Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out in competition.
This week we select Red Land volleyball player Jake Radic. In a 3-2 win against Palmyra, the senior racked up 20 kills and five blocks and in a 3-2 win against Hershey, Radic racked up 18 kills.
Q: What are your keys to success as a volleyball player?
A: Volleyball is a lot about positioning and anticipation, at least when playing defense. If you can anticipate well you are winning half of the battle. Offensively, I jump as high as a can and swing as hard as I can (while staying accurate). Sometimes if the set isn’t perfect you have to be an athlete and make a play.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?
A: Anything that involves competing is fun to me. Obviously football is my favorite sport and I try to get together with my guys to pass as much as I can. But all sports are fun because they give me a chance to compete and win. This time of the year I especially enjoy pick-up basketball and golfing. I really enjoy listening to music of many genres (retro country, rap, alternative, indie).
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would love to play in the NFL because I would love playing a game to earn a living. My other dream job would to be a coach. When coaching you can have a positive influence on so many kids while they are still growing and developing. Some of the most influential people in my life have been coaches, so it would be awesome to have that impact on another person’s life.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My family has had the biggest influence on my life. My mom and dad have always preached about being a positive person. They have also taught me the value of working hard to achieving goals and that whatever I set my mind to I can achieve. My brother has blessed me with a role model in my life. He taught me how to compete and how to hate losing. He’s my best friend and without his influence in my life I’m sure I would be dramatically different. My little sister has taught me how to lead no matter who is watching. She is always watching what Morgan and I are doing and I’ve learned how to lead in a different way.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite colors?
A: I can’t stand the color green because in fourth and sixth grade Carlisle (youth football) beat my football team in the Super Bowl and it still stings. Looking back at those games I still get fired up because they shorted me not one, but two championships. I love the color red and navy blue. I always have and I always will.