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. 8 are powered by Showcase Homes.
OLIVIA DARLING – SENIOR – YOUNGSVILLE
Sports Played: Volleyball, basketball, and track & field. I have lettered twice in each
Parents Names: Patrick and Ronda Darling
Siblings: Gwendolyn Darling – age 21
Social Media Handles: Instagram – @artist_darling
2021-22 Highlights: Volleyball (middle hitter) – award for the most kills with 74. Basketball (forward) – best blocker and teammate award. Track & field (100H, 300H, javelin) – lettered in the first two meets.
College Athletics plan if applicable: Unless I’m scouted, I wasn’t planning on playing for a college. However, I wouldn’t mind playing for a club or something else similar.
Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: Soccer was the first sport I played because my parents wanted me to be active. I have mostly played for Kinzua and then for Falconer. I did like it, but they sadly didn’t have a girls’ team for my age group one year and I decided to stop playing.
Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: Good team morale and hard work. Also, never giving up when it gets tough.
Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
A: Hanging out with my friends when I can.
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: Madison Wiltrout. She is considered one of the best javelin throwers that came out of the state of Pennsylvania. I would ask her what her normal workout looked like.
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 volleyball. I’m a middle hitter, so I would love to be able to block a serve, but I understand why that is a rule.
Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: Mashed potatoes with hamburger gravy.
Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: Going to Hawaii.
Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?
A: How are your grades during the time you play sports? My grades always stay in the high 80s through the 90s. This past year I have gotten the merit honor roll for every marking period.