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May 21, 2010 > This week the spotlight shines on Christopher Flexen.

This week the spotlight shines on Christopher Flexen.

This Newark Memorial sophomore is all about baseball. Now 15, Flexen has been playing the sport since he found T-ball at age four. After trying a few different infield positions, the mound is where Christopher feels most at home. He began pitching when he was 8 and soon after began private lessons to study the art.

Honing his pitching skills is what he's dialed on; and the ability to pitch at a varsity level since his freshman year shows what dedication has done for this young man. Also a football quarterback, he began throwing the pigskin and moved up to the varsity level earlier this year.

His accomplishments are plenty; and Christopher is proud to name a few as he was recently chosen to play in the Bay Area World Series for the Alameda Co. team. He will be pitching for them on June 12-14 at Santa Clara University. He was also selected as a future prospect in 2010 and placed on the collegiate baseball list.

Keeping in shape is pretty basic for Christopher and he likes to keep it simple. Running back and forth between foul poles on the baseball field and also riding a stationary bike several times a week seems to be an adequate mix with his regular seasonal practice sessions.

Knowing that a good education will take him to the next level, Christopher studies hard at Newark Memorial with science, chemistry and world history as his favorite subjects. When he graduates high school, Arizona State (ASU) will probably be his next stop. If he has it his way he'll be studying towards a degree in criminology but his priority will remain in baseball. Flex hopes for a spot on the roster to pitch in Major League Baseball with a career in law enforcement as a backup plan.

When he finds a little time to relax, Flex likes to watch baseball with his mom and dad, preferably on the MLB extra innings channel. Then there's maybe some time left for hanging out with his pals, watching a movie or playing Madden 2010 on his Xbox.

When the dinner bell rings, Christopher's favorite dish is his dad's specialty: grilled chicken over rice. And if there's room for dessert, Christopher will make a trip to BJ's Brewhouse for a Chocolate Chunk Pizookie.

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