Each week, Lone Star Varsity features a question-and-answer session with an area athlete. For more on this and other area teams, visit www.lonestarvarsity.com.

This week’s subject is Lubbock-Cooper's Connor Denham. The senior right handed pitcher signed to Texas Tech early November and adds depth to a Pirate pitching staff that features three Division I signees.

Cooper faces Frenship at 5 p.m. Monday on the road.

Heading into the season, what goals has the team set?

"We just want to get the wins and make it past the first round of playoffs."

What is the team's biggest strength, so far?

"One of our biggest strengths right now is probably our pitching. We also have an offense that will com. But right now it's our pitching with three Division I commits and three other good pitchers. I think we will be good on defense and offensive-wise."

What was the recruiting process like and what made you decide to become a Red Raider?

"The recruiting process is pretty hard, honestly. I had a couple more choices, and it came to Tech because that is my hometown. I can have my family and friends come down and watch, and I have always been a Red Raider my whole life."

How does playing on a travel team in the summer help with the recruiting process?

"It helps out. In the summer, you play for a summer team and there's a bunch of recruits there. There are a bunch of college recruits and MLB scouts. It definitely helps, especially traveling around to different places where there are more scouts just helps the recruiting process."

What got you started playing baseball?

"None of my family (members) are baseball players, mostly tennis. And I just started (early) and they saw ever since I was a baby (that) I could throw the ball and stuff."

What do you do when you are not playing baseball?

"I hang out with friends. Play Fortnite. That is mostly what I do when I'm not playing baseball and practicing."

With your dad, David Denham, being a tennis coach, do you ever go pick up a racket and play?

"I haven't in a while, but sometimes I will. Probably, every six months I'll go out there and mess around. And I still have it."


-- Bryan Navarette A-J Media