EDH Athlete of the Week: Kate Green-JonesBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Kate Green-Jones doesn’t get a lot of attention as a goalie on Oak Ridge’s varsity girls’ water polo team.
Green-Jones, however, is good at what she does and that’s keeping balls from going in her goal. Her stellar play helped the varsity girls’ team to a third-place finish in the Sierra Foothill League and a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Trojans opened the postseason with a 12-3 win over McClatchy, a game in which Green-Jones made 10 saves. Oak Ridge then lost to second-seeded St. Francis.
Oak Ridge finished the season with a 10-14 record.
“Kate is one of our best players and a first-team all-league goalie,” Oak Ridge coach Patrick Foster said. “She’s by far the best goalie in the league because of her attitude, her dedication and because she never gives up. She takes the time in the offseason to get better and not a lot of girls do that.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Kate Green-Jones: I would love to continue playing water polo in college and to get my degree at a four-year university.
FT: How long have you been playing water polo and how did you get your start in it?
KGJ: The summer before freshman year I was getting my lifeguard certificate when one of the lifeguards told me that I should try it out. I've played ever since for the past four years.
FT: How do you feel you have played this season? Are you pleased with your performance?
KGJ: I feel like I played well. Of course, there are always those games where you think "I could've done this or that different," but that's a part of growing and getting better. As a senior and co-captain, I tried to set a good example for my team. I work hard, but feel there is always room for improvement.
FT: What about the team? How do you feel the team has played this year?
KGJ: We have steadily improved the past couple of years. Coach Pat has truly made us a great team, supports every team member, and I can't thank him enough for that. Everyone worked hard and it was our most successful season over the last four years. I'm extremely proud of them all.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Oak Ridge besides water polo?
KGJ: I've been in choir for the past four years now and recently joined the Art Media Club, which gets ideas flowing about how and what current events should be shared.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
KGJ: I don't know if it counts as a class, but my favorite class right now is being a teacher aide for Mrs. Angelo. She's hands down my favorite teacher of all-time.
FT: Favorite Food?
KGJ: It's definitely a tie between my dad's ribs and my mom's gnocchi.
FT: Favorite music?
KGJ: I listen to all different kinds of music, but Ed Sheeran is definitely my all-time favorite.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
KGJ: I have a dog named Stella, she's a lahsapoo. She likes to lay in my lap when I am doing homework or watching TV. She is definitely a cutie.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
KGJ: I really enjoy being outdoors and going camping or hiking, especially with all of my really close friends from my church.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
KGJ: What inspires me to get in the pool every day is competition. The need to get better and to protect the goal for my team is what drives me through every practice and game.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
KGJ: After I graduate from college, I would like to go into the Coast Guard or Navy and become a rescue swimmer. When it gets to the point where I can't do that anymore, I would love to become an elementary school teacher and/or coach water polo at any level.