Reed Between the Lines with Madie Summers


In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Sports Editor Scott Reed talks with Grafton High School Athlete Madie Summers

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I love to hang out with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I enjoy the lake in the summer and I have two dogs, Oakley and Cooper.

Who is your favorite sports hero and why?

Gabby Douglas, because she displays great perseverance.

What is your favorite movie about sports?

Happy Gilmore.

You participate in a few different sports. How do you find time for everything?

I always make sure I get my schoolwork done before my extracurricular activities. In the past, during the 3-week period, I’ve had to leave straight from soccer practice to go to cheer practice and then in the evening, I had basketball practice. Sometimes it feels overwhelming but at the end of the day I love it.

What qualities would make a player a good team captain?

Honesty and leadership.

What is the one thing you always do after winning a big game?

Celebrate by going to eat with my friends and family.

What are your best and worst memories in athletics?

My favorite memory would definitely have to be my hole-in-one at the Tygart Lake Golf Course. I honestly don’t have a worst memory. I try to learn from my mistakes and move on. 

Ever thought about coaching? If so, which sport would you like to coach?

I’ve never thought about coaching, but if I were to pick a sport I would choose soccer because I’ve played for so long and I know the game.

Who is your favorite musician or band?

Lil Uzi Vert.

What one word or phrase do you think describes you?

Energetic.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

God is greater than the highs and lows. Romans 8:38-39.

Where is your favorite away venue to play a sport?

Bridgeport, for both soccer and basketball. They have such a competitive athletic program. 

What would you say to a teammate who is really struggling to perform out there?

I would tell them to keep their head up and just keep working at it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself living in Florida and having a career in Dentistry. 

What do you think you do well as an athlete?

Communicating. I’m always honest, and if I need help, I will ask for it. I’m always willing to help someone else out too.

What would you tell a kid who has never played an organized sport because they were nervous but is thinking about trying out?

I would tell them what my dad has always told me which is just go for it and try out for the sport you’ve always wanted to play because you don’t want to regret anything ten years from now. 

Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head basketball coach.

“Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it.”

Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head soccer coach.

Kindhearted.

Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head cheerleading coach.

Selfless

What did you think of these questions?

I enjoyed answering these questions because they made me really think about why I love the sports I play. 

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

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