Zane Heiss a three-sport standout at Waterford
Favorite subject: history and science
Sports: football, basketball, baseball
Wgt.: 170 pounds
Major: criminal justice
Family: Naaman and Amy Heiss (father and mother); siblings: Cierra (sister), Mason (brother), and Zavier (brother)
Question: Do you have a nickname?
Answer: (laughs) Some of the guys call me “Randy” after that character in the TV show “Trailer Park Boys.”
Q: What’s your favorite sport?
A: Honestly, whatever the season is, that’s my favorite sport. Right now, that would be football.
Q: Any plans in playing college ball?
A: I think I’m too short for basketball, but I’d like to play football or baseball. Not sure where I’m going, yet, though.
Q: When did you start playing football?
A: In the third grade. I started out as a running back. Then, later, I became a quarterback. I didn’t play football in my freshman year at Waterford. I was mostly a running back and wide receiver in my sophomore and junior years. Last year, I played QB in our army/flex formation. This year, I’m the quarterback and a cornerback on defense.
Q: I was there when you had three interceptions in one quarter. Who was that against? That was way back early in the season.
A: South Gallia.
Q: Waterford is now facing Shenandoah in an opening round playoff game Saturday night. Any thoughts on that game?
A: I’m just glad it’s a home game. We’re getting ready for it this week. It should be a good game, and I hope we can go as far as we can go in the playoffs.
Q: During your career, what’s been your biggest football thrill?
A: It was last year over at Fort Frye. I had a pretty good game as a wide receiver, four or five catches for over a 100 yards. I would’ve had over 200 yards, but one was called back. We lost a tough game.
And, this year, I had a 90-yard touchdown run against Miller on a blown-up play. (laughs) I’m not sure what happened. But all of a sudden, I saw this hole open up, and I went for it.
Q: The Waterford/Fort Frye rivalry is basically a friendly one, though, isn’t it?
A: Oh, yeah. I know a lot of their guys, just by playing sports.
Q: What’s it like playing football with your younger brother (Mason)?
A: (laughs) He’s a freshman wide receiver, and it’s pretty fun at practice.
Q: Do you have a favorite football team?
A: I like the Pittsburgh Steelers. (laughs) My dad’s a Cleveland Browns fan.
I also root for the Buckeyes.
Q: Who’s your favorite football player?
A: That would be JuJu Smith-Schuster , a wide receiver for the Steelers.
Q: How’s the Waterford basketball team going to be this winter?
A: We’ll be young, but I think we’ll be good.
Q: In baseball, you have a pretty good left-handed swing — and with power. How many homers did you have last season?
A: I think I had three.
Q: Who has inspired you, or had an impact on your athletic career at Waterford?
A: Every coach that I’ve ever had. And, my mom and dad.
Q: What do you do off the playing field? Any hobbies?
A: No, not really. Usually, I’m at practice most of the time. Sometimes, though, I’ll play some flag football.
Q: As a senior, are there any words of wisdom you’d like to share with the underclassmen?
A: Well, time goes by fast, and just don’t take it for granted.
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