Senior Co-Captain Motivates Young Tiger Team

Katie McCormack looks to pass against Keio. Credits: Deena Bell

North Salem senior Katie McCormack is a co-captain and forward on the varsity girls basketball team. She also is on the girls soccer team and spring track squad.

How old were you when you first started playing basketball and how did you get started?

I was 8 years old and played in the rec league, my father was the coach.

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How would you describe yourself as a basketball player and what are your strengths as a player?

I am a low post player with a quick first move and a good shot.

What are the team’s goals this season?

Our ultimate goal is to win sectionals and go into the state tournament. We are a very young team and we are going to have to work extremely hard to reach those goals.

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

My role on the team, especially since we are so young, is to be a leader, keep us motivated and push our team to work hard at all times.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

We don’t really have any pre or post-game rituals but my favorite part is riding the bus to games and developing relationships with all of my teammates.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My dad, because he always gives me advice when it to comes to playing sports and uses positive motivation.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

For one week every summer I volunteer and travel to Appalachia, West Virginia. With a local church group we rebuild houses for needy families in that area.

Do you plan on continuing to play basketball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

No I don’t plan on playing at a varsity level, but I may participate in the club teams or intramurals.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I want to go into nursing because I feel the science of medicine is not only extremely interesting but helping people is very rewarding.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Abby Wambach is my favorite player because she epitomizes mental toughness and the ultimate winning attitude that every athlete should have.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I don’t have anything particular but I like listening to rap and rock because it pumps everyone up.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I would want to fly because the ability to do that would be the most amazing experience.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece because it’s beautiful and I would want to find where my family came from.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

I generally don’t like to eat a lot before games, but after I typically like to eat pasta.

Best place to eat in North Salem and why?

Hayfields because the food is delicious and the people are nice.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, because I like posting pictures and seeing what other people have to post.

For a young athlete growing up in North Salem, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball program and why should they go out for the team?

Playing basketball in North Salem practically my whole life has for the most part been a great experience. I have played a sport I love and have made a lot of friends. Playing a sport like basketball can teach you many life lessons.

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