Jeannette senior tennis standout Rose lifts her game

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Senior Crystal Rose has been playing tennis for three years.

She got her start because her friends were already playing the game and she wanted to be active and participate in a sport.

“I like to watch it sometimes to see if I can learn anything from how they hit,” said Rose.

“It's a fun sport to me. It's one you definitely have to practice.”

She said there are so many different ways just to stand in a game let alone how many different ways there are to hit the ball, it can be a difficult game to learn.

“I want to get better and try to get to where I want to be,” she said, adding that the challenge of improving her skills is another reason she enjoys the sport so much.

Rose describes the tennis team this year as a group of funny and witty girls.

“We're not the best, but we try our best. We may not win all the time, but as long as we're trying our best and doing the best we can, having fun is the goal.”

This is head coach Doug Lawson's first year at the helm of the team.

“He's interesting. He's pretty good. He's the coach who would be there for you and support you,” said Rose. “He's a real character.”Rose laughs and said the team has fun making Lawson laugh at their silly antics.

Tennis is something Rose enjoys doing with her friends and she said it's a good way to get involved in high school. She hopes more students will give the sport a try and said it's fun to learn something new and to be active.

Rose also participates in track by competing with Hempfield High School athletes. Jeannette's track program ended several years ago, but before that time Rose gave discus and shot put a try. During her sophomore year, the school announced that athletes could participate in track at Hempfield and Rose decided to compete.

“I really liked it and it's nice to see how another school is coached and learn new things,” she said.

She plans to compete in discus and shot put once again this year.

“It's fun to meet new people from another school,” said Rose. “When you throw, you focus on energy and not think about anything else. It's fun to focus. It's another thing to get better at.”

After high school, Rose would like to go to college to become a pre-med student. She's looking at Seton Hill, Shippensburg and the University of Pittsburgh.

“It's started off as a child, I always wanted to help people. Ever since high school, I've been feeling like being a doctor is my calling. I like to help, to figure things out and to analyze.”

Rose saw a television movie “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” a biography on the life of Ben Carson who is a retired neurosurgeon, and the story was a big inspiration for her.

“He came from a poor family and he ended up at Yale and was the number one pediatric neurosurgeon in the world,” she said. “I had prayed about it to see what God wanted me to do with my life and this is what I feel.”

Rose is the daughter of Michael and Wendy Rose.

She would like to thank God for always inspiring her and guiding her.

“And I would like to thank my friends and family for supporting me and helping me in every way.”

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 724-838-5154.

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