Meagan Nelson stands in front of Glenville-Emmons’ dugout. Nelson earned the Golden Glove Award last season. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Meagan Nelson stands in front of Glenville-Emmons’ dugout. Nelson earned the Golden Glove Award last season. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Meet the Athlete: Meagan Nelsen

Published 10:04am Thursday, May 9, 2013

Glenville-Emmons senior first baseman is 3-sport athlete

Q: What year are you in school?

A: Senior.

Q: What school do you attend?

A: Glenville-Emmons

Q: Who is your immediate family?

A: My dad and mom are Kevin and Misty Nelsen, and I have three siblings: Madison, 14, Kaylee, 10, and Kole, 8.

Q: What sports are you involved in?

A: Volleyball, basketball and softball.

Q: What position do you play in softball?

A: First base. When I started, I was a catcher, but then I got taller than everyone else, so I moved to first, because I could stretch further to get the crazy throws.

Q: What is your
favorite part of playing softball?

A: It’s a fun sport. It’s more laid back, and I like that. In softball, you’ve got to work together.

Q: What number are you?

A: No. 8.

Q: How did you get started in baseball?

A: In elementary school, I saw the older girls playing. I went out for it, and I liked it.

Q: What sports did your family members play?

A: My mom played slow-pitch softball when I was younger, so she wanted me to play, but my dad was in track. They wanted me to participate, so they encouraged me to do whatever I could.

Q: What are your sports related achievements? 

A:  Last year, I got the Golden Glove Award for fewest fielding errors.

Q: What are your sports related goals? 

A: Have a better season than last year. This year I think we’ve gotten a lot closer as a team, so we can work together better. Our fielding is improved and we’ve had less errors.

Q: What are your college plans?

A: I am attending Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. I’m undeclared right now, but I’ll probably major in something in business.

Q: Who is your favorite professional baseball player? Why? 

A: Joe Mauer. He’s really good and really hot.

Q: What is your favorite school subject? 

A: Math-related things. I took accounting, and that was fun.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher? 

A: Jan Belshan.

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: I like to hang out with friends and family, and I like to read. I play sports, and I’m in National Honor Society, Youth Advisory Committee, I’m a class officer — the secretary, and I’m student council vice-president.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: Something easy that pays well.

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: I like “Teen Mom,” “16 and Pregnant,” and I like watching the Twins and the Wild play.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: My mom’s spaghetti.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I have a 4.0 grade-point average, and I hate snakes.