The Jewish Link and Drink Up would like to recognize Samantha Pruzansky as this week’s Sportstar of the Week. Samantha is a sophomore at The Frisch School where she is a multi-sport athlete, most notably as one of the stars of the MYHSAL JV champion Frisch Cougars. When asked about Samantha, Frisch JV Basketball Coach Jade Walker said, “Samantha is a natural born leader and is one of the most goal driven young women that I have run into since I have been coaching. Her energy is contagious and her work ethic speaks for itself!” Frisch track coach Jeff Ruttner added “Samantha hit the ground running last year in her freshman year at Frisch, first during the cross country season followed by the track season. She won most of her races both short and long distance, competing in a yeshiva league with 10 different schools from both New Jersey and New York. She is both a dedicated and extremely talented young runner with huge potential. She also has great family support with both parents attending most of her competitions and offering to support their daughter as well as to offer support to the event organizers. She has been a pleasure to coach and contributes immensely to our team.” Frisch JV soccer coach Kelly Vincent shared, “Samantha is a hardworking player who is always eager to improve and do her best. She is always itching to play and show off her skills whenever she can. She is a great asset to the JV soccer team at Frisch and a very talented athlete!”
Samantha, congrats on being recognized as this week’s Sportstar of the Week! Who is your role model and why?
My grandmothers are my role models. My Safta has such a kind heart and excels at the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, always being so welcoming and warm. My Granna is so nice and always helps me review my English papers for school.
What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport is basketball because it always lifts my spirits.
What is your pregame routine?
I stretch and then shoot around with my teammates.
What is your greatest sports accomplishment?
Winning the MVP award this season at the championship game.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
My sisters Nicole and Ally are my favorite athletes. We always go to watch each other’s games. I love watching them passionately play.
What is your favorite sports memory?
Winning the championships with my amazing, talented and dedicated teammates this past season.
What is your earliest sports memory?
Playing basketball on the mini hoop in my basement when I was little.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not playing sports?
I like to exercise or hangout with my friends.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while playing ball?
Years ago, my Broncos team showed up to a game and we only had four players. We had to forfeit the game, but we still played a full court game against a full team just for fun and we actually won!
What is the best thing about being a Sportstar?
Making my family, teammates and coaches proud of me.
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By Jewish Link Sports Desk