Player Profile: Julie Peterson, Ridgway
(Submitted photo. Photo by Lisa Dush)
JULIE PETERSON – SOPHOMORE – RIDGWAY
Daughter of: David and Jennifer Peterson
Sports Played: Basketball, Softball (with Johnsonburg in co-op)
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: None
2018-19 Highlights: Played in 23 games for Ridgway in basketball scoring 42 points … Helped Johnsonburg to the District 9 Class 2A semifinals in softball … She hit a home run in her first varsity at bat against Kane … She also struck out eight against Elk County Catholic.
Post-High School Plans: She plans on going to college to become an OB/GYN after high school. And yes, she would like to play softball in college.
Q&A With Julie Peterson
D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
JP: My favorite sport is softball because it’s the first organized sport I’ve played. I have so many good memories from little league games to pitching to my dad every day in the backyard. I also had the amazing experience to be the starting pitcher as a freshman for the Johnsonburg Ramettes.
D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
JP: My favorite moment from basketball was the AML game against Kane. In the first game against them, we lost to them by over 30 points. In the AML game though, we looked like a completely different team. Even though we lost, I felt so proud to be a part of the Lady Elkers. My favorite moment from softball was our last game of the season against Curwensville. In the first game against them, we lost in extra innings by one to them. A home run was hit off of me and we weren’t on as a team that day. In the last game, we ten-run ruled them, our defense was on, and two players on our team hit home runs. It was a great way to end our regular season.
D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
JP: I like to play high school sports because I love playing the game. It’s when you get to make memories with your second family. It’s when you get to work together to achieve your goal. It’s those kinds of moments that motivate you to keep playing through the rough games or practices.
D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
JP: The person that influences me the most is my father. He is the one sitting in the backyard everyday catching for me while I pitch. He is the one that drives me to all of my practices and hitting/pitching lessons. He is the one that always gives me pep talks and boosts my confidence. He always was my rebounder when I shot around and was the best person to play “horse” with.
D9Sports: If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be and why?
JP: I wish, for the sake of other public schools, that private schools would be in their own classification.
D9Sports: If you could be president for a day, what would be the one major thing you would do?
JP: If I became president, I would start putting more money into education and make college more affordable.
D9Sports: What is your ideal place to live? County, City, Suburb? Why?
JP: I would like to live in a suburb because you have access to all the city features, but don’t necessarily have to live in it.
D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
JP: An interesting fact that many people don’t know about me is that I’m adopted. I am so lucky to have the family that I do, and can’t be more blessed.
D9Sports: What is your strongest subject in school?
JP: My strongest subject in school is math.
D9Sports: If there was one period in history or one event in history you could go back to, what would it be?
JP: If I went back in time, I would like to witness the Apollo 11 takeoff and landing onto the moon.
D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
JP: The question would’ve been, Is there anyone you would like to thank? For softball, I would like to thank all of my little league coaches for making me love the game. I would like to thank my travel softball coach, Jim Wolf, for boosting my confidence and showing me how to play at the next level. I would also like to thank my high school coaches for all the hard work they put into us girls to make us better players.
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