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TAYLOR ALSTON – JUNIOR – CLARION
Sports Played: Basketball and Volleyball
Parents Names: Denny and Emily Alston
Siblings: Ryan (18), Matt (15)
Social Media Handles: Instagram: @taylor.a10
2021-22 Highlights: Was a starting middle hitter on the 2021 back-to-back state championship team for volleyball. Lead the basketball team in rebounds.
College Athletics plan if applicable: If given the opportunity I would love to play a sport at the collegiate level.
Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: I started playing soccer when I was 5. My mom signed me up and I loved every second of it.
Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: I think the most important factor in being successful in high school sports is a strong work ethic, doing things outside of practices and games that will benefit you, and prioritizing things most important around you.
Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
A: When I’m not doing a sport I love to be outside and doing things with my family and friends.
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: Alex Morgan. I would ask her how she stays organized and manages time with games, practices, and other activities outside of sports.
Q: What is your favorite sport and if you could change one thing about your favorite sport, what would it be?
A: I can’t choose between basketball and volleyball right now.
Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: A chocolate croissant.
Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: Any place with a beach.
Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?
A: Who is your biggest influence in sports? I’d say my brothers. They push me to always do my best and everything between us is a competition. They also don’t hold back telling me their opinions so I learn a lot from them.