Ben Klimesh
Cincinnati Reds
Son of Mary Kay (Koshatka) & Lyle Klimesh
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Bill Prochaska
scored 2,124 points during his
4 year varsity basketball career at
Rudolphinum High School in Protivin.
He broke the state scoring  record in
1955 with no fanfare.
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Ben Klimesh
6-4, 220
was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in
the 15th round of the recent  Major
League Baseball Draft.   Klimesh was
the 472nd overall pick.

This past season, Klimesh broke
several school records in leading
Trinity University of San Antonio,
Texas to its third consecutive
appearance in the NCAA Playoffs.  
Klimesh became Trinity's record-holder
in single season and career strikeouts,
as well as single season and career
victories.  Trinity was 37-12

Klimesh was 13-3 with a 1.71 ERA in
17 games this season, recording two
shutouts and nine complete games for
Trinity.  He struck out 154 batters and
walked just 40 for the year, holding the
opposition to a .194 batting average.  
Klimesh was named the SCAC Pitcher
of the Year for the second straight
Ben's Father Lyle from the Class of
1971 was a 3-sport athlete at Turkey
Valley,  He's #30 on the Basketball
photo above and 3rd from the right
standing on the baseball photo below.  
He was a catcher and first baseman at
TV and played on the 1971 team that
placed 2nd in the state.
Trinity U in San Antonio, TX
is one of the top D-3 baseball
programs in the country.  They've past
three years and have sent several
baseball players in recent years on to
professional baseball
Ben's mother Mary Kay (Koshatka)
(putting the tag on above) was a four
year starter in softball and also played
basketball.  She was the Valedictorian
of the Class of 1972.  Mary Kay is 9th
from the left in the basketball photo
Son of Turkey Valley Grads Drafted By Reds

Most young boys who play baseball dream at least for awhile of
playing professional baseball someday.  For a young man with
local ties to the Turkey Valley area that dream became a reality
recently when he received the phone call of a lifetime informing
him he had been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Ben Klimesh of Trinity University in San Antonio Texas was
drafted in the 15th round of the MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

Ben is the son of Mary Kay (Koshatka) and Lyle Klimesh of
Wilmette, Illinois.

Mary Kay grew up in Protivin and is the daughter of Clet and
Alfreda Koshatka.  Mary Kay graduated from Turkey Valley in
1972.  Lyle grew up in Fort Atkinson the son of  Stan & Arlene
Klimesh.  Alfreda still lives in the Protivin area and Arlene in Fort

In the  interview below, Ben talks about the thrill of being
drafted by the Reds and the dedication and love he has for
the sport of baseball.  Ben also talks about his ties to this
area and how the values he received from his parents and
grandparents helped him succeed in baseball.
Ben has a Major League Fastball
clocked as high as 96 mph and during
the course of a game throws between
91-96 with a good breaking ball and
Jerry Winter - TV All-Timer

Winter was a varsity player for 4 seasons
in 3 sports and an all-state baseball
pitcher and one of the best ever in Iowa.
hear an interview as Winter reminisces
about his career at Turkey Valley and
Iowa State University.
Trojans Have Perfect Week

The Turkey Valley baseball team
was 5-0 in week 3 of the season with
a Tournament win, a conference DH
sweep, and a wild win over Waukon

See photos, game write-up
, videos
and i
nterviews with Jordan Schmitt,
Adam Schaufenbuel, Coach Stepan
Ben's Aunt Faye (Klimesh) Carolan
was Homecoming Queen @ Turkey
Valley in 1963 (above) and is married
to Clair Carolan and they live in Fort

His Uncle and Aunt in the
Protivin/Ridgeway area are Don and
Connie Koshatka.  His cousins Hannah
Junior and Freshman this coming
school year.

His Grandmothers are Alfreda
Koshatka of Protivin and Arlene
Klimesh of Fort Atkinson.  His
Grandfathers Stan Klimesh & Clet
Koshatka were businessmen.  Stan
had the Tavern in Fort for years and
Clet was the Clet of Clet Koshatka
Farm Equipment in Protivin which still
is going strong today operated by
Uncle Don.

His sister Allison is 33 and a Doctor in
the Denver, Colorado area and he has
1 nephew and a niece on the way.

His Uncle Ken Koshatka recently
moved back to the area and lives in
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