April 7th, 2011

"20 Key Questions" With Maria Katzman

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Maria Katzman
photo from Facebook.com

Sacred Heart Academy senior takes on the Questions

Each week, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

With a combined total of nine freshmen and sophomores on its squad, the Sacred Heart Academy softball team wasn't sure what 2011 would have in store for this young bunch.

But behind the leadership of the team's lone senior - Maria Katzman - the Valkyries are off to a 7-4 start, including a championship at last week's Webber Farms/Bracken County Classic.

Katzman, who is considering several schools (including Western Kentucky University) as a collegiate softball destination, describes herself as a laid back person off the field, who loves being outdoors and doing things such as fishing, going to the beach, and attending country music concerts.

Recently, the lone SHA softball senior took part in the LouisvilleCatholicSports.com "20 Key Questions," and her answers are below.

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

"Raise your glass" by Pink  

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

Turkey sandwich and a yellow Gatorade 

3. What is the best part about being the lone senior on your team? The toughest part?

It doesn't even seem like I am the only senior on the team. I have been playing with some of these girls for a long time and I become very close to them. 

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

I look up to Jenny Finch because she is good role model on and off the field. 

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

There is too many to choose just one! "Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die. Follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong."- The Sandlot  or "I just like smiling, smiling is my favorite" - Elf 

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

My faith in God gives me the courage to be the best I can be. I know on and off the field, God is always with me.  

7. What keeps you motivated?

My dad is my biggest motivator. He comes to all of my games and inspires me to be my best. He tells me I can do anything I set my mind to and that has motivated me to always do my best. 

8. All time favorite board game?

"Apple to Apples" is my favorite game because it always gives me a good laugh.  

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry?

iPhone because it has great apps! 

10. Favorite Facebook function?

I like being able to tag people and to be tagged in pictures.  

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

American Idol because it would be my dream to be on that show but sadly I can't sing. 

12. What is your favorite pro team?

I really don't get into pro sports but I love going to University of Louisville sporting events 

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I feel I am a good listener and I am always there for my friends. 

14. Favorite junk/comfort food?

My favorite junk food is M&M cookies and my favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes. 

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

Lunch time because I get to talk to my friends and get a break from school.  

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

My nickname is Re-Re because my sister could not pronounce my name when I was born and it has stuck ever since. 

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

Americana Community Center because I loved working with the kids from other countries who just wanted to play outside. I bonded with a little girl names Crystal- all she wanted to do was hold my hand the entire time I was there.  

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I consider myself to be artistic. I love to draw in my spare time. 

19. If time machines were real and you could only travel in one direction - forward or backward - which would you choose and why?

I would go backwards to see what life would have been like before technology and cars were invented. 

20. What is your proudest athletic moment? 

I played in the Babe Ruth World Series with the Fern Creek travel team in the summer after my sophomore year. I was able to travel to New Hampshire where we placed third in the tournament.


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