CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay senior Shane Martinsen was a key lineman on the varsity football team, which finished the season 8-1, falling to Yorktown in the Section 1 Class A semifinals. Martinsen is also a forward and the top returning scorer on the boys basketball squad.
How old were you when you started playing football and how did you get started?
I’ve been playing football my whole life. I started playing flag when I was in kindergarten, and my first year of tackle football was in the second grade. My dad signed me up and got me started and I’ve always loved playing since I was little.
How did you feel overall about the team’s performance this season?
Overall, it was a great season. The way it ended, it still is a really sour taste and will be for a while, but we still won eight games and had a great season.
As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?
Now as a senior, I value being a leader a lot, and I think all the seniors did. We all lead by example and just worked really hard. It can make such a big difference in high school sports, and sets the culture.
What was your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you shared with your teammates.
The Thursday night dinners. Every Thursday before a game the moms would make a ton of food and we would all eat. We’d always be starving because Thursdays are our longest days of practice, and the food was always great.
What are your expectations for the upcoming basketball season?
I expect to be very good this year in basketball. We’re losing a ton of great players, but guys have put in a ton of work in the offseason to try and emerge themselves. The goal is always to win the section, and personally I’ve wanted to make the County Center since freshman year, so that’s the focus going into the season.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I’m playing lacrosse this year in the spring.
Will you continue to play football or basketball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that school?
I’m not sure yet. I’m applying to schools normally, and talking to coaches for both sports so we’ll see.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what will you study and why?
I’m going to study business. I’m interested in it, and can see myself doing something in business/marketing.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d want to time travel. It would be cool to go back and see things like the dinosaurs.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
California, I haven’t been there and it seems super nice.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Best place to eat in the Katonah-Lewisboro area?
I’d go with Empire Bagels in Cross River. I eat there all the time and they have great food.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?
Twitter. It updates you on everything going on, and is super entertaining. I can scroll through my Twitter feed for hours.
For a young athlete growing up in Katonah-Lewisboro, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the football and basketball programs and why should they go out for the team?
The football and basketball programs at John Jay have been so rewarding for me, and I would suggest them to any young athlete. There’s nothing like playing on Friday nights under the lights or in a packed gym. The support of the community is unbelievable and the coaching staffs are great.