Your Daily Local and D9and10Sports are 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. Player profiles for the week of Aug. 7 are powered by Showcase Homes.
KEELEY WHITAKER – SOPHOMORE – SHARPSVILLE
Sports Played: Basketball, Softball
Parents Names: Vanessa and Wesley Whitaker
Siblings: Kyle Whitaker (12)
Social Media Handles: Twitter:@kmw2025 Instagram: @keeleyw.softball
2021-22 Highlights: 1.000 Fielding percentage, .373 batting average, 19 hits, 10 1B, 7 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI.
College Athletics plan if applicable: I want to play in college
Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: The first sport I played was soccer. I played it because it was one of the only sports you could play in Franklin, Pa. at a young age. I did like it, but I wanted to play softball so I decided to not play soccer and give softball a try.
Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: Keeping a positive attitude. Everyone makes mistakes in the game, and you have to have a positive attitude and overcome the negative thoughts and keep playing and continue to be a good teammate.
Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
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: If could meet a sports figure. I would meet Serena Williams. I would ask her how did she become the successful athlete she is today.
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 softball. If I could change something about the sport I would change the opportunity to play pro softball. To have more teams and more leagues so there is more opportunity for women to play after college.
Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: A Chipotle chicken bowl, chips, and a Coke Zero.
Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: A big lake house that has a dock that leads to the water.
Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?