ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Aubrianna Sturm | West Orange Times & Observer

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Aubrianna Sturm is one of West Orange’s best players on the softball team and was instrumental in the team’s success early this year and last year. Sturm was a major part of a nucleus of players that led West Orange to win five of their first six games a year after appearing in the regional final. She proved to be one of the best catchers in the district, adding 2 RBIs to the team effort with a .333 batting average.

What are some of the things you are most proud of being on the softball team?

Be part of the team and push me every day to improve. Also, persevering through struggles like not playing and not getting in my head about it. The key is to be mentally strong and keep going.

What drew you to softball?

I was 8 years old and they gave us these forms to join baseball and softball. I was always jumping from one sport to another – ballet, dance, basketball, karate, football – so I decided to give it a try. I talked to my dad, and he was all for it, so I walked out. I developed an attachment to the sport and have continued to play until now.

What’s fun about being a receiver and what’s exciting about it?

What I like most about being a receiver is being able to see the field and anticipate everything. If you call the pitches, you control the flow of the game. The hard part is that while you’re in control, you have to see things that a lot of people don’t see.

Contrast that with playing in the outfield.

(Because) I know the pitches, I can watch the catcher in the outfield and see what he’s calling, then change accordingly to anticipate where the ball might go based on the pitch.

You’ve made a good start so far. What was the main reason?

This allows us to continue, because in pre-season it was a bit fragile. However, we knew that once the season started we could get in the game and keep fighting from there. We know we can be at that level where we win consistently and eventually get to the States.

What is the team chemistry?

We all feed off each other when we see a person doing well. We want to compete and reach their level. We are all very close and hang out every day after school because of practice, we always talk with each other. It’s a great bond that we have, and we all know what we have to do when it comes to being on the pitch.

What is your favorite class so far this year?

My AP Environmental class, because my friends are in that class and we do a lot of group work. It’s a really fun class.

What do you hope to eventually study at university?

I lean towards the medical field, but then I find something else that I think I might want to do. It’s a bit in the air at the moment.

Favorite movie?

“Spider-Man: Far From Home.” I loved all the old Spider Mans coming together and the recreation of Gwen Stacy’s death scene from Andrew Garfield’s latest Spider Man movie where MJ falls but Andrew got redemption by catching her this time. They also portrayed it very well, bringing together the three universes.

What’s a TV show or Netflix you’re watching right now?

I just finished “Euphoria” and I thought it was cool. I wish it had ended a little differently, because it was sad, but it was cool.

Disney or Universal?

Universal, because the rides are more exciting. I like fast roller coasters, and Universal has plenty of them. My favorite ride is the Hagrid Motorcycle Ride just because of its speed.

If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things would you have with you?

My dog, a fridge to have with me and then a boat to get off the island.

The last book you finished?

“They both die at the end”, as the perspective would switch between the two protagonists.


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