ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON STEVE KOSTICHKA '83 ALGOMA
6/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
By Paul Schmitt
Algoma ’83 graduate Steve Kostichka is the Alumni Spotlight’s featured nominee. Kostichka played football, basketball and baseball at Algoma High School. He was part of the Algoma baseball team that won the Class B Championship in 1983. He played three years in college, splitting time between Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa, and Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Following his junior season in 1987, he signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played two years with the organization’s minor league clubs in Beloit and Helena. He finished with a 7-1 record as a relief pitcher.
Reflecting on his favorite high school memories, Kostichka remembers winning the State Championship in baseball his senior year and hitting a grand slam – which was also his first home run – freshman year.
Kostichka finished his high school pitching career with a 27-2 record and an ERA hovering below 1.00. His favorite pitch to keep batters off balance was his famous knuckleball. He credits Denny Hafeman with teaching him the unique pitch.
As far as what he misses most from high school sports, Kostichka says he simply misses playing baseball. Although he has since hung up the cleats, he did enjoy playing in an all-wood baseball league in Georgia ten years ago.
Kostichka recalls Luxemburg-Casco and Southern Door as his toughest rivals in baseball and the many muddy football games against Sturgeon Bay.
According to Kostichka, in order to make it to the next level in baseball, student athletes need two key attributes: dedication and discipline.
Kostichka is currently a production manager for MPI Label Company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He lives in Keller, Texas, with his wife of 22 years, Hilary, who is a fourth-grade teacher. They own a web-based educational business, www.ithinkschool.com . The Kostichkas have two sons – Kyle, 19, and Matthew, 15. Both play baseball and know how to throw a mean knuckleball.