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Spotlight Interview

Sarah Appold

Valley Lutheran Chargers - Volleyball/Basketball/Softball

Posted on Oct 17, 2011

Sarah Appold

Age: 17

College Plans: Attend SVSU on a softball scholarship
College Major: Nursing
Parents Name: Randy and Sherri Appold
Siblings: Josh Appold
Sports Awards:
Volleyball- 2nd Team All Conference
Basketball- 2nd Team All Conference Honorable Mention All Area,
Softball- 1st Team All Conference, All District, All Region, Academic All State, Division 3 All
State Honorable Mention, Saginaw News Spring Sports/ Softball Dream Team, Saginaw News
Softball Player of the Year
Varsity Sports: Volleyball (4yrs) Softball (4 years) Basketball (3 years)
Ext. Activities: Member of NHS and Euchre Club
IPod: Either Crazy Girl by the Eli Young Band or No Hands by Rosco Dash
Nickname: don’t have one
Dream Job: If there were a job where I could play all three of my sports and get paid for it I would do it in a heartbeat.
I wish I had more time in the day to: finish all of my homework and go to visit my Grandma more.
Pregame Ritual: I have to listen to my IPod before I play. That way if I ever get into a jam I canalways start singing a song that was stuck in my head to relax me. Plus I like to think my teamgets a good laugh at my singing abilities.
Favorite Quote: “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”
Favorite Class: PE Class
Your volleyball team is having an excellent season why is this team special?
I think one reason why this team is so special is because we are so close both on and off the court. I believe that is a huge factor in how we play. I think how close we are allows us to run as a machine or as one on the volleyball court.
What are you expectations for the rest of this season, as a team and individually?
I expect this team to make it far in the tournament or go down giving 110%. That’s all I could really ask of myself and my team. That we give 110% percent to what we have left in this season, and so far I think we are doing that.
What game that remain on your schedule are you looking forward to the most?
The game that I am looking forward to the most that we have left in the season is St. Charles. We have played them twice so far in the season and both times they have been good games so I am looking forward to playing them in conference because they are a very good team.
You had an exceptional softball season last year, earning the Saginaw News softball player of the year. Looking ahead, what are your expectations for the upcoming season as a team and Individual?
This upcoming season we are going to miss the key players that graduated last year, but at the same time we are going to be gaining a lot of new talented players. I think with the team that we are going to have next year we have the potential of having a very successful season and making it far in the tournament. Being my senior year it is my goal as an individual to try and get Miss Softball. I think that would be an amazing honor to have, so that is something I will be striving for and working towards in the upcoming season.
What is it like playing for Coach John Mueller and what have you learned from?
One thing that I have learned from Pastor Mueller is that we just need to relax when we play.
He is not an uptight coach who yells at you for every little thing, and you will never see him up in one of his players face. He is a very laid back coach and that is one of the reasons that I like playing for him so much.
Are you being recruited to play collegiate softball?
I am getting recruited by SVSU to play softball and that is where I hope to end up. I plan to sign with SVSU this November.
What has been the most memorable moment in your sports career at Valley Lutheran so far?
My most memorable sport moment was this past winter when we defeated Nouvel in the regional final basketball game to win regional’s and to go on to play Gross Point Ligget at Heritage.
What is one thing most people don't know about you?
Most people don’t know that I learned how to sew when I was 8 years old with the help of my
grandma and I have being doing it ever since. Right now I am working on a patriotic quilt that I hope to get done by gradation.
Who is the most influential person/people in your life and what have you learned from them?
The person who has had the most influence on my life is my grandma. She has been fighting cancer on and off for the past four years and she is the strongest woman I know. I have learned from her that you can’t just give up, you need to fight and stay strong nor only in yourself but in your faith as well.
When you graduate from Valley Lutheran what do you want to be remembered for?
When I leave Valley I want to be remembered as not only that girl who was good at sports but I want to be remembered as a girl who was strong in her Christian faith and showed it on a daily basis.
Do you have any funny stories or bloopers that happened to you while playing sports at Valley Lutheran?
At my school we have chapel every day after 3rd hour. My freshman year we had a speaker
come into chapel and asked for the varsity softball pitcher to go up on the “stage” or up front by him. He then handed me a softball and walked about 10 yards away. He was holding a hula hoop and he told me to pitch the ball through the hula hoop. I was already shaking from being in front of so many people so when I went to throw the ball instead of throwing through the hoop I ended up hitting the pastor instead. I don’t think I have ever been so embarrassed in my whole life. Luckily I can laugh about it now.


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