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2022-23 Player Profile: James O’Dell, Oil City Powered by Showcase Homes

James O'Dell.

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James O’Dell – Oil City – Junior 

Sports Played: Football with varsity letter and Track with JV letter
Parents Names: Tamara O’Dell and Timothy O’Dell
Siblings: Carter O’Dell, 13 years old
Social Media Handles: @ODellJames61(twitter),@james_o_61(IG)
2021-22 Highlights: Don’t have any standout plays yet but they’re coming next season.
College Athletics plan if applicable: I would like to play but it isn’t mandatory.



Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: Football and I liked it because it was fun. 

Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: Hard work in the weight room and classroom.

Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
A: Playing games with my brother or cooking with my mom.

Q: You could meet one sports figure, living or dead (1) who would it be and (2) what is the first thing you would ask them?
A: Devin Booker, and I would ask him how to have confidence like he does.

Q: What is your favorite sport and if you could change one thing about your favorite sport, what would it be?
A: My favorite sport is football and I would not change a thing about it.

Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: Mozzarella sticks. They’re fabulous.

Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: Anywhere in a city. 

Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?
A: No, the questions were fine. 


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