D9Sports.com/EYT Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
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SARAH WEAVER – SOPHOMORE – PUNXSUTAWNEY
Daughter of: Michael and Heather Weaver
Sports Played: Basketball and Softball
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: Her brother Jacob and sister Olivia both play(ed). Her parents played as did her uncles, Jeff Weaver, Tom Weaver, Bill Weaver, Rob Weaver, Sean Weaver and Pat Weaver.
2017-18 Highlights: She made immediate impacts as a freshman in two sports for Punxsutawney and helped the Lady Chucks to District 9 titles in both basketball and softball. She then played a key role in Punxsutawney winning the PIAA Class 4A title in softball. In softball, she hit .408 with two home runs, four doubles, 15 RBIs and a team-leading 23 runs scored. In the PIAA playoffs, she hit a key home run in the semifinal win over Mt. Pleasant and was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the second round win over West Perry. In basketball, she was the third-leading scorer for the Lady Chucks averaging 7.6 points per game. That included seven double-digit contests, including twice reaching 15 points (vs. DuBois and vs. Bradford).
Post-High School Plans: She plans to be an architect, and she plans to play sports in college.
Q&A With Sarah Weaver
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
SW: My favorite sport is basketball because I love the adrenaline rush and the team game.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
SW: My favorite memory is when we are in a close game against the other team. In that moment, every second counts.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
SW: I play high school sports because it keeps me in shape and I love the game and my team.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
SW: My dad has the most influence on my athletic career because he has dedicated a lot of time towards me with every sport I play. He gives me the motivation to work harder and become better.
D9Sports: Do you remember the first sport you played and did you like it right away or did it grow on you?
SW: My very first sports were soccer and gymnastics. I did them both at the same time. Yes, I did like them right away because I loved kicking the soccer ball and flipping in the air.
D9Sports: Do you have a favorite number for a uniform? If so, what is the story behind that number?
SW: No. 24 is my favorite number for a uniform. The number 24 was the starting number of my basketball career.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
SW: A few things that may surprise people if they did not know me would be that I am one of five children, I am a super-girly girl when I am outside of sports, and if there was a swim team at our school I would love to be on it.
D9Sports: If you could eat dinner with anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be and why?
SW: Chris Pratt because he has such a comical side and a strong faith.
D9Sports: Iphone or Android or Neither and why?
SW: iPhone because it’s super easy to use and it’s great for when you need something ASAP.
D9Sports: What is your go-to Social Media and why?
SW: Pinterest is my go-to social media because I love at looking at all the ideas people share.
D9Sports: What do you like most about high school and why?
SW: The one thing I like most about high school is spending time with my friends because I am a very social person.
D9Sports: What do you like least about high school and why?
SW: I do not like all the homework each teacher gives each night because I am already so busy with other extracurricular activities.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
SW: I wish you would have asked me what makes me want to become a better athlete. And what is the answer to it? The answer to that question is if you are given a God-given talent you should use it to the best of your ability because someone who doesn’t have that would be so happy to have it.