Standing on a ladder, Mariah Cantrell placed the names of Hatton High’s girls basketball players on a board that hangs inside the school’s gymnasium.
That Cantrell was asked to do this job isn’t surprising. Energy isn’t something the Hatton senior is short of.
Outgoing and energetic — and often silly — Cantrell has a personality that’s hard not to like. She’s also pretty good at sports, too.
Cantrell has played a prominent role on Hatton’s successful volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She has three state championship rings in softball, and has been named to multiple Decatur Daily all-area teams.
Cantrell, a Calhoun softball commitment, met with Decatur Daily sports writer Justin Graves to answer 10 questions:
Question: You are a three-sport athlete, but do you like one more than the others?
Answer: Not really. This may sound weird, but whatever season it is, that’s the sport I enjoy most. When it’s volleyball season, I don’t want that to end. Same thing for basketball and softball. I love playing all three.
Q: Playing sports year-round demands a lot of time. Does that ever get tiresome?
A: Sometimes. I’m always doing something and there isn’t a lot of free time. But it’s worth it because this is what I love to do.
Q: What is your favorite class?
A: Anatomy. It doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but it looks like when I’m in college, that I’m going to have to take a lot of similar classes. Might as well learn to like it now.
Q: You already have a full schedule, but if you could play another sport, what would it be?
A: I don’t think there is another sport that I would want to play. We have a good cross country team, but that’s not for me. The three sports that I already play, those are really the only ones that I’m interested in.
Q: Are there any interesting personalities on Hatton’s basketball team?
A: Oh yeah. Too many to name. Off the top of my head, Hannah (Harper) and Boston (Claborn). I’d say that’s two of the better personalities that we have.
Q: Hatton basketball reached the Class 2A Northwest Regional last season. Can this team match that, and possibly do more?
A: I think so. We’ve got a long way to go … have to get used to playing together. But I think we can have another really good season.
Q: If you had $50 that you could only spend on yourself, what you buy?
A: Probably clothes. That’s about the only thing I ever buy. Who doesn’t like buying clothes?
Q: Do you know what you want to do after college?
A: Sadly, I don’t. That’s something I’ve put a lot of thought into, and I need to put a lot more thought into. I have some ideas, like being a sports trainer, but I can’t make up my mind. This is something I’ve got to spend some time thinking about over the next few months.
Q: What has been your best memory with Hatton athletics?
A: That’s easy. The state championships (in softball). There’s not a better feeling in the world than winning a state championship.
Q: You have been a part of three softball state titles and deep postseason runs in every sport.
What has that been like?
A: Amazing. I probably couldn’t ask for a better high school experience. We have a chance to win a fourth straight state championship in softball, and we feel like we can be pretty good in basketball.
When it’s all over, and I don’t want it to ever end, I’m going to have a lot of good memories.
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