Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks sports with Brooklyn Palmer


In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Lady Bearcats Soccer Player Brooklyn Palmer

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a senior at GHS and I play soccer, cheer, and I’m also a majorette. I’m a member of the National Honor Society and I represent GHS at the National Honor Society of High School Scholars. I plan to attend WVU in the fall of 2021 to study anesthesiology.

What have you been doing with all of this *me off?

Working, babysitting, and going to soccer practice. I have also been completing my summer assignments for my AP classes.

How do you feel about COVID-19 affecting school and sports?

I believe COVID-19 hasn’t had an effect on my soccer practices because we’ve been practicing for 10 weeks and nobody has gotten sick, but school on the other hand is going to be challenging.

What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about soccer?

“Are you really a foot fairy?”

What’s the toughest position to play on the soccer field? Why?

I believe that all of them are equal when it comes to being toughest. You have to have an offense to score but you have to have a defense and goalie to keep the ball away/out of the goal we defend.

What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in high school soccer?

At the beginning of Phase 1, we were divided as a team into three groups. This was challenging due to our team not being able to bond the way we needed to.

What one word or phrase do you think describes you?

Dedicated.

Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head coach, Lorraine Isner.

Passionate.

If you could go back and change anything you’ve done in your athletic career, even if it’s just something minor, what would it be?

I wouldn’t have taken a two-year break at eight years old.

What is your favorite movie about sports?

The Blind Side.

You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?

My nannie because she always encouraged me to be my best and was always there for me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Working at Duke Hospital as a nurse anesthesiologist.

If you could excel at any other sport, what would it be and why?

Basketball because I’ve always been told I’d do well because of my height.

What do you think you do well as a player?

Encourage my teammates.

What do you think you need to work on as a player?

My attitude toward rivalries.

Who has been your biggest influence in athletics?

My parents. They always supported me and drove me to and from my games and practices and always pushed me to my full potential.

Where is your favorite away stadium to compete at and why?

Wheeling Park (Wheeling Island Stadium). Their locker rooms are huge.

Give me the name of one player on your team that doesn’t get the recognition she deserves.

Jadyn Blackhurst.

What makes the best soccer teams in the state great?

Teamwork and dedication.

What did you think of these questions?

They were challenging at times but I enjoyed them.

*Each week the Mountain Statesman features a coach, player, or personality from Taylor County. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.

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