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 basketball player Sydney Hemler. Although the Bubblers went 1-1 last week, they have gone 3-0 in the last three division games.
For Hemler on Jan. 9 in a loss to York Suburban, 64-50, she notched a team-leading 22 points. In her last three games? She averaged nearly 20 points a game.
Q: What do you think had been your keys to success last week?
A: I wanted to win. I hate losing.
Q: What is working for the team right now?
A: I’m going to give the credit to the coaches on this one. The combination is brilliant, and as players we are beginning to really click as team.
Q: Anything the team is working on specifically? Anything that you’re working on?
A: I can’t give away all of our secrets, but right now we’re working on cleaning up the little things.
I am currently working on being consistent with my outside shot.
Q: Are you rooting for anyone in the NFL Playoffs?
A: I’m not an NFL fan, but I am a huge fan of baseball and hockey. The Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals are my teams.
Q: Any sports you’re really looking forward to watching in the Winter Olympics?
A: Ice hockey. Definitely ice hockey.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of basketball?
A: I play soccer year-round, I’m a drummer and eat a lot of Neato Burrito.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: That one’s easy. I’d be a professional sea shell hunter on Sanibel Island in Florida. My family and I are obsessed with finding sea shells.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: It all really comes back to my Pappy. He was the most generous and Godly influence anyone would ever know.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” — Mr. Fred Rogers