Cadets senior rides horses when not on volleyball court
Favorite subject: math
Sports: volleyball, basketball
Other activities: National Barrel Horse Association, National Honor Society, Safety Town and Outdoor Ed.
Family: Don and Sabrina Adkins (father and mother); 2 brothers–Matt and Brian; one sister–Michelle
Question: What’s your favorite sport?
Answer: Volleyball definitely.
Q: Why’s that?
A: (Laughs) There’s less running. And, volleyball’s more of an emotional sport.
Q: How long have you played volleyball?
A: Since the seventh grade.
Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: In grade school.
Q: It seems like you’re everywhere on the volleyball court. What’s your position and what do you like doing best?
A: I’m an outside hitter, because I definitely like to hit.
Q: Do you think you’d like to play volleyball in college?
A: I haven’t decided yet where I want to go. But there’s one school I’m looking at where I’d like to play — if I go there.
Q: Fort Frye play a pretty challenging schedule during the regular season. And I think that’s helped the team get to where it is right now?
A: The schedule was challenging, and yes, it’s helped prepare us better (for the postseason).
Q: How intense is the Fort’s rivalry with Waterford?
A: (Laughs) It gets a little crazy sometimes, because we both want to win. But bragging rights are on the line. When we’re not playing off the court, we’re friends, though.
Q: On Thursday, you and the team will be play Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in a regional semi at Lake High. Any thoughts on that match?
A: We played there (Lake High) last year and got beat (by Dalton). Hopefully, we can do better this year. Right now, we’re playing with a lot of confidence, and we want to win.
Q: During your sports career at Fort Frye, what’s been your main highlight?
A: Winning the volleyball district championship last year. I don’t think the school had done that in 30 years.
Q: Who has been your inspiration?
A: My sister Michelle. She played college basketball at Carlow University in Pittsburgh (Pa.).
Q: So, you’re the volleyball player and she’s the basketball player in the family?
A: (Laughs) Yes, but I do play basketball, too. They just started practicing.
Q: What’s the Fort basketball team going to look like this winter?
A: I think we should be pretty good. We have some good freshmen coming in. We’re not very tall, but we like to run and play defense.
Q: Ah, defense. That’s what you like to do, right?
A: I really do like playing defense. Some people say that I should shoot more, because I don’t really shoot that much.
Q: What do you do off the volleyball and basketball court?
A: Well, I’ve been riding horses my whole life. I like barrel racing, and in the summer we go to horse shows just about every weekend.
Q: What’s your horse’s name?
A: I call her Hope.
Q: I’ll bet you have to get up early every morning to feed her?
A: (Laughs) Me and my dad do.
Q: Is there anything I haven’t asked you, or you would like to say?
A: I think you’ve covered everything. I’m taking courses at Washington State Community College, and when I graduate, I’ll also have an Associates Degree.
Ron Johnston, email@example.com