• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 31 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 161 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Michael Jontz

Senior, baseball

(What you won't find on Facebook...even if you are approved as a friend)


Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

High School: Valley HS

Why Central?
I transferred in from Grand View my sophomore year. Central felt like home to me when I was on campus, and there was a certain comfort level for me. Baseball was the other major deciding factor. I was able to continue pitching and playing in the field.

Your favorite professor and why
Mr. Andrew Campbell, because he makes everyone in the class so upset with how hard his tests are and how hard he grades projects. Secretly I’m his favorite though, so I get good grades.

Dream job
Still trying to figure that one out. If I could work with a professional sports team on some level I think I’d be pretty happy.

Favorite Central memory
Junior year spring break, we played down in Fort Myers. Our hotel was very sketch, down the hall there were immigrants running a tattoo parlor out of their room. They turned out to be nice guys. Oh, we also found cockroaches in our bathroom. The whole set up was kind of a disaster, but looking back at it I laugh.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
My grandpa Jontz! I miss him a lot. I know he would have been proud of me for choosing to play baseball in college, and just hearing his support/words of wisdom one last time would mean a lot.

The baseball team’s best Lemming Race costume
I think it’s pretty hard to beat the Ken and Barbie idea my junior year. Upper classmen went as the ‘Ken’s’ and underclassmen went as ‘Barbie’s’. The underclassmen went all out, putting make up on, stuffing their bras, and wearing some controversial outfits- it was perfect!

Why you love Central baseball
My teammates. Every guy on this team is a great person, and I’ve been lucky to play on the same field with them.

Outfield or pitcher – which one is better? 
Both have their perks. There’s no greater feeling than striking someone out, but when you play in the field you get to start every game. I’m pretty fortunate to experience both here.

The thing most people don’t know about Coach Adam Stevens
After winning conference I think Coach Stevens was pretty excited. He was carrying our trophy through Coral Ridge Mall, where we were eating. He later said he was afraid of someone breaking into the bus and stealing it.

Pre-game ritual or habit
It’s all about superstitions. Last year I had the most success when I rented a Redbox movie the night before our games...Redbox didn’t update their movies for a couple weeks either, so I was watching some pretty bad movies. This year it’s movies from Netflix. I’m starting to run out of options on there, too.

Favorite sports movie
Major League or Bull Durham, they have it all - humor, baseball, and a little drama.

All-time favorite baseball player
Derek Jeter. I grew up watching him, and I love how he plays the game.

The game you’ll never forget playing in
The game we clinched the conference title last year, we were in a 64-year drought. It was freezing cold, at Cornell no less. After the last out all the players sprinted to the mound and dog piled our pitcher. It’s something you never forget.

Teammate who would be mostly likely to win on “Dancing with the Stars”
Obviously me. I’ve been featured on the CCDT (Central College Dance Team) two years in a row, and from the videos I’ve seen, I can shake it pretty well!! 

The secret to success on the base paths
Being fast helps. Being smart is more important. Picking good counts to run on, knowing where the ball is, and running with your head up are things everyone can do to be great on the bases.

Word or phrase you use too much
Baseball setting: “Hey, here we go!”
Non-baseball setting: “That’s what she said!” (Apparently I’m stuck in high school still)

Best April Fools’ Day prank
One of my friends in high school had a huge crush on this girl. I knew the girl, and found out that she liked him a lot, too. I hooked them up and they started hanging out a lot. He decided asking her out on April Fools’ Day would be a good idea. To both of our surprise she said, “No.” My friend was devastated. They didn’t talk after that. Later we found out from one of her friends that she thought it was an April Fools' Day gag.

Bucket list
1. Go to a game in every MLB stadium
2. Learn how to sail
3. Become best friends with Tom Brady (Anyone who knows me, should’ve guessed that)


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