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.
ARIKA MCCALL – SENIOR – A-C VALLEY
Daughter of: Alice & Allen McCall
Sports Played: Golf
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: Her dad played football, her uncle, Scott McCall, played basketball and ran track, her uncle, Greg McCall, played basketball and baseball, her cousin, Chris Runyan, played basketball and football. Her cousin, Jake Weckerly, played basketball, and her cousin, Nicole (Weckerly) Dehner played basketball.
2017-18 Highlights: She was a member of the A-C Valley District 9 championship golf team.
Post-High School Plans: She plans on attending St. Vincent College to major in Biology and then plans on going to veterinarian school, hopefully at Cornell University. She would like to play golf at St. Vincent, if possible.
Q&A With Arika McCall
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
AM: I love golf very much. It’s something I will be able to do for the rest of my life.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
AM: After matches, the whole team goes out to eat. We always seem to end up getting me a large fry and a large Sprite from somewhere.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
AM: I love being able to keep myself fit, busy, and social.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
AM: I think my dad has had the most influence on my athletic career. He always pushes me to do better and never lets me quit.
D9Sports: Do you remember the first sport you played and did you like it right away or did it grow on you?
AM: Yes, cheerleading was my first sport. It had to grow on me for a little while considering I started in second grade.
D9Sports: Do you have a favorite number for a uniform? If so, what is the story behind that number?
AM: Not applicable
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
AM: I was internationally adopted.
D9Sports: If you could eat dinner with anyone famous (living or dead) who would it be and why?
AM: Ellen Degeneres would be the person I pick to have dinner with because she is such an amazing person and has such a great personality.
D9Sports: Iphone or Android or Neither and why?
AM: iPhone; I love how I can connect my iPhone and my iPad together.
D9Sports: What is your go-to Social Media and why?
AM: Snapchat; I love talking to my friends.
D9Sports: What do you like most about high school and why?
AM: I love being able to be more carefree in high school because I know life gets 10 times harder whenever you graduate.
D9Sports: What do you like least about high school and why?
AM: I don’t like the “small-town school environment.” It’s like everyone knows every single thing going on with your life.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
AM: I wish you would have asked me who I look up to the most in my life. The answer would be my dad. He has worked nonstop since he was a young kid and continues to do so to make sure I have everything I need and want. He has sacrificed a lot, and I am so lucky he and my mom adopted me.