CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Linn Carbaugh has been on the varsity softball team for four years and was named captain this year. The centerfielder led the team in singles last season.
In addition to her time on the softball team, she was on the JV basketball team for two years, receiving the Sportsmanship Award. She became the manager for the varsity basketball team this past season.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
Besides schoolwork and spending time with my family, I like to do Peloton cardio workouts to keep up with my fitness. Also, I have been mowing my lawn every few days with a push mower, which is surprisingly a great way to de-stress.
When did you start playing softball and what got you started?
I started playing in third grade because I watched my sister play and thought it looked fun. Also, I got tired of sitting on the sidelines watching her play, so I wanted to give it a try.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I chose the number 12 my freshman year mainly because I like even numbers and it was the only jersey number left since freshmen don’t get first pick.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at John Jay?
I have two favorite memories. First, the team’s spring break softball trip to Walt Disney World. Getting to play at the ESPN Zone was bigger than life and going on all of the rides with teammates was so fun. Second, the unexpected win over Panas in extra innings last season. Both memories will always bring a smile to my face.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model is my sister. In softball and in life, she has taught me to work hard, with both intensity and focus, to achieve your goals and to always do what you believe is right.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
I have learned that you have to be flexible, adaptable, and know that conditions can change constantly. No matter how much you prepare to play a game, things happen during the game that are out of your control and you have to adjust and move on. This isn’t the senior year I pictured, but this mentality is what is helping me cope.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I have a lot of little pre-game rituals. I make sure my pant legs are rolled up to the exact right height just below my knees and that my jersey is tucked in just so. Lastly, since I am not flexible at all, I always touch my toes to make sure I am stretched before the game starts.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to have super strength because it would make going on adventures like rock climbing or swimming across the ocean possible. Also, I would never have to do JP’s intense strength training workouts again.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
People would be surprised to learn that I have been on the Katonah Swim Team for thirteen summers, and I am one of the top swimmers in breaststroke on the team.
What place would you most like to visit?
I would love to visit Australia because of its unique animals and beautiful beaches. My sister and I plan to go together once I graduate from college.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
I love Little Crepe Street because the food is always so fresh. My favorite choice is the BBQ chicken crepe.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
My go-to app, now more than ever, is Snapchat because I love to keep up with my friends and see fun pictures.
Are you currently binging anything?
I am a big fan of crime shows, so I have been watching a lot of “911” and “Law & Order.” However, I do love certain documentaries, like “Tiger King” and “Unorthodox” to round out my binge-watching.
For a young athlete growing up in the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the softball team and why should they go out for it?
For many softball players, there is a time during the beginning years when the game can feel slow, which causes girls to quit. I would say to them, stick with it because it becomes an exciting game filled with strategy and skill. The team is very close knit and the players become great friends off the field as well. The John Jay softball program has always had great coaches that are very supportive both on and off the field that make it a great program to be part of.
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