Senior Athlete Spotlight: Winter sports leaders discuss respective sports, expectations for season

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Alyssa Hess, Alex Kontopanos

Meredith Strickland, Staff Writer

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sydnie Hanson: Shooting Guard
Q: How long have you been playing basketball?
A: “I have been playing since I was five.”
Q: What are your hopes for this season?
A: “My hopes are to win State this year.”
Q: Are you planning on playing basketball in college?
A: “I’m playing at Baker University next year.”
Q: What has been your favorite basketball memory?
A: “That’s a tough one. My favorite memories are probably the locker room dancing we do before games, team bonding and just every minute with my team.”
Q: What is the bond like among your teammates?
A: “We have a great bond, and we all get along great. I love every single one of them to pieces, and I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

BOYS BASKETBALL 
Ryan Brady: Point Guard
Q: How long have you been playing basketball?
A: “I have been playing basketball ever since I can remember, so a really long time. My dad just kind of put a basketball in my hand and gave me a little push to play, and I have been playing ever since.”
Q: What are you hoping for this season for your team?
A: “I would like the team to go to State and even further [by winning titles]. As long as I have been on varsity, we haven’t gone to State, so I would really like to go to State.”
Q: Are you planning on playing basketball in college?
A: “I don’t know yet, maybe if something comes up, like scholarships.”
Q: What has been your favorite basketball memory?
A: “I’ve loved making new friends. I have created good relationships with the seniors from last year and the other years.”
Q: What is the bond like among your teammates?
A: “We’re all really close, and we have been hanging out together with the three conditioning days over the summer and fall. We’re just getting closer and closer every day.”

BOYS SWIMMING 
Alex Fraser: Swim Team Captain
Q: How long have you been swimming?
A: “I have been swimming since the summer before freshman year. I went to a summer camp with [former] coach [Greg] House, and I had a lot of fun.”
Q: What are your hopes for this season as a team and as an individual?
A: “As a team, I hope that we place better at State. I want us to show improvement by placing higher than previous years at State. I would like to break the Blue Valley boys 100 breaststroke record. Last year, I almost beat the record, but I was only half a second away from beating it.”
Q: Are you planning on swimming in college?
A: “No, probably not, unless I get a full-ride scholarship.”
Q: What has been your favorite memory during swim?
A: “My favorite memory of swim is probably swimming my freshman year with Coach House because of the bond we had. If you ask anybody, they can say that Coach House created special relationships with everybody and connected with them. Coach House changed the way I think, and I loved practicing with him.”
Q: What is the bond like among your teammates?
A: “We’re like one big family. We spend about five to six hours together a day, and we always have team breakfasts. On Thursday mornings we meet up at Price Chopper to eat breakfast.”

VARSITY WRESTLING
Jackson Macoubrie: Wrestling Captain
Q: How long have you been wrestling?
A: “I have been wrestling since freshman year. I got started when I would go into open rooms with my friend. I just loved wrestling, so I decided to stick with it.”
Q: What are your hopes for this season as a team and as an individual?
A: “I hope this season everyone goes to State, and we get some people to get State titles. As for myself, I wish for the same by going to State and gaining titles.”
Q: Are you going to wrestle in college?
A: “I don’t know yet, but I’m thinking about walking in on [University of] Missouri.”
Q: What has been your favorite memory in wrestling so far?
A: “My favorite memory so far has been going to State and qualifying my sophomore year.”
Q: What is the bond like among your teammates?
A: “We’re really good friends. Wrestling is a very demanding sport mentally and physically, so we try to lighten up the mood to relieve all the stress.”