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Ahna McCusker: Coe-Brown Female Athlete of the Season

  • Coe-Brown’s Ahna McCusker (14) looks for an open teammate during Tuesday’s game at Pembroke. The defending champion Bears lost to the Spartans, 44-25.


Friday, April 20, 2018

What was the biggest challenge you and your team faced this season and how did you overcome it?

Age was a huge factor for our team this year, because we had a lot of young players that were pulled up. This contributed to the overall experience level of our team, and it had its ups and downs. We overcame this inexperience with a positive attitude and hard work during every practice and game.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

Shayla Ashley has always been one of the toughest teammates I have ever had. This season especially, she pushed everyone in practices as hard as we could and always made sure to be vocal about how much effort we should be putting in. She was easily the best at boxing out on the team, and always made sure to prove that to the rest of us. Next year she will be a senior, and I know that she will lead the team and move on to do great things with her academic career.

If you could improve high school basketball in New Hampshire, what would you do?

I would improve the consistency of the officiating between girls’ and boys’ games. Boys’ basketball has always been allowed to be much more physical than the girls game, and I don’t think this is fair at all. It’s 2018, girls can play just as roughly as boys can.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they?

I have worn the same socks for every competitive sporting event I’ve had since freshman year. This includes cross country, track, basketball and I would even double up and wear the socks under my soccer socks if it was a big game.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport?

I have always made sure to judge players based on how they are on the court, and not by how their coaches are. There are a lot of coaches I have played against who were total jerks, but that didn’t mean that their players were. I think it’s important to realize that at the end of the day, no matter how competitive you are, there’s no need to be awful to other people. You can win and still be classy about it.

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a TV show or movie character?

My team had a joke about one player in particular, and her name is Sydney. Whenever she went onto the court, we called her the Tasmanian Devil. This is because if anyone has ever seen Looney Toons, you would see how insane and destructive this character is. Well, that basically summed up Sydney with a ball in her hands.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be?

I would definitely want there to be a cheat code for instant breakfast in the morning because I never have time to make it.

What is something that is really popular now, but in 5 years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?

Donald Trump.

Where do you get your news?

I usually try to look at networks that lean both Democrat and Republican so that I can see both sides of the news.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

The best purchase I have ever made was my Pink Floyd jean jacket. The worst purchase was a caramel apple in Boston for $10. I have never felt more like a gullible tourist in my life.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

The lighter was invented before the match.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

I’ve always wished that I could show people what’s going on in my head, like memories and stuff. It would be so much easier to just show people what you want them to know instead of trying to figure out how to say it.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why?

I would like to go to school in France, particularly Paris, because the fashion industry is huge there and that is something that I am very interested in.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

Definitely cats. I hate cats.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

I would ask them if we had murdered our planet yet, and if not, how long until we would.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do?

I would bring them to Johnson’s Dairy Bar and have them order a large ice cream, and then make them eat the whole thing in one sitting.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?

My third grade teacher used to stand on top of the tables and dance randomly in class. She was the coolest.

What’s the best and worst thing about being a teen?

The best thing is having your entire life ahead of you. The worst thing is being expected to act like an adult but being treated like a kid.