Sports Spotlight: Aubrey Neff
Paden City’s Aubrey Neff is this week’s Spotlight Athlete of the Week.
In volleyball, Aubrey is the reigning Player of the Year in the OVAC Class-A. She also helped Paden City win the Mason-Dixon, and the OVAC Class-A regular season title with a 26-17 record, while helping the Wildcats place runner-up in the OVAC Class-A Tournament.
For the season, she had 1,817 chances, with 683 assists, and only nine ball-handling errors. She also added 60 kills on 71 attacks, while serving up 480 points with a 96.7 percent service rating.
She works very hard on her game during the off-season as a setter, as well as her pitching, hitting and fielding for softball.
Neff was awarded Player of the Week in both volleyball and softball last school year. During the first week of the softball season, Neff had a very productive week. She won two games pitching with 10 strike-outs, while belting a home-run, two triples, one double and a pair of RBI singles in two games.
We asked her to answer a few questions about herself.
What do you want people know about you, that most people didn’t know? I enjoy playing the piano.
What is your favorite movie you have seen? Monsters Inc.
What your favorite book, and what is your favorite class? A Walk To Remember and Art.
And what is your favorite food? Cereal.
What is your favorite thing to do when you get ready for a game? Listen to music.
What do you like to do when your not playing sports? I enjoy many different activities. These include hanging out with my friends, playing with my dogs, reading, and spending time with my family.
If you could go back in time who would you want to talk to? My mom as a teenager.
Are you going to play any more sports at Paden City High School? This being my senior year, I will just play softball and volleyball. Only focusing on two sports gives me time to work on the off- season. It also gives me more time to focus on college classes, school work, and family.
Are you considering playing sports in the next level? Although playing sports at the next level is very tempting, and would be an experience of a lifetime, but I believe focusing on my academics will be the better choice for my future.
How hard is it to play softball with my dad as the coach? Having my father as the softball coach for the past 10 years has been a blessing. It does put a lot of pressure on me as an athlete and a daughter. Although we have our little feuds, I could never asked for a better coach or friend. My father and mother as well, have always pushed me to be the greatest I could possibly be.
Because my father believes I have the potential to go far and be successful, he always encourages me, builds me up, and helps me fix my mistakes. I know this year he will really help our team meet the level of success it should.
Last question, what is left for you to accomplish in sports this year? With only one year left of my high school career, I want to better myself and help better my teammates, not only as players, but hopefully as people also. I also hope the responsibility of being a senior leader this year will provide me with the qualities of leadership, kindness, patience, and open mindedness. In volleyball, our biggest goal is to attend Charleston in hopes of a state title. My team and I will hopefully accomplish this through working hard at practice, and fixing our mistakes every game.
In softball, my biggest goal is to work hard and have fun, but I want the result of my actions be a proud family and proud school.