Athletes of the Week: Q&A’s with Peyton Hebert and Kira Ward

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Athletes of the Week: Q&A’s with Peyton Hebert and Kira Ward

Peyton Hebert runs in a cross country meet for Francis Howell North and Kira Ward prepares to serve for the girls varsity volleyball team.

Peyton Hebert runs in a cross country meet for Francis Howell North and Kira Ward prepares to serve for the girls varsity volleyball team.

Credit to Savannah Wandzel and Wil Skaggs

Peyton Hebert runs in a cross country meet for Francis Howell North and Kira Ward prepares to serve for the girls varsity volleyball team.

Credit to Savannah Wandzel and Wil Skaggs

Credit to Savannah Wandzel and Wil Skaggs

Peyton Hebert runs in a cross country meet for Francis Howell North and Kira Ward prepares to serve for the girls varsity volleyball team.

By Fabian Schwuchow and Stacy Beasley

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Peyton Hebert

 

Q: How do you balance school and sports?

A: It is a lot easier to balance my schedule with running cross country because it doesn’t take so much time, compared to football. I have more time after school to get my homework done.

 

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges in being an athlete in high school?

A: It can be if you let yourself go. I mean, if you stay focused and stay motivated, you’ll do pretty good.

Q: Why did you move from the football team to cross country?

A: I thought cross country would be a better fit for me, with my size.

Q: When you look back on this season, what went good and bad?

A: A big goal of mine when I came in was to run a 5k under 20 minutes. In my first meet I did, but one thing I really want to do is place at a meet and I’m on track to do that.

 

Q: Do you have any tips for people who would like to join a sport?

A: Don’t be scared, try something new, I wasn’t scared to join cross country I just did it and I’m really enjoying it.

 

 

Kira Ward

Q: How do you balance school and your sport?

A: I guess I’ve learned how to manage over the years, it was hard going into freshman year and then sorta balanced out sophomore year. I just make sure I’m diligent with getting my homework done after practice.

Q: What do you enjoy most about playing volleyball?

A: I think the sport is really fun, I think I’ve stuck with it so long that it’s become a way of life. It’s always there if I need a break or stress reliever.

Q: How much free time do you have?

A: Volleyball is my life. If I didn’t have volleyball I’d have too much free time.

Q: What went well for the team this season?

A: Compared to two seasons ago when we didn’t win a single game, we are doing pretty well. The girls are getting along great and having a lot of fun.

Q: How do you personally improve as a player?

A: I take my practices very seriously, I take private lessons from a coach and attend a lot of camps. I play sand volleyball too. I’m practicing year round.

Q: What’s some advice your coach has given you?

A: Keep a positive attitude, don’t let the last point get in way of the next point.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges of being an athlete in high school?

A: Definitely balancing the sport and schoolwork is hard. There’s a lot of pressure to maintain good grades for me.

Q: How has playing volleyball affected your social life and friendships?

A: If I didn’t play high school volleyball I wouldn’t have the close bonds I do with my friends. I’m very close with my teammates and have built those relationships through volleyball.

Q: Is there anything you want to improve on for next year?

A: My goal is to just be the best that I can be at my position. No matter where I’m playing at I just want to try my best.

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