Spring Athletes Spotlight Q&A

Corbin Minard ‘21 (Varsity Boy’s Lacrosse)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: I am extremely energetic especially during games. It’s extremely important to make sure that we are locked in on game day and I am usually the guy who gets everyone excited to get out there.

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: My favorite moment was finally getting to get back out on the field after we were sent home to quarantine. It was extremely frustrating being sent home because we were forced to reschedule our first three games, but it was a great feeling to finally be back out there with the boys.

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: My family is extremely important to me and without family, I am just not myself. When I am not playing sports, I am most likely spending time with my family and friends.

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your games, who would it be and why? 

A: My family is extremely important to me and without family, I am just not myself. When I am not playing sports, I am most likely spending time with my family and friends.

Anna Hyson ‘21 (Varsity Girl’s Lacrosse)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: This year, I am one of two seniors on the team and I was chosen as captain. We have a ton of young talent on the team so my main focus going into the season was creating the best team culture I could and carry on the traditions and lessons I had learned the past 3 years on Hun Varsity Girls Lacrosse. 

 

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: Our second time playing Blair. We had a very intense game against them the first time around with it being neck and neck for the majority of the game but ended in a loss. Going into the second game we tried everything we could to be prepared, but the momentum of the game seemed to go against us at halftime: the score was Blair 9 : Hun 5. As the second half began the momentum seemed to turn in our favor resulting in ending the game Blair 12 : Hun 11. Though we lost the game the grit our team showed by not giving up and continuing to fight was amazing, we were able to walk off the field with our heads up.

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: I’m not quite sure if this counts as an activity, but I really enjoy spending time with my dog Ruby. If I’m not at school or practice, every second I can I am with Ruby: whether it’s taking her for long walks at the park, kicking a soccer ball around with her, or our nightly cuddles.  

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your games, who would it be and why? 

A:  I would want Taylor Cummings to come to one of our games. Taylor Cummings is probably one of the best-known women lacrosse players. All the girls on the team have grown up looking up to her. When I began playing lacrosse, watching her play taught me a ton about the sport. Her seeing me play would be such a full-circle moment.

Sophie Lisle ‘23 (Varsity Girl’s Golf)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: Golf is seen by many people as an individual sport where you would focus on your game, and your game only. You would try and get the lowest score to make yourself feel good about playing well and shooting a good match. However, I beg to differ. Playing on a team can change a golfer’s mind altogether. Not only would you have to focus on yourself and how you play, you would also have to keep in mind that you are playing for other people, players and athletes that you respect entirely. I would say that this makes the sport a whole lot harder, and it adds additional pressure on top of personal hardship, but not only does it bring the team together, everyone also improves together due to the lack of judgment around us in general. We play in order to connect with each other and we play for each other as a team. I am grateful to have been welcomed with open arms on the golf team this year. The girls are all so supportive and we have such a great coach, PQ, who includes everyone and pushes us to play with no pressure weighing us down. We play to the best of our abilities and that should be good enough for us. If I had to describe my role on the team, I would say that I am a person who is always happy to be surrounded by people and supportive to everyone around me. We all share our tips out on the course because all I want to see, all we want to see, is each other enjoying ourselves out on the course during our practices and matches.

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: We had a match against Peddie, and we were playing four-balls (we went out on the course in groups of 4, 2 Hun players and 2 Peddie players). The first hole was understandably hard for everyone as we were trying to get a feel of the conditions of the course that day as it varies a lot. I remember being so nervous to go out and play my first game in 10 months while also thinking about how the girls from Peddie might be rude. I was wrong. I was paired with Laila Palmer who had also played well that day, and we had met two very lovely girls who had supported us throughout the whole match. This is my favorite memory from this season so far as I had proved myself wrong, instead of going out onto the course with a negative attitude and mindset, I now play the best I can by applying myself and making sure that I can try and support everyone around me, even if they are our opponents because on the course, everyone needs a bit of warmth.

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: I am a person who is big into performing arts. I play a couple of instruments, I dance and I also listen to music every chance I get. All of these hobbies of mine are stress relieving. I have been a part of the performing arts for around 10 years and it is not something that I can just pass down, especially if I am given the opportunity to be a part of something larger than myself in this specific field. I am a Jazz Band student and I love playing my instrument every chance I get. 

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your matches, who would it be and why? 

A:  If I could have any celebrity or athlete attend one of my matches, it would be Michelle Lee. She was one of the greatest golfers in the LPGA and I have always looked up to her my whole life. Since I started playing golf when I was 2, golf truly has been my whole life. My parents are currently pro-level and my younger brother is going pro.

Ben Petrone ‘21 (Varsity Baseball)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: It is my second year as a captain and I play middle infield. 

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: It has been so much fun to play with all my friends on such a talented team. 

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: I enjoy snowboarding and surfing. 

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your games, who would it be and why? 

A: I would want Will Ferrell to watch because he’s hilarious and loves baseball. 

Hanna Babuschak ‘21 (Varsity Softball)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team?

A: Leading by example. I try my best during practice and games and I hope it pushes the rest of the girls to give their best effort too. 

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far.

A: My favorite memory so far this season was when we beat Blair 11-1. We’ve lost to them a majority of the time in the past so it felt great to finally win against them. 

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: I’m really into art so I really enjoy painting, drawing, listening to music, and learning about new artists. 

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your games, who would it be and why? 

 A: I’d pick Sheck Wes to come to one of my games. I listen to his music before I play to get pumped up so I think it’d be cool for him to be there

Hasan Alqassab ‘21 (JV Boy’s Tennis)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: As a senior who has never played tennis before, I mostly learn new skills from my teammates everyday at practice and be there to support them during matches. I have made new friends who taught me that anyone can play tennis. 

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: My first game against Blair. Even though we lost the match, playing a real match against other schools for the first time is very rewarding. 

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: Playing chess.

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your matches, who would it be and why? 

A: Lewis Hamilton because he has been my role model at sports since I was child. In addition to being the best F1 driver, he exhibits great sportsmanship. 

Sophie Razavi ‘22

(Varsity Girl’s Track and Field)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: I think of myself as a supportive member of the team. I try to encourage others to do their best, either at practice or during meets. I also try to support them when they feel worried or tired. I think having a supportive team and environment is very important and it makes the track team so much better. 

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: My favorite memory would be our meet at Blair. The bus ride there and back was almost 4 hours, giving us plenty of time to bond and connect. Even though the weather was horrible and it was raining, we were able to make the best out of the situation. While we were there, everyone tried their best and performed well. We would also stand beside the track and would cheer on our teammates and support them in their races. In the end, Hun won the meet, everyone performed really well and we enjoyed our time there.

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: With sports and school, I have a busy schedule and have little time to just do nothing. That’s why I sometimes enjoy relaxing and taking time for myself; I either spend time with my friends, watch a new movie or spend time outside. These leave me feeling refreshed and ready to go back to my regular routine.

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your meets, who would it be and why? 

A:Usain Bolt. As the fastest man in the world, he would know a lot about running. Although I would be nervous to run in front of him, I would use this opportunity to ask him questions I have always wanted to ask. I would first start by asking how he is so fast and would go on to ask about how he got where he is, how he prepares himself for races, and many other things.

Pedro Blauth ‘21 (Crew)

Q: How would you describe your role on the team? 

A: I am mostly a novice, and try to learn from those around me.

Q: Describe a favorite memory/moment you’ve had this season so far. 

A: When I went into the water for the first time. It was a mixture of confusion and excitement. 

Q: What activity do you enjoy outside of sports? 

A: I am currently playing video games. It’s pretty fun.

Q: If you could have any celebrity or athlete come to one of your meets, who would it be and why? 

A: Hugh Laurie, I’m a huge fan of Dr. House M.D. Plus, I believe that he was a rower in the show as well.