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zona: What did you accomplish, individually, this season
Natalie: I hit a home run and pitched a no-hitter.
MROZ: I had no errors this whole season!
Alicia: I’ve managed to get straight A’s while having softball practices twice
a week and a tournament every other weekend. During our games, I’m a really
good bunter, so I’m used a lot to advance the runners when they’re on base.
zona: How did your team’s (Heatwave) season go
Alicia: Our record was 28 wins and 15 losses.
Hunsaker: We did pretty good I think. We won a tournament and got really
cool trophies with turkeys on the top!
zona: Who’s your coach Is he/she tough
Alicia: Bill Dominick, my father, is the coach, along with Gary Hunsaker.
They’re both tough coaches, and we have really hard workouts at practice (lots
of push-ups). It’s worth it, though, because it has made us stronger and we’re a
really good team.
Parker: They’re tough when they need to be, but usually they’re pretty cool.
AZ Heatwave 18 & under travel softball team
zona: Is the team pretty tight Do you all get along well
hunsaker: Yeah, we’re all pretty much friends. On most teams
there are a lot of cliques, but we all get along really well. We had a Christmas
sleep over, which was fun. I actually made the mistake of falling asleep first, and
I woke up with a very disturbing drawing on my face.
alicia: Our team is very tight! We recently had a team sleep over at a
teammate’s house, and we had a blast! We have many inside jokes, and
everyone likes each other. The most fun thing we did (besides softball) was
watch the movie House Bunny together.
Zona: Has anyone here ever hit a home run
MROZ: Sadly, I have not. But it’s never too late.
Natalie: I hit a home run on a 300 foot field and it went all the way to the fence.
Alicia: No, I’ve never hit a home run. I’m not a power hitter, but I hit a lot of
singles and doubles, which still helps advance runners so we can score.
Zona: For those who pitch, how hard can you throw
Natalie: I can throw around 55, 56 mph.
mroz: If i pitched, you could probably run a mile before it reached home
plate, if it reached home plate.
zona: Do you think you’re good enough to play in college Where would you
want to play
Hunsaker: I think I’m probably good enough for a community college maybe.
Alicia: I think I’m definitely good enough to play at a junior college, but I
don’t think I’m athletic enough to play for a Division I school. However, I wish
I could play for ASU, because they won the Women’s College World Series last
spring and they’re an awesome team!
mroz: I think I could play in college if I practiced more often. I would want to
play at University of Texas or the U of A.
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zona: How do Arcadia High’s track
and cross country teams look this year
kevin: Our team this year is going
to do great. We have many strong
sprinters and hurdlers who I think will
all do very well this year. There are
quite a few seniors out for throwing
events and they have a good shot
at state this year as well. I am really
looking forward to seeing how well
distance will do this year because we
have a lot of potential. My teammate
Brendan Hernandez is a great runner
and friend because he is passionate
about running and we continually push
each other through every race. There
are a lot of freshmen and sophomores
out this year and in a couple of years if
they stick with track our team will be
amazing. zona: What’s your favorite
subject in school and do you have a
favorite teacher kevin: My favorite
subject in school right now is Human
Physiology and Anatomy because I
have learned a lot about the human
body and how everything works. It is
a really cool class because right now
we are dissecting cats! My favorite
teacher is my old American History
teacher Mrs. Hendrix because I learned
a lot of history in her class. I could also
tell she really cared about her job and
enjoyed what she was doing. zona:
Tell us about your involvement with
Student Government Why do you
do it kevin: I am the senior class
Vice President. We do all kinds of jobs
throughout the year such as planning
dances, assemblies and the senior
officer’s big job is to plan graduation. It is
a great program to be in because I have
learned all about the background work
that goes into planning a major school
event and I have a lot of fun doing it
as well! zona: So, you were painted
silver for a pep rally at school, what
was that all about kevin: My friend
Gabi and I were emcees at an assembly
a few months ago. The assembly was
for our schools’ homecoming. The
theme was ancient civilizations. Gabi
and I decided to paint ourselves silver
and stand like ancient Roman Gods in
the middle of the room until everyone
came in. A Britney Spears song started
playing, and we gradually started to
move. As the song got a little faster, Gabi
and I moved a little faster until we began
full-out dancing. zona: Favorite college
mascot kevin: Definitely the Kansas
Jayhawk. zona: Do you prefer Llamas,
Emus or Aardvarks kevin: I prefer
aardvarks, because I hate ants. zona:
Your thoughts on the Michael Phelps
fiasco kevin: Sad.
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zona: What are you like on the softball field Are you
different when you’re just hanging out
mroz: When we are on the field we are serious, but
we still have fun. We know we have to focus on the
game and play our hardest, but we also make jokes
in the dugout and mess around. When we are just
hanging out, we can be sillier than when we play.
Alicia: I can get pretty competitive on the softball
field, which is really different from how I act around my
friends at school. However, I don’t get nervous under
pressure, especially when the bases are loaded and I’m
up to bat, which helps when we’re in tight situations.
zona: If you had to compare your kind of play to any
animal, which animal would it be and why
Alicia: I guess I’m like a puma because I use the
element of surprise when I bunt! Also, I can steal bases
when the other team isn’t paying attention!
MROZ: Hmm... I think I am definitely a cheetah
because I can run like them. Well, not that fast but fast
enough to get those fly balls.
Hunsaker: I don’t really have an animal to compare
my kind of play to. But Natalie is definitely a gazelle,
because when she runs she takes these big graceful
strides like one. Haha. And Aubrey runs like a giraffe,
and Ashley’s a duck. Kaela’s kind of like a roadrunner,
cause her legs move so fast when she runs. But that’s
pretty much it.
zona: Tell us a secret... is there anything you do that
is a little embarrassing
mroz: I sometimes find myself talking in a weird
accent, it’s almost like i can’t stop. Oh, I am also
OBSESSED with Superman. If I could be him... I would.
Hunsaker: Well I don’t think it’s very embarrassing...
but Natalie and Sarah say it’s embarrassing that I like
scream and hit people a lot in my sleep.
Alicia: Sometimes I fantasize that I’m on a Broadway
stage and I’m a superstar! But then I realize I can’t
really sing or dance…
zona: Do you prefer Llamas or Billy Goats
Hunsaker: Umm I don’t really have a preference.
I guess if I had to pick one, it’d probably be llamas.
There’s actually this one house that we pass all the
time on the way to Rose Mofford where we play most
of our tournaments, and they have like twenty llamas
in the front yard. It’s weird.
Alicia: Llamas or Billy Goats Uh, Llamas!! (duh)
MROZ: Definitely Billy Goats. There is this book I had
about them, and they died or something. I think one
zona: What makes a great athlete
Natalie: Someone who will work hard and not give up.
Alicia: In my opinion, a great athlete is someone
who is willing to dedicate a lot of their time and
energy to their sport of choice. Great athletes and
leaders help their teammates stay confident and don’t
bring them down, although they do offer constructive
criticism to their teammates.
MROZ: Someone who is willing to give it their all on and
off the field. Someone who doesn’t let their teammates
down and plays their best for the team and themselves.
zona: What are some of your other hobbies and
interests besides softball
Natalie: Other sports, basketball, volleyball, piano.
Alicia: When I’m not playing softball, I’m a band
geek. I play both the soprano and alto saxophones
in my high school band. It’s kind of embarrassing,
yes, but it’s really fun! I’m also a part of a community
service club, as well as a club to support Sudanese
refugees, at my school.
MROZ: Other talents... I can play the guitar and sing in
the shower... if that counts.
Hunsaker: I don’t really have any other hobbies.
Softball is pretty much my life. I like to bake I guess.
zona: Do you like broccoli
Natalie: HATE broccoli!
Hunsaker: I LOVE broccoli!
Alicia: I love broccoli!
MROZ: Broccoli... no. Well, sometimes.
zona: Favorite toy growing up
Alicia: Barbie dolls!
MROZ: My teddy bear Cheddar, and I still sleep with
him every night. :)
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