm going to throw next."

He believes the Bulldogs have an "excellent" chance of winning the sub-region crown, as well as the region title and advancing far into the state playoffs this season.

"We have a pretty good team and we work hard and get better, I really believe we can accomplish those goals," said Krepps.

Two of Krepps' best pitches are his curve ball and fast ball.

"I'm working on developing a change-up pitch," said Krepps.

Thomson High Head Coach Terry Holder has nothing but praise for his ace pitcher.

"We've really been riding Stephen's arm this season," remarked Coach Holder. "He has really matured a lot. He's becoming a fine pitcher. He continues to get better - there's no doubt about it and that's what we've got to have from him and the rest of the players on the team."

Coach Holder has such faith in Krepps that he believes with him on the mound at any given time that the Bulldogs have an opportunity to win the game.

"Stephen is an outstanding kid with a lot of character," Coach Holder said. "He's an excellent student, as well as a good ball player. He's the kind of kid that every parent would be proud to say was their son."

Web posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008

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