Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Boiling Springs diver Jack Still. The Bubblers hadn’t had a District 3 title since 2002, but on Wednesday Still changed that.
Still scored 405.00 points to beat out Trinity’s Riley Spahr (376.50) for a District 3 Class 2A gold medal.
Q: You’ve won the first district diving title for the Bubblers since 2002. What does that honor mean to you?
A: It means a lot. It hasn’t happened for a while — pretty much since I was six months old, basically. It meant a lot, especially since my coach had won it in the late 90’s. It was good to follow in his footsteps.
Q: How did it feel to have that medal hanging around your neck?
A: It felt really good. I had been so close to it at Mid-Penn’s and I really hoped it would turn around for the better at districts.
Q: What was it like competing against Trinity’s Riley Spahr?
A: It’s always a good competition. He and I are always really close in the meets, just a few points away. We’ve swapped out like, he’s won two or three and I’ve won two or three. I was really happy that it turned out in my favor at the meet that I thought mattered more.
Q: Was there anything that made you nervous going into the dives?
A: I had messed up a few of them at Mid-Penn’s and I was hoping I wouldn’t make the same mistakes going into districts.
Q: What are the goals for you now?
A: Just keep a level head going into states, have fun with it, compete well, stay consistent and best case scenario I get a medal. I’m really hoping for Top 12.
Q: Is there any type of dive that you really want to try but haven’t?
A: No, I’m keeping it pretty consistent for states. Coach Houser always tells me that if you dive consistently you’ll be hard to beat, so I’m just keeping with what I know.
Q: Any dive that you would say is your specialty?
A: Not really. As I said, I’m pretty consistent on all of them, so I shoot for an average of 6’s all on my dives. Inwards are always a consistent dive along with 2 1/2’s and front 2 1/2’s.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of diving?
A: In the off season I run cross country and track and I high jump. I really enjoy that because it’s a good break from diving.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: It’s going to be pretty basic. I really enjoy math classes, so anything math-oriented really is up my alley.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: It would definitely have to be my parents. They’re both ex-military, so I’ve been able to see all of the sacrifices they’ve made for us and I really appreciate that, both for my family and for our country.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: Coach Houser and I always like to say “rise and shine,” because that’s what his coach had told him when he was in my place in the late 90’s. So we’ll text that to each other every morning before big meets and it always means time to get up and get ready to go, it’s a new day.