May 30th, 2014

20 Questions with Erika Downey

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

20 Questions with Erika Downey
Erika Downey plays shortstop and led the Jaguars to their third straight regional title last night / photo by Conor Revell

Since 1974 the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic has served the local area for orthopaedic problems and musculosketal issues. The sports medicine program has team physicians for local high schools which provide sports physicals and urgent care for athletes.        

On a weekly basis, Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to sponsor the "20 Questions" that will feature a high school student-athlete in the local Catholic high school community. If there is a specific student-athlete that you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to

Name: Erika Downey

Age: 18

Current school: Mercy Academy

Current Sports playing: Softball

Parish/grade school attended: Lassiter Middle School.

High school GPA: 3.90

Colleges considering or attending: Murray State University

1. What is your proudest athletic moment? Starting varsity as a freshman at Mercy Academy.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? She's Country

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

because she is an incredible shortstop & I want to be like her one day!

5. What is your favorite movie quote? “Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” Will smith - the Pursuit of Happiness

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports? It has impacted my approach by me playing for not only myself or my teammates but also God!

7. What is your favorite cartoon character? Jerry the mouse.

8. All time favorite board game? Monopoly.

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? iPhone. Itube

10. What is your favorite local restaurant? Bonnie & Clydes.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show? Swamp People.

12. What is your greatest fear? Being unsuccessful when I am older

13. What is your best quality/characteristic? I am outgoing and driven.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food? Jolly rancher chews.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? I like the morning because there are not a lot of people and I always like to run outside.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? Lizard, my mom gave it to me when I was little.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? Americana with all the children.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess? I can whistle without puckering my lips.

19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one - to travel forward or backward – which would you select and why? I would travel back in time to watch Babe Ruth play baseball at Yankee Stadium.

20. If you could pick one person, dead or alive, and ask them just one question that they had to answer honestly, who would you pick and what would you ask? I would ask Natasha Whatley how I could become a better softball player.


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