Yaksich comes up big for Fox Chapel in first-round playoff game
Alexa Yaksich, a senior, has been a member of the Fox Chapel girls varsity basketball team for four years.
But she has been playing the sport for much longer.
In fact, she said, she began playing when she was in the fourth grade.
All of that experience paid off last week as Yaksich scored a team-high 13 points to lead the Foxes past Butler in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs. She also found out she has been selected to play in the Cager Classic at Highlands High School.
Yaksich said she is leaning toward attending either St. Vincent or Westminster college, and she plans to major in public relations and marketing.
She's not sure if she will continue to play scholastic basketball.
“Both schools are D-III and I'm confident I can play at that level but I don't know yet if I will keep playing,” she said.
Here's a closer look at Alexa:
Q: Who have been your role models in life and in sports?
A: In life, my grandmas have inspired me. They've been through a lot and have been strong. In sports, my dad has always encouraged me to never give up.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Basketball, hanging out with my friends, family and teammates, going to my brother's sporting events and doing community work.
Q: What celebrity would you like to see disappear from public view?
A: Kobe Bryant. He's a great player but I just don't like him.
Q: Do you have any superstitions?
A: Before a game, everything I wear to the game has to be Nike brand.
Q: What movie could you watch over and over?
A: “Loving Basketball.”
Q: What's your favorite TV show?
A: “Pretty Little Liars” and “Glee.”
Q: What's your favorite place to go on vacation?
A: Anywhere with a beach.
Q: Do you have a most embarrassing moment you'd like to forget about?
A: We had a basketball clinic for younger kids this year and I was doing a drill and fell flat on my face. All the kids were laughing and I still hear about it.
Q: Who's your favorite athlete?
A: My current and former teammates.
Q: Who would be your dream date?
A: Jacob Artist from “Glee.”
Q: What would make up your all-time favorite meal?
A: Chocolate chip pancakes and artichokes.
Q: Who would you like to trade places with for a day?
A: Khloe Kardashian. She works in the kind of business I would like to be in and she gets to see NBA games for free since her husband plays.
Q: What's the wildest, craziest thing you've ever done?
A: It would have to be our basketball team scavenger hunt.
Q: People would be surprised to know that I…
A: ... Collect autographs from celebrities. I have about 50. My favorites are Steve Martin and Channing Tatum.
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or email@example.com.