This week's Athlete of the Week is Auburn High's Cameron Chavis, a senior who plays left field on the Tigers' baseball team.
Auburn Villager: How did you get your start playing baseball?
Cameron Chavis: Just kind of a family thing. My family played sports, so I was just kind of brought into it.
AV: What drew you toward playing baseball?
CC: I just always liked the sport, just had a natural interest for it.
AV: What was it about baseball that drew you to it?
CC: I like to hit home runs. It's just something different, you know.
AV: What's the biggest challenge about playing baseball?
CC: It's fast. It's a difficult game, a lot of hand-eye coordination, a lot of hard work. I like that.
AV: Coach Matt Cimo always says it's about doing the little things. What do you do to focus on those?
CC: Just be consistent, work hard every day and show you do the little things right.
AV: Do you have any role models you looked up to growing up?
CC: I did. Evan Longoria, I liked him. He kind of came from nothing. I thought he was a good role model for me.
AV: What did you pick up from watching him?
CC: He was consistent, too, just following his path, staying on his game. I like that, sticking with what you've got.
AV: What is the biggest challenge playing in the outfield?
CC: You've got to run, make sure you get there.
AV: How is the season going for you so far?
CC: It's good. We played some tough teams early on, but we've been competitive, played some good games. We're looking good.
AV: What are the goals for the season?
CC: Just play our best, go as late as we can, maybe try to win the state. It's always a big goal — just play hard and we will do what we got to do.
AV: Do you play any other sports
CC: Just baseball now. I played football a couple years ago, but settled down with baseball.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you want to do yet after you graduate?
CC: I'm going to play baseball at Southern Union, so that's the plan for now and we'll see where it goes.
AV: How does it feel knowing you're going to be playing on the next level?
CC: I'm excited. It's a great feeling.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
CC: Fishing. Other than that, movies, Netflix. That's about it.
AV: Freshwater or saltwater fishing?
CC: Mostly fresh. I like deep sea fishing. Everybody does.
AV: What's the biggest fish you've ever caught?
CC: I caught a shark, actually, last year about this time in Spring Break. It was about five feet.
AV: Was it tough to reel it in?
CC: Oh yeah. It took 45 minutes; it took forever. I got tired, but it was great.
Interview by Brian Woodham