Spotlight: Elizabeth Conley
This weeks area athlete spot light is on Valley Lumberjill junior Elizabeth Conley. Conley participates in volleyball, softball, cheerleader and is in the Lumberjack Marching Band.
Besides playing multiple sports, as well as band, Elizabeth does sign language at all the basketball games and signed the National Anthem at the boys basketball state sectionals 2019 and will be returning to do it again in 2020.
She is this years Field Commander, too. In volleyball, she is the main setter, and in softball she plays right-field and pitches, and also holds above a 4.0 GPA, her dream is to become a veterinarian.
The Wetzel Chronicle asked Conley of she would fill out a questionnaire about herself, so help people to know her a little better and below is what she stated.
What expectations do you have of yourself as a player, and what do you expect from your coach? My expectations of myself are to try my best and give 100 percent every time I go onto the court or field. I expect my coach to push me to be my best and keep the team on the right track.
What have you learned about teamwork from being on the team? I have learned that if you do not work as a team or if you are not willing to work with your team and your coach, you will never be a winning team. You have to try your best but at the same time you have to do what is best for the team.
How does the team make you a better player? . The team makes me a better player because they’ve taught me how to be a better leader and how to work with other people. They encourage me in everything and help me with me when I am struggling.
What words of advice or encouragement do they have to share with younger athletes? My words of encouragement to younger athletes would be to keep going. Try your hardest and the work you put in will be recognized. You only get out what you put into practices and games.
What coaches, teacher or other people have been great influences in your life and why or how? Since I go to such a small school, Gary Partridge is my coach for two out of the four sports that I do. We do not get along all the time, but most of the time he is encouraging me and helping to make the team better. Another important person in my school life has been Donald Taylor, he will not be with me for these next two marching band seasons, but he has always believed in me that and pushed me to do my best. Since my mom is one of my coaches, she always keeps me doing what I’m supposed to.
What one word or phrase do you want people to associate with your name? Hard Worker
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player in the sport(s) you play?
My strengths in the sports I play are normally that I can lead the teams that play for in one way or another. I make sure that I work with the team. My biggest weakness in very competitive sports like volleyball and softball is sometimes that I put too much emotion into what I am doing and it gets in the way of my focus.
What do the coaches/parents/other adults do that makes sports more enjoyable for you? The coaches in the sports I play are normally there to make sure we are doing what we need to. Sometimes they make things fun for us by letting us do games that have to do with the sport. Every once in a while in volleyball we will have a “fun practice” where Coach Gary plays volleyball on one of the teams and we play music. Sometimes in cheer we will take a day off if we have a lot planned in a week and we all just need a break. The parents in our sports always make sure that we all have everything we need and are always willing to help out with concessions, snacks, and rides to tournaments and games during the summer.
What do the coaches/parents/other adults do that makes sports more stressful and less enjoyable?. Sometimes the coaches can push us and sometimes it is taken the wrong way. I think I would say that it is stressful when the players and the coach are arguing in the middle of a game situation.
In the bus ride home after the game do you like to talk about the game, or would you rather wait till later or the next day?. Normally not a lot of girls ride the bus home from our games, I normally do since my mom coaches and my car is normally at the school anyway. When we do have a lot of people on the bus, we normally don’t talk about the game a lot, we are normally just talking about other stuff happening in our lives and wait to discuss the game with our coach.
What are your goals for your team next season in both basketball and track, and how do you plan on achieving your team goals? My goals for the volleyball team this season are to eliminate the drama, work as a team, and maybe win some more games than we were able to last year. We all have very strong opinions and care about the team a lot, so you could say there is some arguing that happens. My goals for the softball and cheer teams this year are to work harder as a team and have more focus.
What is something about you that most people don’t know? . Something about me that most people do not know is that I love to travel. I don’t always get the chance to since I always have something planned with all my sports.
What would you like to see, sports wise at your school that you don’t have already? . I would like for our school sports to have more communication between the school and the coaches. Other than that, I think we would all love for our school to have its own softball field.
Who is your favorite collegiate or professional sports hero? I do not really have one specific sports hero, but I did go to a WVU volleyball camp last summer and they are all really inspiring in how much they love the sport they play and how hard they are willing to work for it.
If you are a cheerleader, could you tell the readers what you guys do day-in-and-day out to keep you in cheer-leading shape, as well as getting prepared for the football season? OI don’t believe readers really understand what you guys do to what you guys do? My freshman year all I did was basketball cheer so I can’t really speak much to that year, but my softball year our coach decided to take us to competition. She had to find a choreographer and go through the school for all the payments, and she had to order uniforms. As athletes we had to learn how to do stunts and learn the whole dance for competition and get it down. This year we are working a lot harder than last year. We had a two day camp with our new choreographer who worked us pretty hard. He gave us a conditioning schedule for June, July, and the beginning of August. He also showed us a few things he wants us to practice for our competition. We all have to practice jumps all the time to see any progress with them. Before football season starts we have to get the freshman prepared for football games by teaching them all the cheers we do and the fight song.