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Athlete of the Week: Stephanie Maldonado, Lakota West

Name: Stephanie Maldonado

School: Lakota West High School

Sport: Softball

Class: 2018

Age: 17

Claim to fame: I broke Coach Castner’s car window with a foul ball.

Bet you didn’t know: I adopted two Rottweilers from the Animal Friends Humane Society.

Toughest opponent/why: I believe my toughest opponent is Mason. Mason brings good offense and defense and always helps push me to be a better pitcher.

Favorite book: A Wrinkle in Time

Favorite movie: Lion King or Moana

Favorite TV show: The Magicians

Favorite musical artist/song: I Like Me Better by Lauv

Favorite athlete/why: Lindsay (Bodeker) Youngstrom who pitched for West and Ohio State. She was my pitching coach who helped me strive to be a better pitcher, as well as a better person.

Favorite smell: The smell of freshly baked cookies or vanilla candles.

Favorite home cooked meal: My dad’s Puerto Rican empanadillas.

Game day rituals: Writing “Believe” and Philippians 3:14 on my arm and listening to music to relax.

Person who would play me in a movie/why: Hailee Steinfeld because many people say I have a resemblance to her.

Words you live by: Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

Biggest influence/why: My parents because they have supported me through my ups and downs.

I am most annoyed by: People who chew with their mouth open.

You can’t live without: Music

Most embarrassing moment: Slipping on a wet bridge next to our varsity softball field.

In 10-years, I’ll be: A marketing manager in a clothing or jewelry company.

Best thing about softball: The excitement experienced while playing the game and building relationships with the girls on my team.

Worst thing about softball: Getting injured or watching a teammate get injured.

Vegetable I just won’t eat: I’ll eat basically any vegetable. I’m not a picky eater.

Favorite junk food: Anything chocolate.

Favorite school subject: Science-Chemistry and Physics

Last DVD or video game I bought: The newest Disney movie Coco

Person whose brain you’d like to pick: Gabriel Iglesias

Love to trade places for a day with: Ellen DeGeneres

When I’m bored, I like to: Paint, draw or do crafts because I am very artistic and creative.

Worst habit: Shopping

On your bedroom walls: DIY crafts and paintings I’ve made.

Talent I’d most like to have: To be a great dancer.

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