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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STEPHEN BOBBY – SENIOR – ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC
Son of: Lucy and Dave Bobby
Sports Played: Football and track & field
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: His mom did high school cheerleading and his dad wasn’t allowed to play any sports. His oldest brother Luke played soccer and basketball; his second oldest brother Matt played soccer and tennis; his sister played soccer swimming and track; his third oldest brother played soccer and tennis; and his younger brother does football, wrestling, and track.
2018-19 Highlights: He became the second player in ECC history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and is in reach of the school record for most rushing yards in a career.
Post-High School Plans: After high school he plans to go to college and play football, and as of now major in nursing.
Q&A With Stephen Bobby
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
SB: My favorite sport to participate in is football because not only is it an amazing game, but it brings you so much closer to the people who mean the most to you. You won’t remember the pre/post-game talks, a majority of the games or the dumb mistakes made, but one thing everyone will remember from a sport they love is the teammates.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
SB: I feel like there’s too many to have a favorite of anything honestly.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
SB: Freshman year, I played sports to get out of the house so I had something to do, and all my friends played, but now I feel like I have developed a sort of love for sports in general.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
SB: Probably my dad because he went from playing no sports in high school to walking onto Penn State’s rugby team and playing a significant amount. It just goes to show that anything is possible as long as you work for it.
D9Sports: If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be and why?
SB: I would limit the personal connections between players/coaches and the referees because I feel like sometimes (not all the time) takes a toll on the outcome of games.
D9Sports: If you could be president for a day, what would be the one major thing you would do?
SB: I’m not really that big in politics but one thing that’s always bothered me was the normality and social acceptance of abortion. So I guess with that being said I would start a movement on the ban of the killing of defenseless infants.
D9Sports: What is your ideal place to live? County, City, Suburb? Why?
SB: Probably in the suburbs of a big city so that there’s always something to do and it’s harder to get bored.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
SB: My favorite thing about high school is acting and singing in musicals.
D9Sports: What is your strongest subject in school?
SB: Probably English.
D9Sports: If there was one period in history or one event in history you could go back to, what would it be?
SB: I would probably go back to the era of the Space Race because I found that really interesting while learning about it in physics this year.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
SB: I wish you would’ve asked which celebrity I look up to the most. The answer to that is probably Christiano Ronaldo because despite his poor reputation in the sports world, he is a class act behind the scenes donating millions of dollars to charities and needy families, and donating blood at least 3 times a year for people who need it.