YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Jesse Barer is a senior captain on the Yorktown girls basketball team. Her 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists helped lead Yorktown to a win against Nanuet on Saturday, Feb. 15, in an out-bracket game of the Section 1 Class A tournament. The 15th-seeded Huskers will take on No. 2 Hen Hud on Friday (Feb. 21).
Barer has committed to play lacrosse at Binghamton University.
How old were you when you started playing basketball and what got you started?
Basketball has always been in my family. My father played basketball at George Washington University and then overseas professionally in France, and also coached at the college level. I have been playing for as long as I can remember.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Yorktown basketball team?
I love the camaraderie of playing a team sport. Not only do I enjoy the hard work and grit that comes with playing at a competitive level, but I love to see the things that we can accomplish as a team.
What are your individual and team goals for the rest of the season?
My original goal for the season was for our team to win and advance in the playoffs, and since we have accomplished that I am very proud of my team. Moving forward, I want to “survive and advance,” and see us continue to improve on the things that we have been working so hard for the entire season.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
In regards to basketball, my dad and my older brother have been my biggest role models. I have learned everything I know from the two of them and watching my big brother play over the years has inspired me to have the same toughness and work ethic. Outside of basketball, my parents are my biggest role models. They have taught me about the importance of integrity and compassion.
As a captain, how do you view your role as leader?
I have taken my role as a captain very seriously and I love it. It has given me the chance to mentor the younger players and be a role model for all my teammates. I remember being the younger player who looked up to the upperclassmen, and I want to be an approachable leader that my teammates can connect with on and off the court. I also try to be an extension of the coach on the floor, and I really value the mutual respect that my Coach and I have for each other.
You’ve committed to play lacrosse at Binghamton. What made you choose that school?
I am so excited to play at Binghamton next year! The school has excellent academic standards and I felt that the combination of high academics and a great lacrosse program was the right fit for me. I really love the school community, in addition to the family atmosphere of the women’s lacrosse program. I also really like that the school is not too far from home, and a big bonus is that my big brother will be a senior there next year!
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I am planning on taking the pre-med track in college. I know that I want to help people, so I will be focusing on the medical field, most likely in pediatrics.
What music do you listen to before a game?
I actually don’t have any specific music that I listen to before a game, but the playlist that we use during warm ups always gets me pumped up.
Do you have any favorite pre- or post-game rituals you share with your teammates?
Before the game starts, my team and I get into a close huddle and have a pre-game talk. I try to get everyone pumped up for the game and remind them of the things we need to focus on. Anyone who wants to say anything can do so and we share a great moment of unity before we begin the game.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could kick butt like Wonder Woman, that would be my superpower!
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
Most people do not know that I can play the ukulele!
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
My favorite place to visit on vacation is Florida because my grandparents on both sides of my family live there, and in addition to the warm weather, seeing them is always special.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Jewel of Himalaya and Little Sorrento are my favorite places to eat in town.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I would have to say that Instagram is my go-to app. I like to see what is happening around me and share my little moments.
For a young athlete growing up in the Yorktown school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball team and why should they go out for the team?
There really is so much I could say to answer this question because of how much I love this team and program. This program has given me life-long friends and relationships, and a family that I love. I know that on and off the court there are eleven other girls who have my back, as well as my coach, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. I have also become a better overall athlete by playing basketball for as long as I have, and it is such a big part of who I am. To those younger than me: keep playing basketball because it is more than just the practices and the games; it is what the sport teaches you away from the court.