D9and10Sports.com is highlighting returning high school student-athletes this summer. The year in school listed next to the athlete’s name is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
JULIE PETERSON – SENIOR – RIDGWAY
Parents Names: Jennifer and David Peterson
Sports Played: Basketball and softball (for Johnsonburg as part of a co-op)
Siblings: Lisa Peterson (10 years old)
Social Media Handles: Twitter: juljul6508, Facebook: Julie Peterson
2020-21 Highlights: Basketball: Academic MVP (had the highest GPA/grades) and Offensive MVP (top scorer on the team) 3-year letter winner; Softball: Pitched 6 games with 2 hits or less
58 strikeouts in 10 games; .308 batting average with 20 RBIS; 2-year letter winner (lost my sophomore year due to COVID)
College Athletics plan if applicable: She does not plan on playing college athletics
Q&A With Julie Peterson
D9and10Sports: How did you first get involved in sports and did you like it?
A: I first got involved with basketball when my cousin gave me her old basketball hoop. I started to shoot every day and eventually signed up for basketball in fifth grade. I got involved with softball when my parents signed me up for Little League. I loved both of the sports.
D9and10Sports: Who has been your biggest influence in life and why?
A: My biggest influence would be my father. He has always been my biggest motivator and has worked so hard to help me get to where I academically and athletically am today. From shooting hoops in our driveway to getting lots of bruises when catching for me, he would always be there. Thanks, dad for everything!
D9and10Sports: What is your favorite high school sports memory?
A: Basketball: Beating ECC in a buzzer-beater contest to move on to the finals of the 2019 Elk County Holiday Tournament. Softball: There was a bus time mix-up and the whole team had to pile into two Suburbans with our coaches driving them to get to Port Allegany on time for a double-header.
D9and10Sports: What is your favorite social media platform and why?
A: My favorite social media platform is Snapchat because it’s my main source of communication with all of my friends/family members.
D9and10Sports: What would someone who is meeting you for the first time be surprised to find out about you?
A: They would be surprised to find out that I am adopted because I look just like my mom and dad.
D9and10Sports: If there was one period in history you could go back to, what would it be and why?
A: I would go back to the 80s because the music was good, the clothing and hair were crazy, and I would want to see my parents when they were in high school.
D9and10Sports: What will you tell your kids someday about living through the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: I would tell them that it was a time of unprecedented changes for everyone. While it took time to slow the spread by wearing masks and social distancing, a vaccine eventually came out thanks to all of the hardworking scientists and researchers and life slowly moved back toward our “new” normal.
D9and10Sports: What is your ideal place to live? Country, City, Suburb and why?
A: A suburb would be ideal because I can get all of the perks of living in a city without actually having to live there.
D9and10Sports: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the answer?
A: No, but once again, I would like to acknowledge all of my past and present coaches for all of the hard work and dedication they have put in to us girls. I can’t thank you all enough. Also, thank you D9/D10 for giving me another opportunity to do one of these!