Athletes of the Week: Q&A’s with Reilly Harris and Janae Watkins

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Athletes of the Week: Q&A’s with Reilly Harris and Janae Watkins

Senior Janae Watkins gets set to throw the ball in an FHN softball game. Senior Reilly Harris prepares for a tennis match for Howell North.

Senior Janae Watkins gets set to throw the ball in an FHN softball game. Senior Reilly Harris prepares for a tennis match for Howell North.

Credit to Kamryn Bell

Senior Janae Watkins gets set to throw the ball in an FHN softball game. Senior Reilly Harris prepares for a tennis match for Howell North.

Credit to Kamryn Bell

Credit to Kamryn Bell

Senior Janae Watkins gets set to throw the ball in an FHN softball game. Senior Reilly Harris prepares for a tennis match for Howell North.

By Dominic Hoscher and Stacy Beasley

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Reilly Harris 

Q: What kind of role has tennis played in your life?

A: Tennis has kind of played a big role for me. It has taught me how to work with a team better and how important it is to have a positive attitude towards things even when you might not be happy with the situation.

Q: How did the season go for you individually? As a team?

A: Individually, it was kind of half-and-half. For the team, we could’ve done better, but Isabella and Olivia were undefeated in their doubles and did really well.

Q: What would you consider your best match of the season?

A: Probably my singles against Central in GACs. The girl I played is at the same level as me, so it’s never an easy match and we both try really hard.

Q: What are some of the most challenging aspects of being a student-athlete?

A: I definitely think trying to manage everything, because it’s really hard when you have practice right after school and then you don’t get home until six and then you have a ton of homework, while you still want to do other things. It’s just kind of hard to balance everything.

Q: How do you balance all of the school work with playing tennis?

A: I try to get as much stuff done during my free time, so if I ever have free time in class and I know I’m going to have homework I’ll try to get that started. And then just after school I make myself do it.

Q: How has playing tennis for FHN affected your relationships with your teammates?

A: It’s definitely brought me closer and I’ve met a lot of girls that I don’t think I would have met. It’s given me an opportunity to meet new people and learn how to get along with different people.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a student-athlete?

A: It teaches you a lot like how to balance multiple things in your life, and it taught me how to manage my time. It’s also given me the upperhand in learning things faster.

Q: What made you decide to play tennis instead of a different fall sport?

A: I managed boys tennis my freshman year, and I kind of always wanted to play tennis as I was growing up and just so I decided to join the team and give it a try.

Q: Outside of playing tennis together, what is your team’s culture like?

A: There’s a lot of different personalities so it’s cool for all of us to have something in common and kind of come together and just enjoy one thing.

Q: How has playing tennis affected you as a person?

A: It’s helped me more positive about things and look on the upside because in tennis you always want to play one ball, one point at a time you don’t want to let a lost point bring you down because then you’re going to play bad so I just put that into my lifestyle and take one thing at a time, as you don’t have to worry about your whole day just keep going.

 

Janae Watkins 

Q: How long have you played softball?

A: Since I was 3 years old. It’s always been a big part of my life and one of my passions.

Q: What’s your position?

A: First base, that’s always been my best position.

Q: What do you enjoy most about softball?

A: The relationships I make with players and coaches and doing something I love

Q: Did your team reach the goal you were aiming for?

A: I feel like we could have done better as a team, but we still did pretty good and i’m proud of the girls.

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

A: I think that we got a lot closer throughout the season and I really bonded with the girls. It was a good last season.

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