Hampton's Sara Pilarski reflects on high school, eyes future
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Pine Creek Journal sports editor Jerry Clark caught up with Hampton center Sara Pilarski on the eve of the PIAA bracket to talk about the WPIAL season past and about the future.
Jerry Clark: “How excited were you to have the team sweep the section in your senior year?”
Sara Pilarski: “It was so amazing. To accomplish that, let alone win the section outright. Last year we tied for it with Mars, so it was nice for it to be ours. That is something I worked for since I was a freshman. Beating Mars is a task, but the girls worked so hard, and it finally came true. It was so much fun.”
JC: “How excited were you when you realized Hampton would be going to the PIAA bracket?”
SP: “It was the coolest thing ever. I was a freshman the last time we were in states, and I was like a deer in the headlights. To get a second chance at it is really amazing. We had a rocky game in the WPIAL playoffs, so it was great to get a second chance,”
JC: “How much will you miss Hampton when you graduate?”
SP: “I tear up just thinking about it. I have developed so many friends on and off the court and a good relationship with Mary Bukovac and Linda LeFevre. I am looking forward to college, but it will be hard to leave this behind.”
JC: “What is your favorite memory of your time at Hampton?”
SP: “There are so many different things … Bus rides, the way we dance to certain songs and the chants and cheers the handshakes you develop with teammates. The things that make a team close. After we won the section, we all cut a piece of the net from our home gym, and I made a bracelet with my piece. We did it on our senior night and cut a piece down.”
JC: “What are your plans past high school?”
SP: “I have not committed to a college yet, but I have a bunch of offers. The University of Pitt Johnstown, IUP, Seton Hill and Clarion are some. I have a lot of options, and I have not decided. I do want to study prelaw and English.”
JC: “Where do you think your game has improved the most from last year?”
SP: “I have definitely improved with my ball-handling skills and how I handle pressure. I have worked on my outside shots. My jumper and 3-point shot are getting pretty consistent, but the ball handling is big.”
JC: “Being a prominent player for a few years now, who do you pass the torch to when the season ends?”
SP: “This team is lucky, because a lot of girls have stepped up and can lead. I can't say one is better than another. Two freshmen have stepped up with Jada Alim and Lexi Griggs. Then Amanda Reese and Jordan Busshaus can lead and have a lot of potential.”
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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