North Salem senior Maggie Boardman is a pitcher and team captain on the varsity softball team. She also was on the basketball and soccer squads.
How old were you when you began playing softball and how did you get started?
I started when I was 9 years old and in fourth grade. I started in the North Salem recreation program when my stepdad introduced me.
What are the team’s goals heading into the postseason?
Our goals are to get back to where we were last year and go further. Last year we made it to the regional finals and lost, but we had a great time. This year we have to play together and put in the hard work to get back there.
As a senior, how much do you value being a team leader?
I see myself as someone who will always be there to pick their teammate up when they are down and encourage them. Being a team leader has made me a better person. It has changed the way I see the game and how I play.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you shared with your teammates?
My favorite pregame ritual is getting to home games early and dancing to the YMCA.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents. I’m lucky enough to have four and each and every one of them has encouraged me to play my best and continuously improve. They have driven hundreds of miles to travel games and sat in rain or shine to watch me play from recreation softball to varsity.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I lived in Tennessee when I was younger.
Do you plan on continuing to play a sport in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
It depends on my schedule and workload. I’m studying at Temple University next year and they don’t have a D1 softball program anymore, but they do have a club softball program.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
Yes, I want to study biology with a pre-med track. Medicine has always been a large part of my life, whether it was for me or someone in my family. I love the idea that I have the ability to save someone’s life and give people a second chance.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I don’t really have a favorite music genre when warming up for a game. I can listen to just about anything. I tend to lean toward anything that gets me excited to play.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Ability to go through time, so I could save more lives in the future and make sure I get enough sleep.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Costa Rica. It has the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure. I could relax on the beach one day or be zip lining another.
Best place to eat in North Salem and why?
I really like Hayfields because they have a lot of variety and great food. They have great egg sandwiches and paninis.
For a young athlete growing up in North Salem, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the softball program?
It has made me who I am today. I’ve made lots of friends through the program and gotten to know a lot of people in North Salem. I would not be the person I am today without the softball, soccer and basketball programs that North Salem offers. It allows kids to get out and have fun and make friends. Everyone who is interested in the sport should try it because it is a great way to stay active and make friends. No one should be afraid to try out because whenever you try something new it is always strange, but I encourage young people to stay with the sport because as you grow it gets better.