5 questions with Sara Schell
After stepping onto the varsity volleyball court as a freshman last fall, Sara Schell takes on even more responsibility in her sophomore season with the Bear River Bruins.
Schell, who also plans to return to the basketball court after sitting out last season, was recently named one of the volleyball team captains, along with senior Christie Nat. Schell took a break from a recent practice to answer five questions from Sports Editor Brian Hamilton.
Q. Congratulations on being named a team captain. Was that somewhat surprising in your sophomore season?
A. “Not really. I’ve been doing sports my whole life, so I’m used to the competition.”
Q. Why do you think you’re ready to take on that leadership role?
A. “I think a lot of the girls respect me, because I am one of the better players and they take advice from me. I think I’m getting better at helping them, as well.”
Q. You’re planning to play basketball again this year, after sitting out last season. What made you change your mind?
A. “I’ve always loved basketball. There never was a time where I didn’t like it. I played volleyball with NCVC (NorCal Volleyball Club) last year and I thought it would take a lot more time than it did. So I decided to play (basketball) this year.”
Q. You played varsity volleyball as a freshman last year, as one of several young players on the squad. Though the varsity finished with a 3-8 Pioneer Valley League record, both the junior varsity and freshman teams – which included several classmates – won league championships. Was it tough watching your classmates win, while the varsity struggled?
A. “I’m glad I played varsity. Just the experience of playing with better teams and competing with better players was a good experience. But it was hard at school, when my friends would say ‘We won. How did you do?’ And we didn’t win.”
Q. Coach (Matt) MacDonald said you posted a newspaper clipping on the bulletin board that said Colfax and Placer were the favorites for the league title. Why put that out there for your teammates to see?
A. “It’s just part of me being a team leader. I want my teammates to work as hard as they can, because I think we can do really well this year. I just want them to believe they can do it.”
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