Spotlight Interview

Sarah Weiss

Valley Lutheran Chargers - Volleyball/Basketball/Softball

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

by: Elite Preps Live staff

Age:18

School: Valley Lutheran (2011 graduate)

College Plans: Calvin College

College Major: Speech Pathology

Parents: Scott and Ann Weiss

Siblings: Andy (20) Michael (15) and Matthew (15) Weiss

Sports achievements/awards: Volleyball- 1st Team All-Conference, Softball- 1st Team All Conference, All-District, All-State Academic team.

Varsity sports: Volleyball (3 years) Basketball (1 year) Softball (3 years)

Extracurricular activities: Students for Life, National Honor Society, Club sports.

What's playing in your iPod right now? I’ve been on a country kick all summer—Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift. But I listen to all kinds of music.

I wish I had more time in the day to: Read. I can sit and read for hours.

If I could travel to any place in the world I would visit: The Greek Islands

I would love to spend the day with: Taylor Swift

Pregame rituals: I do a shoulder warm up that the baseball team uses before every game. It gets my whole arm loose and warm before I start throwing. My teammates like to make fun of me because I look pretty goofy while I do it.

Favorite class at Valley Lutheran: Honors Biology with Mr. Guenther.

What will you miss most about Valley Lutheran?

Everything. Valley Lutheran was the extended family that I was privileged to spend the past four years with. I will miss both students and faculty that made my past four years such a blast.  I will also miss Late Start Tuesdays

Favorite Quote:  “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one” -C.S.. Lewis-

You completed an exceptional softball career at Valley Lutheran, talk about your experiences.

Softball has been a blast! I have been blessed to catch for two outstanding pitchers the last three years in Sarah Appold, Trista Brownlee, and also a whole team full of wonderful softball players and people! Our girls have spent hours and hours during off-seasons working hard to improve their individual game so that we have a lot to work with when the seasons began. I also think Valley Lutheran’s laid-back approach to the game has helped us to build a great team chemistry that has made us all more successful.

Talk about the softball teams over the last 2 seasons that earned quarterfinal, and regional final appearances. What were so special about the teams?

For one thing, these teams were exceptionally talented. The majority of our girls have been playing softball for, many years and that definitely shines through as the season goes on. I also think these teams were so successful because we genuinely enjoyed each other’s company. We’ve had team dinners and played Just Dance together, we pray before games together, and we’re really a family. There’s something about having a family like that that helps string wins together, I think.

What was your most memorable moment in your softball career?

I could never pick one! Every bus ride, every comeback, every third strike change-up is just as memorable to me because they all happened with some of my very best friends.

What was it like playing for Coach John Mueller?

He has us call him PM, and that fact kind of explains what it’s like to play for him. We take a rather laid-back approach to softball, one where we can work hard and get better but never feel like we can’t laugh about our mistakes. PM keeps the focus on the players by never losing his cool.

You were at the top of your class academically, was it difficult managing your time to be successful in the classroom and athletics?

I’ve never really noticed sports as interfering with school because sports and school have just always been a part of my life. I actually found it much more difficult to manage my time this past winter when I wasn’t in a sport for the first time in high school. I think athletics keep me healthy and motivated to do my school work.

What is one thing most people don't know about you?

I love horses. I’d love to own horses some day.

Who is the most influential person in your life and what have you learned from them?

My dad has always been a big influence for me. He has a knack for keeping things in perspective and reminding me when I don’t. He gives me that reality check when I need it, and is always supportive of me in all areas of life.

Now that you have graduated from Valley Lutheran what do you want to be remembered for?

I hope that anyone I’ve met at Valley Lutheran will remember me in a positive light, not because of an academic or athletic accomplishment but because of a smile, joke or playing on a team with me. In the end that’s what sports and school are really about, learning from the experiences, not winning awards.

What is one thing that you want to accomplish in life that you haven’t?

I would really like to learn sign language.

Do you have any funny stories or bloopers that happened in your sports career at Valley Lutheran?

This year in softball I stole home against Vestaburg by accident. I would explain further but I was never exactly sure how it happened. Even the umpires were confused. But we got a run out of it! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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