Athlete Showcase: Buchanan’s Brooke Wesner
Brooke Wesner, is a junior on the Buchanan girls basketball team.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
BW: The greatest accomplishment as an athlete is coming in my freshman year and playing on varsity and helping the team to the first winning season in five years.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
BW: One of my biggest disappointments as an athlete would have to be losing this year to Benton Harbor in double overtime for districts.
What has been a hardship in your life?
BW: A hardship in my life is when I lost my grandparents. I thought my life was ending but it didn’t. Ever since they left and till this day, everything that I achieve or accomplish it’s for them. Before every game I thank them for everything they have done and they will never be forgotten.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
BW: A “hero” in my life would have to be my AAU coach, Kevin Brandy. They always believe in me and keep pushing to become the best I can be.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
BW: I’m the most nervous coming out of the locker room.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
BW: Putting up a shot and totally missing the rim. But I always say it was a great pass.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
BW: When I become independent from my teammates, I really dial in on lifting weights, working on ball handling, and most of all putting up shots. I push myself with the things I know I need to improve on.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
BW: If I was not competing in basketball the next sport I would choose would be cross country.
Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?
BW: My biggest fan I would have to say is my dad, Cliff. He has always been there guiding me and giving me advice during the game. He knows when I have my off games and so do I. I always end up finding him in the stands and he tells me to just focus on the next play and forget the last. I would truly have to say he has my back.
How would you give away $50,000?
BW: I would give it to the Saint Jude Hospital.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
BW: If I could be the head coach a team for a year it would have to be the UConn Huskies.
If I did not play sports, I would…?
BW: Go crazy. I couldn’t tell you what I would do. They are my life.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
BW: The most challenging thing for me and my sport is to get my team to believe and trust each other.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
BW: I wish we could hand check them like we use to (that’s how most kids were taught to play).
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
BW: “You’re a true team player Brooke.”
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
BW: The scariest thing I had to do was taking my road test for driver’s ed. Am I glad I did it, of course because now I’m able to drive.
What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
BW: The last thing that I saw someone do that really impressed me was our community coming out to support the girls’ basketball team at districts.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
BW: My favorite hobby is playing basketball. Basketball isn’t just what I do in my free time; I do it for a living. I enjoy everything about it. I can go on the court and do what I love to get things off my mind. This will never leave me, it’s with me forever.
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