The Senior Spotlight for this Saturday of Memorial Day weekend shines on soccer and basketball player Mark Staudenmayer. Here is our conversation.
College plans: I’ll be attending Immaculata University and double majoring in Accounting and Finance.
What was your favorite class at CHS? My favorite class ever at CHS was history with Mr. McGhee because he was an incredible teacher and the time period was interesting to learn about.
Who or what got you interested in soccer and basketball? My parents got me interested in both sports. My dad coached me in basketball until 8th grade and both my parents pushed me to play both sports. I’ve been playing both since the time I could walk since I was always at the field for my brothers games.
Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career at CHS? My biggest influence on my athletic career has to be my parents and my teammates. These are the kids I’ve been playing with my whole life and they’ve made me along with my parents the player I am today.
Will you be playing any sports, varsity or club, in college? I will be playing varsity soccer at Immaculata University.
What is your most memorable moment from basketball and most memorable moment from soccer? My most memorable moment from basketball was my buzzer beater to beat Holy Cross at Holy Cross and keep them from winning the division. For soccer the best memory is a tie between winning the sectional title and my overtime winning goal in the state semifinal on the assist from Matt Ochman after Allen Barrett saved the game with a goal in the final minute.
Do you have a favorite post-game snack or meal? My favorite post game snack is chocolate milk or a Pepsi and a wawa Italian hoagie.
Do you have a favorite song or artist? I really love all types of music but two of my favorites are The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie.
Favorite movie: My favorite movie is Miracle.
Favorite TV show: My favorite TV shows are Suits and Criminal Minds.
What are you most looking forward to about college? I’m looking forward to the freedom and new lifestyle and changes that college brings.
What has been the most challenging part of playing two varsity sports in high school? The hardest challenge is really staying fit and healthy. A bump or a bruise can carry over from one season to the other and keeping my game at the high intensity I like to play with can be taxing. Thankfully I had people around me to pick me up if I ever slacked off.
What part of your personal game, in both soccer and basketball, has improved the most during your time at CHS? I feel that the mental side of my game has improved the most in soccer and basketball. When you get to high school the kids are always bigger, stronger and faster than you so you have to adapt. I feel that in both sports I was able to over my four years figure out how to produce in new ways and change my playing style to fit different situations.
What will you miss most about CHS? CHS is really a small community and everybody is so close. I’m going to miss all the kids I’ve been in school with for the 13 years and not seeing them everyday.
Image courtesy of Mark Staudenmayer