Andover’s Brooks Allen – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Shelter Insurance, Jodi Ocadiz

By Hayden Swope

Andover’s Brooks Allen has been preparing for his senior season for many months. The second team all-league second baseman is ready to hit the field with his friends for one more season.

“My favorite memory so far in baseball is probably playing baseball with the friends I go to school with,” Allen said. “In the summer a lot of us play with different teams against each other, so when freshman year came and we were all on the same team it was a pretty cool experience.”

During the offseason, Allen spent hours focusing on his weaknesses in the field, working to enhance and better his skills.

“Last season I was not super reliable in the field but in the off season I wanted to gain confidence back in my fielding,” Allen said. “In the offseason that’s what I did and now I feel a lot more reliable on defense.”

With a goal to make it far in the postseason, Allen hopes to bring home some hardware to Andover.

“This season I would love for Andover to be League champions as well as win a Regional Championship and make it to state,” Allen said.

Still deciding on whether baseball will be in his future or not, Allen plans to keep his options open for both athletics and academics.

“I want to study finance and if I do not play baseball in college I will probably either go to the University of Kansas or Fort Hays State University,” Allen said.