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Beyond the Spotlight w/ St. Louis Girls Baskeball

The Lady Sharks fought through a lot of trials and tribulations this year as a team but they kept fighting on and never gave up, continuing to improve as the season wore on.  This was none more evident then their District Semi-Final game against Montabella on Wednesday Night with the Sharks coming up just short.  Let’s go behind the spotlight with 5 members of the 2019-20 squad; Jennifer Brown, Joslynn Clark, Macie Salladay, Mikaila Borie and Skylar Rodriguez.

Jennifer Brown

What is the best part about competing in your winter sport?
The best part is the long season and bonding with my team while competing.

Who is your team’s biggest rival? Why?

Ithaca because our schools have always gone against each other since we first became sharks.

What is your favorite part about completing in high school sports?

The competition is always strong and the hunger that drives all the athletes pushes me to a new level

What is your favorite sports movie?
Facing The Giants is my favorite because it represents amazing character and teamwork.

What has your sport taught you about teamwork?
Basketball has taught all of us how to work together to make everything flow together well.

Where is the toughest place to play on the road during your winter sport?
Hemlock is the hardest because the game is always hyped up and they are a very well organized team.

What song are you listening to before competing to get you ready?
ZEZE by KodaK Black every time without fail.

There is a middle school student who wishes they were you right now…what advice would you give him/her about high school athletics?
I would tell them to never give up hope and work as hard as they can.

 

Joslynn Clark

What is the best part about competing in your winter sport?

The best part about competing in a winter sport is having the love and passion for basketball.

Who is your team’s biggest rival? Why?

Our team’s biggest rival is Ithaca. We have always gone head to head with them and we have a flag that represents the girl sports and a bell that represents that guy sports. The flag or the bell will go to the team that won and they will keep it in their school until they compete against them again. It has always resembled the competitiveness of both schools.

What is your favorite part about completing in high school sports?

My favorite part about competing in high school sports is learning my own strengths and weaknesses and being able to improve my skills.

What is your favorite sports movie?

My favorite sports movie is Space Jam because everyone loves a mixture of Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes.

What has your sport taught you about teamwork?

My sport has taught me that you can’t play without your team. You are a family and family needs to stick together and get through everything.

Where is the toughest place to play on the road during your winter sport?

The toughest place to play on the road for our conference is Hemlock because they are a very well structured team.    

What song are you listening to before competing to get you ready?

Before every game I listen to Yeah! By Usher. That song has always been a part of my mojo and I can’t mess that up.

There is a middle school student who wishes they were you right now…what advice would you give him/her about high school athletics?

If a middle schooler looked up to me and asked for advice I would tell them to always work hard. Don’t let people tell you differently. You can accomplish what you want to if you put your heart and mind into it.

 

Macie Salladay

What is the best part about competing in your winter sport?

The energy at practices and the love for the game.

Who is your team’s biggest rival? Why?

Ithaca, because they have always been our rival and it’s always a hyped up game.

What is your favorite part about completing in high school sports?

Getting closer with my teammates and coaches.

What is your favorite sports movie?

The Game Plan, it’s the Rock what more do you need?

What has your sport taught you about teamwork?

You have to be patient with your team’s improvement and your own.  

Where is the toughest place to play on the road during your winter sport?

Hemlock, they are always a decent team to play.      

What song are you listening to before competing to get you ready?

Getcha Head in the Game- High School Musical

There is a middle school student who wishes they were you right now…what advice would you give him/her about high school athletics?

You don’t need to be a starter to be a finisher.

 

Mikaila Borie

What is the best part about competing in your winter sport?

The bonds I am able to make with my teammates throughout the season.

Who is your team’s biggest rival? Why?

Ithaca because they always have been.

What is your favorite part about completing in high school sports?

The strong connections I am able to make with my teammates throughout the seasons.

What is your favorite sports movie?

McFarland USA because it shows that hard work can go a long way, and that even if people don’t think you can do something you can.

What has your sport taught you about teamwork?

It has shown me that teamwork can go a long way in success for any team.

Where is the toughest place to play on the road during your winter sport?

The toughest place to play is Hemlock because they are a good team.

What song are you listening to before competing to get you ready?

John Wall because that is my ultimate pump-up basketball song.

There is a middle school student who wishes they were you right now…what advice would you give him/her about high school athletics?

I would tell them to take all the chances they can. To go out for as many things as they are able to and to push themselves to be their best, no matter what other people have to say.

 

Skylar Rodriquez

What is the best part about competing in your winter sport?

The best part about competing in a winter sport is playing for the love that I have for the game.

Who is your team’s biggest rival? Why?

Ithaca, because we have a competition every year while playing against them.

What is your favorite part about completing in high school sports?

I like competing in high school sports because

What is your favorite sports movie?

Hoovey, because it is a movie about how this guy hit a major road block but he continued to try and play again. It also makes me think that nothing can stand in your way unless you let it.

What has your sport taught you about teamwork?

My sport has taught me a lot about teamwork how to work together and compete together.       

Where is the toughest place to play on the road during your winter sport?

The toughest place to play is Hemlock, because they are a well formed team.   

What song are you listening to before competing to get you ready?

I listen to John Wall before every game because it gets me in the zone.

There is a middle school student who wishes they were you right now…what advice would you give him/her about high school athletics?

The advice that I would give a younger person would be keep pushing and work hard to get where you want to be. No matter what challenge gets put in your way just do whatever you have to do to get where you want to be.

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