Post-Crescent sports reporter Ricardo Arguello goes one-on-one with New London senior softball player Emily Wilfuer:
Q: What are some things that your team does well?
A: Our team does a great job of working together. We’re one big family and we all get along very well and that shows when we play together. We’re also pretty good at singing along to country music on bus rides!
Q: How did you get into playing softball? Were you influenced by an older brother/sister, your parents? Perhaps a coach or classmate?
A: My family is the reason I love this sport. I grew up watching my brother play baseball and, as soon as I could, I wanted to start T-ball and eventually join a softball team when I was old enough. My parents have always pushed me to become the player that I am today.
Q: Congratulations! You just won two VIP tickets to see any musical artist of your choice! Which artist would you see and whom would you take with you?
A: This is a tough one, but I would probably go see Luke Bryan. I have pretty much every one of his songs memorized and he’s not too bad to look at, if you know what I mean! I would give my other ticket to my future UW-La Crosse roommate, Abby Huntington, so we could spend some time together before we move in!
Q: It’s favorites time! What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Book of Eli.” It’s got such a huge plot twist, it gets me every time!
Q: Favorite book?
A: “Before I Fall.”
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: “Breaking Bad.”
Q: Favorite aspect of New London High School?
A: My favorite aspect of our high school is how well I get along with my teachers. I have a special bond with some of them, and they have become a big part of my life over the past four years.
Q: Favorite place to relax?
A: Definitely my Grandma Roland’s house. She always has the best snacks and, in the summertime, it’s a great place to relax and float on the water in the pond in her backyard.
Q: Favorite meal prepared by mom?
A: I love my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup. I could eat it everyday, if she let me.
Q: Favorite sports memory?
A: My favorite sports memory was last Thursday during the last play of our sectional final game against Luxemburg-Casco. When we made the final play, it hit me that we made it to state and I broke down and started crying. It was the best feeling in the world. I couldn’t have been prouder of my team in that moment.
Q: Favorite childhood toy?
A: I had a stuffed white cat that I named “White Kitty.” Original, I know. I brought her everywhere with me. I couldn’t go anywhere without her. I still sleep with her every night.
Q: Here’s a scenario: You’re stranded on a remote desert island for the next 10 years. You have plenty of food and water, but you get to have three items with you. What would those be?
A: I would bring along my phone, so I could send snapchats, texts and videos to all my friends about all the good times I’m having on the island, a radio so I could listen to music everyday, and my dog, Mack, because I’d miss him too much if I couldn’t see him for 10 years.
Q: Finish this sentence: The New London softball team will …
A: … continue working hard as a team and give everything we have at the state tournament!
— Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or firstname.lastname@example.org; On Twitter @PCRicardo