HALL OF FAME
Student-Athlete of the Week
February 15, 2013Bardstown High School
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm
Bardstown senior Anna Jones is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.
Jones, who plays soccer and tennis at Bardstown, carries a 4.0 GPA and is involved in several extracurricular activities around the school’s campus, including National Honor Society, as well as working part-time at Keystone Cinemas.
She plans to attend the University of Kentucky upon graduation to study chemistry, with an eye toward becoming a veterinarian or a chemistry teacher. Two years ago, she and doubles partner Gabi Hamilton became the first girls in Bardstown High School history to earn a berth in the state tennis tournament.
Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty caught up with Jones for a few questions to better get to know her.
PZ: What’s your favorite TV show?
AJ: I love Glee.
PZ: What got you started in soccer?
AJ: I started playing soccer when I was 3 because my mom had enrolled me in, but since then I have loved every minute of it.
PZ: What’s your favorite song/album? Who’s your favorite band/artist?
AJ: My favorite song is A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and my favorite band is Maroon 5.
PZ: What do you enjoy most about soccer? Do you prefer it or tennis?
AJ: I enjoy game nights when all the girls are fighting for that win together. I love the practices when we work hard and can still joke around after we just ran a box. I love soccer and I love tennis, but soccer is different because you don’t just have your tennis partner, but 10 other girls on the field with you and that feeling of having that much support around you while you’re playing the game is amazing.
PZ: Your senior bunch enjoyed a great deal of success over the past four years. How special was it to be a part of it?
AJ: It was amazing! Every time we beat the odds and beat or tied a team that was supposed to kill us was amazing. All the senior girls, including me, fought every minute we were on that field. We always wanted to be the best and with that drive that we had; we beat many teams that we shouldn’t have. Being around my fellow seniors and winning together and even losing together was amazing and I wouldn’t trade any minute of it for the world.
PZ: Do you have a favorite pre-match meal?
AJ: I don’t really, but I ended up eating Subway before almost every game.
PZ: What does it mean to you to be a leader of your team?
AJ: I never really thought of myself as a leader, but to be considered one of the leaders on the team is amazing. I think what leadership meant to my fellow seniors and it was the chance to inspire the younger players and get them to do their best, and get them pumped up for every game.
PZ: How tough is it juggling schoolwork, sports and other activities?
AJ: It was hard for me some nights to go play a game then have to drive home and start homework that I knew would take me a couple of hours to finish. I have been able to juggle my clubs, sports, job and school fairly well, though. Even though it’s very hard to do so and they don’t leave much free time I seem to make them all balance.
PZ: What do you do when you have some precious free time away from school and sports?
AJ: When I have free time and I’m not working or sports then I either play with my animals or if it’s the weekend I like to go hangout with my friends.
Anna appeared on Thursday’s Zubaty and Crew Sports Week segment on the PLG-TV 13 News. View the archived interview at plgtv.com.