In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Lady Bearcats Soccer Player Kenna Delaney
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a four-year member of the Lady Cats soccer team, a two-year member for the Lady Cats basketball team, and a present member in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am also a member of the Beulah Baptist Church. I have several hobbies which include painting, drawing, and crafts.
When and why did you start playing soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was five. I personally wanted to play when I was younger because all my friends had also signed up. I was at such a young age and I didn’t know that playing when I was five was going to lead for me to have such a love for the game.
What would you tell an aspiring player who is nervous about trying out?
If you have a passion for the sport and know you love it, don’t be nervous. When someone comes to tryouts and gives it their all, it is very noticeable to the coach and former players.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
Facing the Giants. This movie is about a football team that can’t win. They soon get a coach that is a preacher, they start believing and following God which leads them to the playoffs.
Who is the best athlete you’ve ever played against?
Ashton McKane. She was a striker for Robert C. Byrd. She was definitely the fastest and most skilled player I have ever faced.
What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about soccer?
“Why are there no timeouts?”
What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in high school sports?
That all headbands and under shirts must match. Yes, the team does look organized, but it is such a battle sometimes.
What are your best and worst memories in athletics?
My best memories are just being able to play the game I love with the best group of friends by my side. The bad memories are losing games, but there is always something you can take away from a bad game to learn from it.
If you could be a successful professional athlete in any other sport, what would you choose and why?
Volleyball. The game looks fun and it is always intense.
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head soccer coach, Lorraine Isner.
Who is the best singer on the team?
I don’t think anyone could answer this question on the team LOL.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
I would pick the present and it would be Kevin Hart. I would laugh so much.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working in the job and place I have always wanted. Other than that, I’m going to go day by day to see where life takes me.
What do you think you do well as a player?
One thing I thought I was pretty good at is backing up my teammates and recovering for them.
What do you think you need to work on as a player?
When you go one-on-one with someone you can’t stab at the ball. It’s an easy way to get beat in the defense when I went one-on-one, I stepped too quick.
Where is your favorite away venue to play and why?
Robert C. Byrd. The field is turf so you don’t have to worry about grass. The stands are also very high so it looks like there are very few people in the stands, it relieves some pressure.
What is the toughest position to play on the soccer field and why?
To me I think it would be all, not just one. No matter the position you are always going to have one goal to try and accomplish. Every position is challenging from striker to goalie.
What would you say to someone who really doesn’t understand soccer?
The game is very difficult to understand not knowing the rules. The rules also are not easy to understand so they would have to be well explained.
What did you think of these questions?
They really made think about some things that have never really crossed my mind.
*Each week the Mountain Statesman features a coach, player or personality from Taylor County. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.