Chelsea Woodsum: John Stark Female Athlete of the Season

  • Concord Monitor 2018 Winter Sports Awards Chelsea Woodsum John Stark

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Published: 4/20/2018 11:05:00 PM

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

The biggest challenge my team and I faced this season was having a new coach with a new style of play and new expectations. We came into the season with an open mind and developed a bond with coach (Bruce) Johnson as the season progressed. He was truly a great addition to our team.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

Autumn Nelson was the unsung hero of the team this season. Her hard work and grit during practice and games is one factor that led us to great success this season. She stepped up in big games with her defense and aggressiveness on offense. Overall she’s a great player who helped the team advance this season as far as we did.

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

I would extend games to 10-minute quarters instead of eight minutes, have a shot clock and have three referees for a majority of the games.

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

Yes, on game days I always wear white Nike socks and have the same food routine for away games, which consists of pasta salad, Cape Cod chips, a Gatorade, a Cliff Bar, a mango smoothie and an almond Hershey’s chocolate bar.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport?

Some unwritten rules in basketball are respecting everyone on the court during a game and high-fiving the opposing team once the game is finished.

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

On my team, Ashley Audet reminds me of Buddy (Will Ferrell) from the movie Elf. On the sideline she has great dance moves, always has a great attitude and is always loud on the bench cheering the team on.

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

I would say that being friendly, organized, hardworking and having a positive mindset would be extremely helpful cheat codes to a player in the game of life.

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

In five years I think that all basketball players will be embarrassed by the style trend of tucking the bottom of your sweatpants into your socks.

Where do you get your news?

I don’t really follow the news on a daily basis, but when I do, I get my information from the Concord Monitor or WMUR on my phone.

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

The best purchase I’ve made by far is my smartphone and my worst purchase would be a pillow pet.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

Elephants are one of the few animals in the world that cannot jump.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

I wish people could see lies, air and intentions.

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

I would go to school in Switzerland or Thailand, both areas seem adventurous to explore and would provide a good education and an overall atmosphere that would be a great and positive learning environment.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

Probably sloths since they don’t want anything to do with anyone.

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

I would ask them about the daily lifestyle in the future. Is the environment healthier? Do you still live under a Democracy? Have robots or aliens taken over? How much longer until the world will end? Have you cured cancer?

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 local restaurants for the atmosphere and food tasting, then show them the center of town along with the historical landmarks and lastly take them to Pat’s Peak for skiing and hiking to give them a taste of the outdoors and views of Weare/Henniker.

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

In the week prior to my eighth grade graduation my pod teachers hosted a roasting ceremony in honor of us.

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

The best thing about being a teen is trying new things and having limited responsibilities. The worst thing is balancing sports, friends, family, school and making life-changing decisions.

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