In the spotlight this week is Auburn High's Sara Strohmeyer, a senior shooting guard on the Tigers' basketball team
Auburn Villager: When did you get your start playing basketball?
Sara Strohmeyer: I've always played sports my whole life. I grew up with two brothers and a dad who love sports, and it was always something that I did. And then when I got into high school, it was one of the season sports that I had, so I just stuck with it.
AV: What do you like most about playing basketball?
SS: Probably the fast pace and how intense it is and how fun it is to play.
AV: On the flipside, what's the most challenging aspect?
SS: You have to play 24/7. You can't take a break at all or you're going to get beat or you're going to get scored on and then you can't recover.
AV: As a senior, how has it been stepping into a leadership role?
SS: It's strange because we've always had seniors ahead of us that tell us what to do and how us how we should be. But now we're the ones doing that. It's been fun.
AV: How do you feel the season is going and what are the goals going forward?
SS: It's going good. We've actually done really well. We've only lost four games, which is the best we've ever done up until this point. Going forward, we plan to win our area and then continue on to Regionals and then hopefully win Regionals and go to state.
AV: You've been in the program for a while now, so how has the first year been under Coach Courtney Pritchett?
SS: He's been great. Honestly, he's one of the best coaches I've ever had. He's really just stepped in and had all of us really buy-in and get on board with what he's doing. And we've all just loved him.
AV: Did you have any basketball role models?
RM: Not really. I've always loved watching sports, but I never really had this one person that I watched. I would watch a team and just pick a favorite player that I wanted to watch during that game.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
SS: I used to play soccer and tennis, but not any more.
AV: Do you know yet what you want to do after you graduate?
SS: Yes. I'm actually going to go to Montevallo to play basketball and hopefully study math and get a dual degree from Montevallo and Samford.
AV: How does it feel knowing that you're going to continue playing basketball?
SS: It feels great. I actually got to sign and commit before the season started, so I could just go into this season just relaxed, knowing what I'm going to do and just being excited about it.
AV: What impression did Montevallo leave after you visited?
SS: I love it. It's just a beautiful campus and the people are great and I just love the coaches and the team. It was just wonderful.
AV: Do you have any hobbies you enjoy outside of sports?
SS: I go to the lake with my family a lot, and the beach. Just pretty normal stuff, like hanging out with friends.